Zoning Board of Appeals

Division of Zoning 
City Hall - Room 125B
Rochester, New York 14614
Tel: (585) 428-7364

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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 Director of Planning and 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, 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 Bridget.Monroe@cityofrochester.gov

Current Board Members 

 FULL MEMBERS:     ALTERNATES: 
Mimi Freund Tilton, Chair                 East District     Patrick O'Neill (Northwest District)
Joseph O'Donnell, Vice Chair Northeast District Laurene Jennings (East District)
David Carr     Northeast District  
James Best Northwest District  
LaShana Boose Northwest District  
Tyrese Bryant South District  
Kenneth Joyner South District  
Johanna Brennan (City Staff) City of Rochester Law Department  
Jill Symonds (City Staff) City of Rochester, Sr. City Planner  
Zina Lagonegro (City Staff)  Manager of Zoning  

Public Hearing Schedule - 2017

Public Hearing   Application Deadline  Agendas  Staff Reports  Grids  Decisions 
January 19, 2017 December 8, 2016 Agenda  Staff Reports  Grid   Decisions 
February 16, 2017 January 12, 2017 Agenda  Staff Reports  Grid  Decisions 
March 16, 2017 February 9, 2017 Agenda  Staff Reports  Grid  Decisions 
April 27, 2017 March 9, 2017 Agenda  Staff Reports  Grid  Decisions 
May 25, 2017 April 20, 2017 Agenda  Staff Reports   Grid   Decisions 
June 22, 2017 May 18, 2017 Agenda  Staff Reports  Grid  Decisions 
July 20, 2017 June 15, 2017 Agenda  Staff Reports  Grid  Decisions 
August 17, 2017 July 13, 2017 Agenda  Staff Reports  Grid  Decisions 
September 20, 2017 (Wednesday) August 10, 2017 Agenda   Staff Reports  Grid   Decisions  
October 19, 2017 September 14, 2017 Agenda  Staff Reports  Grid  Decisions 
November 16, 2017 October 12, 2017 Agenda  Staff Reports  Grid  Decisions 
December 21, 2017 November 9, 2017   Agenda     Staff Reports  Grid  Decisions

2016 Agendas and Decision Grids

2015 Agendas and Decision Grids

2014 Agendas and Decision Grids 

2013 Agendas and Decision Grids

2012 Agendas and Decision Grids

2011 Agendas and Decision Grids

2010 Agendas and Decision Grids

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