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City of Rochester

Rochester Preservation Board

Bureau of Planning and Zoning
City Hall - Room 121B 
Rochester, New York 14614
Telephone (585) 428-7238

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About the Board

Citizens serving on a public board or commission help to ensure that decision making is based upon the public interest and its citizens’ points of view. This seven member citizen board reviews applications for Certificates of Appropriateness required for alterations to landmarks and properties located in the City’s eight preservation districts – Corn Hill, Mt. Hope Avenue, East Avenue, Susan B. Anthony, Beach Avenue, South Avenue/Gregory Street, Grove Place, and Brown’s Race. It is also responsible for developing and adopting preservation guidelines.

The Board’s authority and procedures are established by the City Code in Sections 120-185, 120-193, and 120-194. Written decisions are made for each application, based upon specific standards in the City Code and findings made by the Board.

Preservation Board Hearings

Public hearings are held evenings in City Council Chambers, Room 302A, City Hall at 6:00 PM, and staff support is provided by the Bureau of Planning and Zoning. See below for specific schedule times, application deadlines, agendas, and hearing information.

The applicant or a representative is required to attend the hearing to describe the proposal. Neighbors and other interested individuals are permitted to speak, and Board members may ask questions. After testimony is heard, the Board members deliberate among themselves and then decide to approve the proposal as submitted, approve the proposal with certain conditions, or deny the proposal. A majority vote of four members is needed for a decision. A written decision is mailed within 10 business days of the hearing. Please note that the decision is not a permit to commence construction. Standard permits are still required, such as those for construction, signage and plumbing. 

A decision of the Board may be appealed to the State Supreme Court within 30 days after the Board's decision has been filed with the Bureau of Planning and Zoning.

For information, an appointment, or application forms, please contact Peter Siegrist, Sr. City Planner, at (585) 428-7238 or peter.siegrist@cityofrochester.gov. Applications must be complete to be accepted, and instructions and fees are specified on each application form. Please note that all applications must be submitted by appointment only, or by other specific arrangement.

Preservation Board Membership

Preservation Board members are selected by the Mayor, confirmed by City Council, and serve without pay or compensation. They must be City residents and serve for terms of 2 years, and may serve without limit to the number of terms. Selections must also include one member from the Greater Rochester Association of Realtors; one from a recognized historical association; two registered architects; two residents of Preservation Districts; and one city resident at large.

If you are interested in applying for a position on the Board, please contact Bridget Monroe in the Mayor’s Office at (585) 428-6140 or email to monroeb@cityofrochester.gov

Current Board Membership 

Michael Warfield, Chair  Historical Preservation District Resident, Susan B. Anthony
Deborah Beardslee        At-Large
Christopher Carretta  Realtor
Jason Dobbs  Architect
Bruce McLear  Architect
Bonny Mayer  Historical Association Member
John Schick Architect
C. Mitchell Rowe (City Staff)     City of Rochester, Director of Planning & Zoning
John Campolieto (City Staff) City of Rochester Law Department
Peter J Siegrist  (City Staff)           City of Rochester, Preservation Planner

 

Public Hearing Schedule - 2014

Public Hearing      Application Deadline  Agendas   Grid   Staff Reports  Decisions 
January 8, 2014 December 9, 2013  Agenda  Grid  Staff Reports       Decisions
February 4, 2014 (TUESDAY)  January 6, 2014  Agenda  Grid   Staff Reports Decisions
March 5, 2014      February 3, 2014  Agenda  Grid   Staff Reports Decisions
April 2, 2014 March 3, 2014  Agenda  Grid  Staff Reports  Decisions 
May 7, 2014 April 7, 2014  Agenda  Grid  Staff Reports  Decisions 
June 4, 2014 May 12, 2014  Agenda     Grid  Staff Reports  Decisions 
July 9, 2014 June 9, 2014  Agenda  Grid  Staff Reports  Decisions 
August 6, 2014 July 7, 2014  Agenda  Grid         Staff Reports  Decisions 
September 3, 2014 August 4, 2014  Agenda  Grid     Staff Reports  Decisions 
October 1, 2014 September 2, 2014           Agenda  Grid  Staff Reports  Decisions 
November 5, 2014                         October 6, 2014  Agenda  Grid     Staff Reports  Decisions
December 3, 2014 November 3, 2014  Agenda Grid    Staff Reports Decisions

 
2013 Agendas and Decisions

2012 Agendas and Decisions

2011 Agendas and Decisions

2010 Agendas and Decisions 

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