Contact Information

Thomas Goodwin
Planning Manager


Department of Planning and Development - Planning Services

8100 City Place
50 W. Main St.
Rochester, NY 14614
Phone: 585 753-2000
Fax: 585 753-2028

The Monroe County Divison of Planning provides a diverse set of services related to land use and development including: technical and mapping support in the development and implementation of various land use plans and regulations; guidance on project permitting and compliance with environmental review; preparation of the annual Land Use Report on major projects proposed, approved, and constructed; coordination of the Capital Improvement Program; training opportunites through the Spring and Fall Land Use Decision-Making Training Program.   

Monroe County and the City of Rochester are located on the south shore of Lake Ontario, in the Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York. The area (657.21 square miles) is accessible through the Greater Rochester International Airport, Amtrak and Conrail, the New York State Thruway, and the New York State Erie Canal.

  • Rochester Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) population - 1,054,323 (2010)
  • Monroe County population - 744,344 (2010)
  • City of Rochester population - 210,565 (2010)

Visit the Greater Rochester Enterprise or VisitRochester for more demographic information about the Greater Rochester Region.

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United States Census Data for Monroe County

Online Census Information Services

Monroe County Census 2010 Documents

Other Census Highlights and Profiles

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Capital Improvement Programs

The process for preparing the annual Capital Improvement Program begins In the Fall when departments are asked to submit proposed projects for inclusion in the program.  These projects are reviewed by a committee of County Department representatives which makes a recommendation to the County Executive regarding the scheduling and financing of the projects for inclusion in the program.  Under the Charter, the Director of Planning and Development is charged with preparing the Capital Improvement Program and submitting it to the County Executive.  The County Executive is required to submit the recommended program to the Monroe County Planning Board in January of each year for their review and recommendation.  The County Executive is then required to submit a recommended Capital Improvement Program to the County Legislature in May.  The County Legislature is required to hold a public hearing before adopting the Capital Improvement Program at their July meeting.  The first year of the Capital Improvement Program becomes the Capital Budget which is part of the annual Operating Budget which is submitted to the County Legislature in the Fall.  Adoption of the Capital Budget by the Legislature is accompanied by the adoption of bond resolutions for the financing of projects contained in the first year of the Capital Improvement Program.  The process is repeated each year according to the above schedule.

Links are provided below to the most current version of the Capital Improvement Program as well as recently adopted programs.

2018 - 2023 Capital Improvement Program proposed to the Legislature

Adopted 2017-2022 Capital Improvement Program

          Adopted 2016-2021 Capital Improvement Program

          Adopted 2015-2020 Capital Improvement Program

          Adopted 2014-2019 Capital Improvement Program

Adopted 2013-2018 Capital Improvement Program

          Adopted 2012-2017 Capital Improvement Program

Adopted 2011-2016 Capital Improvement Program

Adopted 2010-2015 Capital Improvement Program

Adopted 2009-2014 Capital Improvement Program

Adopted 2008-2013 Capital Improvement Program

Adopted 2007-2012 Capital Improvement Program

View Monroe Charter and Administrative Codes:

Monroe County Charter - Capital Improvement Program

County Administrative Code Article VII - Capital Improvement Program and Capital Budget Procedures

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Monroe County Council of Governments

Mission Statement

The Monroe County Council of Governments (COG) is a voluntary organization of municipal governments, which is comprised of the Monroe County Executive, the City of Rochester Mayor, town supervisors and village mayors, a representative designated by the Board of the Monroe County Council of School Superintendents from among the Council’s membership; and a representative designated by the Board of the Monroe County School Boards Association from among the Association’s membership. The Council provides a forum for intergovernmental cooperation on issues of common concern to governments in Monroe County. The goal of the Monroe County Council of Governments is to examine opportunities for further intergovernmental cooperative actions and provide cost-effective governmental services.

Please Contact Us for further information.

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Monroe County Planning Board

The Monroe County Planning Board consists of 15 members: eight citizens appointed by the County Executive, County Legislature and Environmental Management Council, five members of the County Administration and two County Legislative Representatives.

The Board is charged with reviewing and recommending a six year capital improvement program which outlines the major improvements slated for County facilities (parks, roads, buildings, etc.). The Board also reviews and recommends amendments to the Capital Improvement Program that involve new projects or significant changes in scope. The Planning Board also advises the County Executive and County Legislature on major project initiatives that may be undertaken by the County, other levels of government, or governmental agencies.

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    Municipal Land Use Report

    Funds from the Genesee Transportation Council (GTC) Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) were provided as a grant to continue a system for annually reporting changes in land use within Monroe County. Up-to-date land use data is important for transportation modeling and analysis and will be used by GTC as input into their traffic simulation model. This land use information will be used to assess changes in land use, identify trends, guide capital project investments and help pinpoint "hot spots" of traffic congestion that may become candidates for possible traffic management solutions such as Transportation Development Districts (T. D. D.) or Transportation Management Associations (T. M. A.).

    In response to the need to monitor proposed development, the Genesee Transportation Council and the Monroe County Department of Planning and Development initiated a process to identify all proposed projects and approved major projects within a computerized database that can be updated on an annual basis. The updated data is then compiled into an annual Municipal Land Use (MLU) Report.

