About the Planning Commission & Membership Info

Public participation in government is a keystone of democracies and is possible through local board and commission actions and membership. This seven member citizen commission has jurisdiction and authority in the issuance of Special Permits, subdivision approvals, and a wide range of other matters. The Planning Commission also makes recommendations to City Council regarding Zoning Text and Map amendments. 

Authority and procedures of the City Planning Commission are established by law in Sections 120-184J and 120-192 of the City's Zoning Code.  Applications must be reviewed in accordance with specific legal standards in the Code, and a written decision and findings are made for each application.


Planning Commission members are selected by the Mayor, must be confirmed by City Council, and serve without compensation. Members must be City residents and serve for terms of (2) years, and may serve without limit to the number of terms. The Planning Commission must contain at least one member residing in each City Council district.

If you are interested in applying for a position on the Commission, please contact Josanne Reaves in the Mayor’s Office either by email at: Josanne.Reaves@cityofrochester.gov  or by phone at: (585) 428-6140. 


 Full Members: 


David Watson, Chair

South District

Eugenio Marlin, Vice Chair

Northwest District

Bradley Flower

South District

Kimberly Harding

East District 

 Milton Pichardo 

 Northeast District 

Markeba Williams

South District 



 Alternate Members:  


Steven Rebholz

Northeast District

Richard Mauser

East District



Anna Keller, Staff

Jill Wiedrick, Secretary 

Tom Warth, Legal Counsel