Zoning Board of Appeals

City Hall - Room 125B
Rochester, New York 14614
Tel: (585) 428-6637 

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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 Matthew.Simonis@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 

Mimi Freund Tilton, Chair East District     Laurene Jennings (East District)
Tyrese Bryant, Vice Chair South District  
Joe O'Donnell      Northeast District  
David Carr Northeast District  
Cora Murphy Northeast District  
LaShana Boose Northwest District  
James Best Northwest District  
Johanna Brennan (City Staff) City Law Department  
Matthew Simonis (City Staff) Sr. Zoning Analyst    
Zina Lagonegro (City Staff) Manager of Zoning  

Public Hearing Schedule - 2020

Public Hearing  Application Deadline Agendas Grids
January 23, 2020 December 23, 2019   Agenda  Grid 
February 20, 2020 January 21, 2020   Agenda   Grid 
March 19, 2020 February 18, 2020   Agenda   Grid 
April 23, 2020 March 23, 2020   Agenda   Grid 
May 21, 2020 April 20, 2020   Agenda   Grid 
June 18, 2020 May 18, 2020   Agenda   Grid 
July 23, 2020 June 22, 2020   Agenda   Grid 
August 20, 2020 July 20, 2020   Agenda   Grid 
September 17, 2020 August 17, 2020   Agenda    Grid 
October 22, 2020 September 21, 2020   Agenda   Grid 
November 19, 2020 October 19, 2020   Agenda   Grid 
December 17, 2020 November 16, 2020   Agenda      Grid 

Public Hearing Schedule - 2019

Public Hearing  Application Deadline Agendas Grids
January 24, 2019 December 17, 2018   Agenda  Grid
February 21, 2019 January 21, 2019   Agenda  Grid
March 21, 2019 February 19, 2019   Agenda  Grid
April 18, 2019 March 18, 2019   Agenda  Grid
May 15, 2019 (Wednesday) April 15, 2019   Agenda  Grid
June 20, 2019 May 20, 2019   Agenda  Grid
July 25, 2019 June 24, 2019   Agenda  Grid
August 22, 2019 July 22, 2019   Agenda  Grid
September 19, 2019 August 19, 2019   Agenda   Grid
October 17, 2019 September 16, 2019   Agenda  Grid
November 21, 2019 October 21, 2019   Agenda  Grid
December 19, 2019 November 18, 2019   Agenda      Grid


Zoning Board of Appeals Interactive Map 


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2018 Agendas & Decision Grids   

2017 Agendas and Decision Grids  

2016 Agendas and Decision Grids

2015 Agendas and Decision Grids

2014 Agendas and Decision Grids 

2013 Agendas and Decision Grids

2012 Agendas and Decision Grids

2011 Agendas and Decision Grids

2010 Agendas and Decision Grids

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