Zoning Board of Appeals

In accordance with Executive Order No. 202.1 and the Mayor's Local Emergency Oder, the Zoning Board of Appeals public hearing will take place as a virtual hearing and no in-person attendance shall be permitted.

The next hearing is scheduled for Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 6:00 PM. The agenda will be posted under 'Public Hearing' below . Staff Reports will be posted in 'Interactive Map' below .

To view and/or listen to the hearing click the link at the scheduled time: https://www.youtube.com/CityOfRochesterNY. The Hearing will be recorded and later transcribed.

How to COMMENT on a current case:

1) Submit written comment by email, mail, or deliver it to City Hall.
Email: zoningboard@cityofrochester.gov
Mail: Zoning Office c/o Zoning Board, 30 Church St. Rm. 125B, Rochester, NY 14614
Delivery: drop box at Fitzhugh Street entrance of City Hall.

Your written comment must include the project address you are commenting on, your first and last name, address, and contact information. A Zoning staff member will read your comments into the record during the virtual hearing.  The deadline to submit written comment is 5:00 PM; Wednesday, November 18, 2020.

2) Provide oral testimony (public comment) at the virtual public hearing. >>>CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Comments may not exceed 3 minutes in length or 10 minutes for neighborhood associations. The deadline to register to provide spoken comment is 12:00 PM; Thursday, November 19, 2020. 

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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 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 - 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 7, 2020      February 18, 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 

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.



2019 Agendas & Decision Grids

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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