Rochester Environmental Commission (REC)

This seven member citizen advisory board reviews projects that are Type 1 Actions under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) and require City approval and/or funding. The REC provides recommendations on a project's potential impacts on the environment. It is important to note that SEQRA considers both the natural (land, water, air, wildlife, etc.) and human made (archeological and historic resources, community character, etc.) environment.  

The REC also acts as the hearing body when an environmental impact statement (EIS) is prepared for a project. At the conclusion of the environmental impact statement process, they make recommendations on whether the proposal should be approved, approved with modifications, or denied. Lastly, the REC is the appeals body for the Coastal Erosion Hazard Area permitting process.

Current Board Members

Rosemary Jonientz      Chair 
Carlos Perez     Vice Chair  
Robert Schellinger      
Elizabeth Primus  

Mary E. Kerr
Phone: (585) 428-6590
Zoning Office
30 Church St., Rm. 125B
Rochester, NY 14614

 2022 Meetings  

Date: Monthly on the first Thursday
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: City Hall, NBD Commissioner's Conference Room, 30 Church St. Rm. 223-B Rochester, NY 14614

Meeting Dates Agendas Minutes
February 3, 2022  Agenda Minutes
March 3, 2022  Agenda  Canceled
April 7, 2022  Agenda Canceled
May 5, 2022  Agenda  Canceled
June 2, 2022  Agenda Minutes
July 7, 2022  Agenda  Canceled
August 4, 2022  Agenda  Canceled
September 1, 2022  Agenda  Canceled
October 6, 2022  Agenda  Canceled
November 3, 2022  Agenda Minutes
December 1, 2022   Agenda Minutes

2023 Meetings 

Meeting Dates Agendas Minutes
January 5, 2023 Agenda      Minutes
February 2, 2023 Agenda Minutes
March 2, 2023 Agenda Minutes
April 4, 2023 Agenda Minutes
May 4, 2023 Agenda Minutes
June 1, 2023 Agenda Minutes
July 6, 2023 Agenda Minutes
August 3, 2023 Agenda Minutes
September 7, 2023  Agenda Minutes
October 5, 2023 Agenda Minutes
November 2, 2023 Agenda Minutes
December 5, 2023  Agenda Minutes

2021 Meetings

June 6, 2021 Agenda YouTube Meeting Recording
December 9, 2021 Agenda YouTube Meeting Recording

Prior Years Agendas and Minutes    

  Agendas Minutes
2021 Agendas  
2020 Agendas  
2019 Agendas  
2018 Agendas  
2017 Agendas  
2016 Agendas  
2015 Agendas  
2014 Agendas Minutes
2013 Agendas Minutes
2012 Agendas Minutes
2011 Agendas Minutes
2010 Agendas Minutes


If you are interested in applying for a position on the Commission, please contact Josanne Reaves in the Mayor’s Office either by email at: or by phone at: (585) 428-6140.