Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA)

 State of Emergency and Local Emergency Order Update:

Due to the continued high infection rates associated with the coronavirus pandemic emergency and as authorized by NYS Senate Bill number 50001, which was signed into law by the Governor on September 2, 2021, public hearings will be conducted via video conference. 

About the Zoning 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's Zoning 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.

Beginning in January 2020, Public Hearings will be held in City Council Chambers, Room 302A, City Hall at 6:00 PM, and staff support is provided by the Division of Zoning. See below for specific schedule times, application deadlines, agendas, and hearing information.

For information, an appointment, application forms, or to request sign language interpreter service at the hearing, please contact Matthew Simonis at (585) 428-6637 or zoningboard@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 Josanne Reaves in the Mayor’s Office at (585) 428-6140 or email Josanne.Reaves@cityofrochester.gov

Current Board Members 

Tyrese Bryant, Chair South District Joe O'Donnell, Northeast District
Cora Murphy, Vice Chair Northeast District  
Matt Bain Northwest District  
James Best Northwest District  
David Carr Northeast District  
Laurene Jennings East District  
Holly Wheeler East District   

Matthew Simonis, Staff to the Zoning Board
Jill Wiedrick, Zoning Board Secretary
Johanna Brennan, Legal Counsel to the Zoning Board

Public Hearing Schedule

 Public Hearing  Application Deadline Agendas Grids
January 21, 2021 December 21, 2020 Agenda   Grid  
February 18, 2021 January 25, 2021 Agenda    Grid   
March 18, 2021 February 22, 2021 Agenda      Grid  
April 15, 2021 March 22, 2021 Agenda   Grid 
May 13, 2021 April 19, 2021 Agenda  Grid
June 17, 2021 May 17, 2021 Agenda    Grid  
July 22, 2021 June 21, 2021 Agenda    Grid   
August 19, 2021 July 19, 2021 Agenda    Meeting Cancelled
September 23, 2021 August 23, 2021 Agenda    Grid  
October 21, 2021 September 20, 2021 Agenda   Grid  
November 18, 2021 October 25, 2021 Agenda   Grid 
December 16, 2021 November 22, 2021 Agenda      Grid  
Please Note:  The August 19th, 2021 Zoning Board hearing was cancelled due to lack of a quorum.  All cases that were scheduled to be heard will be heard at the September 23, 2021 hearing. Public comments that have already been submitted will be included as part of the application for the September hearing.

Zoning Board of Appeals Interactive Map   

Current Month Cases Previous Cases Greensquare for held cases Held Cases

Please click on each point for more case information. For mobile devices or to view larger, try full screen view.



Prior Years Agendas and Grids

  Agendas Grids
2020 Agendas Grids
2019 Agendas Grids
2018 Agendas Grids
2017 Agendas Grids
2016 Agendas Grids
2015 Agendas  Grids 
2014 Agendas Grids
2013 Agendas Grids
2012 Agendas Grids
2011 Agendas Grids
2010 Agendas Grids



Matthew Simonis
(585) 428-6637


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