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City of Rochester

Rochester Preservation Board

Bureau of Planning and Zoning
City Hall - Room 125B 
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 

Deborah Beardslee        At-Large Member
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 - 2015

Public Hearing      Application Deadline     Agendas    Staff Reports    Grids     Decisions  
November 5, 2014 October 6, 2014  Agenda  Staff Reports  Grid  Decisions
December 3, 2014 November 3, 2014  Agenda  Staff Reports Grid Decisions
January 7, 2015 December 8, 2014  Agenda  Staff Reports Grid Decisions
February 4, 2015   January 5, 2015  Agenda  Staff Reports Grid Decisions
March 4, 2015      February 2, 2015  Agenda  Staff Reports Grid Decisions
April 1, 2015 March 2, 2015  Agenda  Staff Reports Grid Decisions 
May 6, 2015 April 6, 2015  Agenda  Staff Reports Grid Decisions 
June 3, 2015 May 4, 2015  Agenda Staff Reports Grid Decisions
July 1, 2015 June 1, 2015  Agenda  Staff Reports Grid Decisions 
August 5, 2015 July 6, 2015  Agenda  Staff Reports Grid Decisions 
September 2, 2015 August 3, 2015  Agenda  Staff Reports     Grid Decisions 
October 7, 2015 September 7, 2015           Agenda  Staff Reports Grid Decisions 
November 4, 2015                        October 5, 2015  Agenda  Staff Reports    Grid Decisions
December 2, 2015 November 2, 2015  Agenda  Staff Reports Grid Decisions


2014 Agendas and Decision Grids (to date)

2013 Agendas and Decision Grids  

2012 Agendas and Decision Grids 

2011 Agendas and Decision Grids

2010 Agendas and Decision Grids 

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