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City of Rochester

Rochester Environmental Commission

Bureau of Planning and Zoning
City Hall - Room 125B
Rochester, NY 14614

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The Rochester Environmental Commission (REC) is a seven-member volunteer citizen advisory board established by Section 12-12 of the City Charter.  This section of the City Code is modeled after Article 12-F of the NYS General Municipal Law which permits cities, towns and villages to establish conservation advisory councils and boards.  The REC reviews projects that are before a City agency for approval/funding and located within a sensitive environmental area to advise the agency on a project’s potential impacts upon the environment.  The REC also acts as the hearing body when an environmental impact statement 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.  

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

The REC meets on an as-needed basis with meetings occurring generally once per month. Meetings are held in City Hall, Room 223B at 5:30pm. All hearings are subject to change, please call to confirm. As an advisory board, comments/recommendations that are generated by the REC are sent to the decision-making authorities for consideration during the permitting process.  For a copy of the comments/recommendations or for requests to review the project file for a particular project, please contact Zina Lagonegro at (585) 428-7054.  

Current Board Members

Rosemary Jonientz  Chair
Ian Kuchman  
Tanya Mooza Zwahlen           
Richard M. Pospula  
Leigh McMullen   
Katie Premo  
Bob Schellinger  
C. Mitchell Rowe (City Staff) Director of Planning & Zoning
Zina Lagonegro (City Staff) Sr. City Planner

     Meeting Schedule - 2014                                     Meeting Schedule - 2015

Public Hearing            


Public Hearing        


January 16, 2014 Agenda  January 15, 2015         Agenda
February 20, 2014 CANCELED February 19, 2015         Agenda
March 20, 2014 CANCELED  March 19, 2015         Agenda
April 17, 2014 CANCELED  April 16, 2015         Agenda
May 15, 2014 Agenda  May 21, 2015         Agenda
June 19, 2014            Agenda  June 18, 2015         Agenda
July 17, 2014 Agenda   July 16, 2015         Agenda
August 21, 2014 CANCELED August 20, 2015         Agenda
September 18, 2014           CANCELED September 17, 2015         Agenda
October 16, 2014 Agenda     October 15, 2015         Agenda
November 20, 2014 Agenda  November 19, 2015         Agenda
December 18, 2014 Agenda  December 17, 2015         Agenda

2013 Agendas

2012 Agendas and Minutes

2011 Agendas and Minutes

2010 Agendas and Minutes

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