Zoning Code Evaluation

Bureau of Planning and Zoning
City Hall - Room 125B
30 Church Street
Rochester, NY 14614
Tel: (585)428-6526

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The comprehensive Zoning Code Revision of 2003 embarked on some new approaches that, as reported in the 2005 Evaluation Report, appear to have set us on a path to a more contemporary and useful land use management system. These new approaches focus less on the technical aspects of zoning and more on responses to market conditions, the preservation and sharing of urban resources, quality physical design and place making, the ability to embrace new technologies, public participation, and the balancing of concerns and divergent interests.

Since the mandated report to the Mayor and City Council in 2005, regular, qualitative evaluation of the code has been an ongoing task of the Division of Zoning as was indicated in the 2005 report. This recent evaluation, completed in February, 2010, is based largely on input from a wide range of stakeholders (including residents, business owners and operators, architects, engineers, attorneys and various other commercial interests) as was the 2003 Code revision and the 2005 evaluation. It utilizes case studies and qualitative data, including field work, observation and interviews. When applicable and useful, quantitative data is referenced and employed.

It is anticipated that this report will result in the drafting of a number of amendments to the current code. In every case there will be full disclosure of proposed amendments, public informational meetings with the City Planning Commission, and Public Hearings with the City Council.

Together with its display on this web page, the report is posted at each of the City’s Neighborhood Service Center offices as well as at the Rundel Public Library and the Bureau of Planning and Zoning, City Hall, 30 Church Street, Rochester NY, 14614.

View a PDF version of the Report