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 
Katherine Powers    Vice Chair  
Robert Schellinger      
Elizabeth Primus  
Carlos Perez  
Mia Morgillo  

Wes Grooms
Email:  Wes.Grooms@CityofRochester.Gov 
Phone:  (585) 428-6637
Zoning Office
30 Church St., Rm. 125B
Rochester, NY 14614

Date: Monthly on the first Monday
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: City Hall, NBD Commissioner's Conference Room, 30 Church St. Rm. 223-B Rochester, NY 14614

 2024 Meetings  
Meeting Dates Agendas Minutes
January 17, 2024 Agenda      (Public Hearing; No Meeting Minutes)
February 5, 2024      Agenda Minutes
March 4, 2024 Agenda Minutes 
April 1, 2024 Agenda Minutes 
May 6, 2024 Agenda Minutes 
May 13, 2024 Agenda      Canceled
June 3, 2024 Agenda  Minutes
July 1, 2024 Agenda Minutes
August 5, 2024 Agenda Minutes
September 9, 2024  Agenda Minutes
October 7, 2024 Agenda Minutes
November 4, 2024 Agenda Minutes
December 2, 2024  Agenda Minutes

Prior Year Agendas and Minutes 

2023 Agendas      Minutes
2022 Agendas Minutes
2021 Agendas YouTube Meeting Recording - June 6, 2021
YouTube Meeting Recording - December 9, 2021
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.