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City of Rochester

Zoning Board of Appeals

Bureau of Planning & Zoning 
City Hall - Room 125B
Rochester, New York 14614
Tel: (585)428-6526

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About the Board

Boards and commissions afford citizens the opportunity to participate in governance and decision making at all levels of government. This seven member citizen board hears requests for Variances to the City’s Zoning Code, and Administrative Appeals of decisions made by the Manager of Zoning.

The Zoning Board’s authority and procedures are established by law in Sections 120-186 and 120-195 of the City Code. Applications must be reviewed in accordance with specific standards in the City Code, and a Decision and written findings are made for each application.

Public hearings are held mornings in City Council Chambers, Room 302A, City Hall at 9:30 AM, and staff support is provided by the Bureau of Planning and Zoning. See below for specific schedule times, application deadlines, agendas, and hearing information.

For information, an appointment, or application forms, please contact Jill Symonds, Sr. Zoning Analyst, at (585) 428-7364 or Jill.Symonds@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.

Zoning Board Membership

Zoning Board members are selected by the Mayor, are confirmed by City Council, and serve without pay or compensation. Board members must be City residents and serve for a term of 2 years, and may serve without limit to the number of terms. The Board must contain at least one member residing in each City Council district.

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 Members 

Joseph O'Donnell, Chair Northeast District
David Carr Northeast District
Roseanne Khaleel, Vice Chair           East District
Dennis O'Brien East District
Mimi Freund Tilton     East District
Donna Turner     South District
Eric VanDusen South District
C. Mitchell Rowe (City Staff)     City of Rochester, Director of Planning & Zoning
Johanna Brennan (City Staff) City of Rochester Law Department
Jill Symonds (City Staff) City of Rochester, Sr. Zoning Analyst


Public Hearing Schedule - 2015

Public Hearing  Application Deadline        Agendas     Staff Reports     Grid     Decisions 
November 13, 2014 October 10, 2014  Agenda  Staff Reports  Grid  Decisions
December 11, 2014 November 7, 2014  Agenda  Staff Reports Grid Decisions
January 15, 2015 December 15, 2014  Agenda  Staff Reports Grid Decisions
February 19, 2015                      January 9, 2015  Agenda  Staff Reports Grid Decisions
March 19, 2015 February 13, 2015  Agenda  Staff Reports Grid Decisions
April 23, 2015 March 13, 2015  Agenda  Staff Reports Grid Decisions 
May 21, 2015 April 17, 2015  Agenda   Staff Reports Grid Decisions 
June 25, 2015 May 15, 2015  Agenda     Staff Reports Grid Decisions 
July 23, 2015 June 19, 2015  Agenda  Staff Reports Grid Decisions 
August 20, 2015 July 17, 2015  Agenda      Staff Reports Grid Decisions 
September 24, 2015 August 14, 2015  Agenda  Staff Reports Grid Decisions 
October 22, 2015 September 18, 2015  Agenda  Staff Reports Grid Decisions 
November 19, 2015 October 16, 2015  Agenda   Staff Reports Grid Decisions
December 17, 2015 November 13, 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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