Rochester Environmental Commission (REC)

In accordance with Executive Order No. 202.1 and the Mayor's Local Emergency Oder, the REC meetings will take place as virtual meeting and no in-person attendance shall be permitted. 

To view and/or listen to the meeting click the link at the scheduled time:

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The REC is a seven-member volunteer citizen advisory board established by Section 12-12 of the City Charter.  This section of the City Code is modeled after Article 12-F of the NYS General Municipal Law which permits cities, towns and villages to establish conservation advisory councils and boards. 

The REC reviews projects that are Type 1 Actions under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) and require City approval and/or funding. The REC provides recommendations on a project's potential impacts on the environment. It is important to note that SEQRA considers both the natural (land, water, air, wildlife, etc.) and human made (archeological and historic resources, community character, etc.) environment.

The REC also acts as the hearing body when an environmental impact statement (EIS) is prepared for a project. At the conclusion of the environmental impact statement process, they make recommendations on whether the proposal should be approved, approved with modifications, or denied. Lastly, the REC is the appeals body for the Coastal Erosion Hazard Area permitting process.

Members must be City residents. If you are interested in applying for a position on the Commission, please contact Josanne Reaves

The REC meets on an as-needed basis with meetings occurring generally once per month. Meetings are held at 5:30pm. All meetings are subject to change, please email to confirm. As an advisory board, comments/recommendations that are generated by the REC are sent to the decision-making authorities for consideration during the permitting process.  For a copy of the comments/recommendations or for requests to review the project file for a particular project, please contact Tom Kicior, Senior City Planner. 

Current Board Members

Rosemary Jonientz      Chair 
Carlos Perez     Vice Chair  
Robert Schellinger      
Elizabeth Primus  

Meeting Schedule - 2020

   January 2, 2020                 No Meeting         
   February 27, 2020       No Meeting   
   March 26, 2020       No Meeting   
    April 2, 2020       Cancelled 
    May 7, 2020       No Meeting   
    June 4, 2020       No Meeting   
    July 2, 2020       AGENDA
    August 6, 2020       AGENDA
    September 3, 2020           AGENDA
    October 1, 2020       AGENDA
    November 5, 2020       AGENDA
    December 3, 2020       AGENDA

Meeting Schedule - 2019

  January 17, 2019                          NO QUORUM - MEETING CANCELED                            
  February 21,2019        No Meeting 
  March 21, 2019        No Meeting 
  April 18, 2019        No Meeting 
  May 16, 2019        NO QUORUM - MEETING CANCELED
  June 20, 2019        No Meeting (no agenda items)
  July 18, 2019        AGENDA  Meeting will be held in ROOM 0013A (City Hall Cafeteria)
  August 15, 2019        No Meeting
  September 19, 2019        No Meeting
  October 17, 2019        AGENDA
  November 21, 2019        AGENDA
  December 19, 2019        No Meeting



2016 Agendas

2015 Agendas

2014 Agendas and Minutes

2013 Agendas and Minutes

2012 Agendas and Minutes

2011 Agendas and Minutes

2010 Agendas and Minutes

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