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City of Rochester

Zoning Board of Appeals

Bureau of Planning & Zoning 
City Hall - Room 121B
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    North District
Roseanne Khaleel, Vice Chair           East District
Dennis O'Brien East District
Mimi Freund Tilton     East District
Donna Turner     West District
Eric VanDusen West 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 - 2014

Public Hearing   Application Deadline   Agendas  Grid   Staff Reports  Decisions 
January 16, 2014 December 13, 2013  Agenda  Grid  Staff Reports Decisions
February 13, 2014                              January 10, 2014  Agenda  Grid  Staff Reports Decisions
March 13, 2014 February 7, 2014  Agenda  Grid  Staff Reports Decisions
April 10, 2014 March 7, 2014  Agenda  Grid  Staff Reports  Decisions
May 15, 2014 April 4, 2014  Agenda   Grid Staff Reports Decisions
June 12, 2014 May 9, 2014  Agenda     Grid Staff Reports Decisions
July 17, 2014 June 6, 2014  Agenda Grid Staff Reports Decisions
August 14, 2014 July 11, 2014  Agenda Grid Staff Reports Decisions
September 11, 2014 August 8, 2014  Agenda Grid Staff Reports Decisions
October 16, 2014 September 5, 2014  Agenda Grid Staff Reports Decisions
November 13, 2014 October 10, 2014  Agenda Grid Staff Reports Decisions
December 11, 2014 November 7, 2014  Agenda   Grid  Staff Reports Decisions


2013 Agendas and Decisions

2012 Agendas and Decisions

2011 Agendas and Decisions

2010 Agendas and Decisions

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