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Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP)


Friday April 4, 2014 - The Department of Neighborhood and Business Development will host a public meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 9 in City Council Chambers of City Hall, 30 Church St, to gather community input to update the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP), which guides waterfront development in the city.  

About the Project  

 LWRP Survey Button 

The Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) is the official statement of land use and development policy for the city’s waterfront areas.  It was prepared by the City Planning Office and adopted by City Council in 1990.   

The purpose of this project is to update the city’s LWRP and expand the boundary of the plan to include all of the city’s waterfront areas along Lake Ontario, the Genesee River and the Erie Canal.   

The update will also identify new waterfront policies and recommendations that will serve as a guide for future development and infrastructure improvements and will help leverage potential funding opportunities. 

A consultant team (Ingalls Planning and Design/Steinmetz Planning Group) has been hired by the city and will work with city staff and a Waterfront Advisory Committee (WAC) to complete the project.  It is anticipated that the LWRP Update will be completed by December, 2013.  

Project Funding/Support 

The LWRP Update is being prepared in cooperation with the New York State Department of State with funds provided under Title 11 of the NYS Environmental Protection Fund.    

Waterfront Advisory Committee 

A Waterfront Advisory Committee (WAC) has been formed for this study and is comprised of representatives from the City of Rochester, Monroe County, Town of Irondequoit, state and federal agencies, property owners, major institutions, community organizations, neighborhood associations and other waterfront stakeholders.  The committee will provide guidance and feedback to the city and its consultants throughout the study.    

Project Documents and Information

City's Current LWRP Document (via NYS Dept. of State) 
Detailed Project Description 
LWPR Power Point Presentation 
Proposed LWRP Boundary Map 
Flier from first Public Information Meeting 
Port of Rochester Marina Project Information 
Erie Canal Redevelopment Project Information 
Promenade at Erie Harbor Park Project Information 
Garden Aerial Project Information 
Summary of June 26 Public Meeting 
Draft Section 1: LWRP Boundary     
Public Meeting Notice January 22, 2014     
Land Use Matrix for LWRP Boundary 
Flyer for Second Public Information Meeting (4/9/2014) 
SWOT Analysis for LWRP Boundary 


Public Participation 

A series of public meetings will be held for this project.  Our second public information meeting will be held on:

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (open house format)

City Council Chambers

30 Church St, Rochester, NY

Free parking is available behind City Hall on Fitzhugh Street

You are invited to come to the City of Rochester’s Public Information Meeting #2 on April 9, 2014 to help create a new vision and plan for our waterfront areas as part of the city’s update of its Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP).  Staff from the City Bureau of Planning and Zoning and the project consultants will be at the open house to discuss with residents, business owners, property owners and stakeholders a future vision and plan for Lake Ontario, the Genesee River and the Erie Canal.  The open house will include a unique waterfront corridor display that illustrates current and potential waterfront development projects and other important waterfront initiatives within the LWRP boundary.  Your comments, ideas and feedback are important and will help the city develop the final LWRP document.  The final plan will include new projects, policies and other recommendations that will help guide the development of Rochester’s important waterfront areas for many years to come.

Tentative Project Schedule 

First Public Meeting June 26, 2013
Completion of Inventory/Analysis January, 2014
Focus Group Meetings January, 2014
Completion of Policies and Recommendations March, 2014
Completion of Draft Document April, 2014
Second Public Meeting April, 2014
Completion of Final Document July, 2014
Final Public Hearing July, 2014

Waterfront Survey 

We are interested in your ideas and opinions about the city’s waterfront areas!  Take our interactive waterfront survey and leave comments about the city’s waterfront (lake, river and canal) and our new waterfront plan.     


For more information about the city’s LWRP or the update project in general, please contact Doug Benson, Supervising City Planner at (585) 428-6824 or bensond@cityofrochester.gov   


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