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    Irondequoit Bay

    Irondequoit Bay is an area of historical, archaeological, ecological and geological significance. In preglacial times, the Bay served as the mouth of the Genesee River. When the last ice sheet receded, the river abandoned its channel and took its present course west of the Bay. This set the stage for the Bay as a vital natural resource and a center of settlement.

    The Bay is classified by New York State as a "Significant Coastal Fish and Wildlife Habitat." Its diversity of landforms yields a variety of ecosystems that provide habitat for many fish and wildlife species.  A pair of eagles have made the Bay their home since 2007.  A scientifically rigorous study of the Bay’s biological resources was conducted in 2002.  (See Biological Study of Irondequoit Bay.)

    Human use in the Irondequoit Bay area threatens the Bay’s beauty, ecosystems and recreational opportunities. Balancing the protection of natural resources with recreation and development is necessary for continued use of the Bay area. To this end, an intermunicipal group - the Irondequoit Bay Coordinating Committee - was formed. Subcommittees of this group work together to review development plans on properties in the Bay area and to implement a Harbor Management Plan.

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    Irondequoit Bay Coordinating Committee (IBCC)

    The Irondequoit Bay Coordinating Committee (IBCC) was established in 1985 as an advisory committee through an inter-municipal agreement between the towns of Irondequoit, Penfield and Webster and the County of Monroe.

    The IBCC's mission is to coordinate among various levels of government with an interest in the Irondequoit Bay, all levels of public and private use of the area, and to develop, recommend and monitor, related policies. The IBCC's goal is to promote recreational and economic opportunities on Irondequoit Bay while protecting and maintaining environmental quality.

    All of the parties to the inter-municipal agreement have jurisdiction over and/or review powers relating to the use and development of Irondequoit Bay and its surrounding area. The inter-municipal agreement does not impact and/or diminish any of the above parties' statutory jurisdictions. Rather, the IBCC provides a mechanism to balance the rights of all stakeholders while protecting the Bay's ecosystem.

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    Irondequoit Bay Technical Staff (IBTS)

    The Irondequoit Bay Technical Staff (IBTS) is a subcommittee of the IBCC. Membership is made up of representatives from the towns of Irondequoit, Penfield and Webster, Monroe County Planning and Development, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District, New York State Department of State, Environmental Management Council, and the Monroe County Water Quality Coordinating Committee. The IBTS was created to review proposed projects located around the Bay and offer comments and recommendations to the permit-issuing agency for their consideration.

    For further information on the Irondequoit Bay Coordinating Committee and subcommittees, please  Contact Us.

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    State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA)

    The State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) requires that government agencies consider the potential adverse environmental impacts of an action before a decision is made to undertake a project. State, county, and municipal agencies are subject to the review procedures outlined in SEQR.

    The Division of Planning maintains up to date information on the SEQR regulations and is available to assist and answer questions on this complex process.

    For further information, see Related Links or Contact Us.

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    Land Use Decision-Making Training Program

    The Monroe County Department of Planning and Development has been offering a series of workshops related to land use decision-making each spring and fall since 1985!  This program is designed especially for new and returning municipal board members as well as municipal officials and staff, agency personnel, planners, attorneys, architects, developers, engineers, landscape architects, surveyors and citizens.

    Each workshop satifys New York State's four-hour annual training requirement for members of Planning Boards and Zoning Boards of Appeals.

    Workshops are held at Monroe Community College, Flynn Campus Center, Building 3 from 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM.  Check-in begins at 4:00 PM. Dinner is at 6:00 PM.  Cost is $40 per workshop and includes dinner.

    Fall 2017 Program  - dates and workshops to be announced at the end of August
    Potential workshop topics:

    Introduction to SEQR
    Historic Preservation
    Transportation Fundamentals
    Solar Permits


    The Monroe County Land Use Decision-Making Training Program is proud to be endorsed by the following organizations:
    American Society of Civil Engineers--Local Chapter, Genesee Valley Branch of the American Public Works Association, American Society of Civil Engineers--Local Chapter Institute of Transportation Engineers, Center for Environmental Information, Rochester Green Business Network, Monroe County Environmental Management Council, Monroe County Supervisors Association, Monroe County Village Mayors Association, New York Bar Association & Upstate New York Chapter of the Municipal Law Section New York Planning Federation, New York Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association, Rochester Home Builders Association, Rochester Regional Community Design Center, Upstate New York Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

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    Monroe County Fishery Advisory Board 

    The Fishery Advisory Board is appointed by the County Legislature to advise the Legislature, as well as other government agencies, organizations and residents on matters affecting the fishery resource in Monroe County.

    The Board meets the second Monday of every month, except in October, which is the third Monday, at 7:00 p.m. at the Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office, 740 East Henrietta Road, Rochester, New York.

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    For information on the Lake Ontario Counties Fishing Derby:

    For information on visiting Rochester to fish:

    For information on Fish and Wildlife Regulations and fishing hotspots:

    For information on Great Lakes Programs:

    For specific water and weather conditions on Lake Ontario:

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