Department of Planning and Development - Planning Division
8100 City Place
50 W. Main St.
Rochester, NY 14614
Phone: 585 753-2000
Fax: 585 753-2028
8100 City Place
50 W. Main St.
Rochester, NY 14614
Phone: 585 753-2000
Fax: 585 753-2028
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.
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On July 14, 2015, the Monroe County Legislature approved the 2016-2021 Capital Improvement Program as submitted by Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and the Monroe County Planning Board.
The complete 2016-2021 Capital Improvement Program as approved by the Legislature is available by clicking the link below.
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.
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Statistical Analyses of Selected Parking Standards
Monroe County Department of Planning and Development, Planning Division in conjunction with the Parking Study Advisory Committee prepared a report titled, “Statistical Analyses of Parking by Land Use”.
The purpose of this project was to obtain accurate parking data for analysis to determine parking ratios for various land uses. The parking data and analysis will aid municipalities in the evaluation of their current parking standards for future development and provide current parking data for developers and consultants.
We are an automobile-dependent society. This dependence has created a need to provide adequate parking spaces for the customers of destination businesses. Sometimes we find that the parking provided is just not enough and competition for available spaces can result in less than safe conditions. Other times we find that there are plenty of parking spaces available, many of which rarely, if ever, are used.
Some negative aspects of providing too much parking include increased rate of storm water runoff, increased pollutant loading to local streams, less green space and generally a visually detracting landscape. Larger parking areas require more parking lot lights, more complex travel lanes, higher maintenance costs and no specific benefit to the customer or the business.
On the other hand, a site without enough parking can encourage illegal activities such as double-parking, parking in fire lanes or obstructing delivery areas, or discourage customers from even coming to the business.
This publication is intended to assist municipalities, consultants and developers to better plan effective and efficient parking facilities for specific land uses. Historically, many municipal parking regulations have been conservative in the required ratios, resulting in many unnecessary parking spaces. Zoning ordinance references for parking vary from municipality to municipality, with relatively little consistency from one code to the next. Some are based upon square footage of a facility, some based upon number of seats or legal occupancy and other codes leave parking ratios to the discretion of a ruling board or agency.
It was the intent of this research to provide a realistic view of actual local parking demands for many common land uses. The analyses included in the report can assist a local municipality that may be dealing with modifications to a local zoning code or revisions to development criteria, by providing a useful range of observed parking space demands collected during peak use of a facility. The report can also assist a consultant in advising a client on how much parking to provide. It can also provide valuable information to a developer in an effort to minimize the cost of installed infrastructure that is not necessary or even help justify a variance or waiver from an outdated code.
The parking recommendations were developed with locally collected data from Monroe County, New York and are intended to be a resource in evaluating existing codes and ordinances, used in conjunction with other technical resources, such as the Institute of Transportation Engineers’ Parking Generation Manual. It addresses some of the newer and changed land uses that may not be effectively described in some local ordinances, such as Pharmacies with drive thru windows and the wide range of senior housing options. It also includes some less standard land uses, such as funeral homes and marinas. There are conventional land uses such as restaurants, office buildings and supermarkets included as well.
It is the hope of Monroe County and the advisory committee responsible for the preparation of this resource, that this is a tool for local municipalities and the development community to evaluate the parking needs of various land uses.
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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.
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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.
Agriculture is an important part of life here in Monroe County. According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture, we have 475 farms and 98,676 acres of farmland in Monroe County. Farm products from Monroe County generate approximately $90.5 million in sales annually and support thousands of local jobs.
The Monroe County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Resource Center is designed to provide farmers, local officials, and interested citizens with the tools they need to help preserve farmland in their community. By working together and taking advantage of available resources, we can ensure a bright future for agriculture in Monroe County.
To learn more visit the Agriculture and Farmland Protection Resource Center.
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.
Large watersheds cross municipal boundaries, often making it impossible for any one town or county to conduct comprehensive watershed planning on its own. Towns and villages within Monroe County often work together on watershed planning and Monroe County itself works with other counties with which it shares a watershed.
As a result of a recommendation in the Rochester Embayment Remedial Action Plan (1997), the Black Creek Watershed Coalition was established in April 2002, and has as its primary goal the development and implementation of a comprehensive and sustainable Watershed Management Plan for the Black Creek watershed.
The Black Creek watershed consists of all the land that drains to Black Creek and its tributaries, including all or part of the Towns of Bethany, Batavia, Stafford, Byron, LeRoy and Bergen in Genesee County and the Towns of Riga, Ogden, Wheatland, Sweden and Chili in Monroe County. Clarendon in Orleans County and Middlebury in Wyoming County also contain small portions of the watershed. The area covers 202 square miles, or 128,358 acres.
In 2001, on behalf of the Black Creek Watershed Coalition, Monroe County applied for and received a Watershed Assistance Grant from River Network, a Portland, Oregon-based national river and watershed conservation organization supported by the US EPA. The grant made it possible to host a symposium, create a web site (www.blackcreekwatershed.org) and hire a group of consultants to prepare a State of the Basin report for the Black Creek watershed.
The State of the Basin Report (2003) includes a geographical description of the watershed, uses of land and water from the 1970's to the present and a summary of existing water quality and water quantity data. A summary of problems and risks that can affect the future of the Black Creek watershed is also included. Water quality risks include point sources discharges, agricultural sources of pollution and nonpoint sources from developed areas. Water quantity risks are associated with flooding and low flow conditions; it is recognized that water quantity issues may have relevance to water quality issues. The report is available at www.blackcreekwatershed.org by clicking on the link on the left side of the homepage.
The State of the Basin Report is the basis on which the Black Creek Watershed Coalition grows and succeeds. In 2004, the Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council was awarded a grant from the Great Lakes Commission Program on Erosion and Sediment Control for the “Controlling Sediment in the Black and Oatka Creek Watersheds” project. This project involved the preparation of three reports: Identification and Analysis of the Riparian Corridor in the Black and Oatka Creek Watersheds; Municipal Law Review and Analysis; and Water Resources Issue Identification. The project involved considerable public outreach and concluded with assisting the Towns of Bethany, Sweden and Warsaw in revising their local laws. The Identification and Analysis of the Riparian Corridor in the Black and Oatka Creek Watersheds set the stage to receive significant funding to restore eroding streambanks in each watershed.
In 2007, the Genesee County Soil and Water District was awarded approximately $5,000 from the Finger Lakes – Lake Ontario Watershed Protection Alliance to develop, print and distribute a watershed Map Guide and to support the watershed’s website. Christine Sevilla was hired to work with the Black Creek Watershed Coalition in creating Black Creek Watershed Map Guide, which is now in its second printing. The Map Guide can be seen and downloaded at www.blackcreekwatershed.org.
In 2008, the Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council, on behalf of the Black Creek Watershed Coalition and the Oatka Creek Watershed Committee, was granted a $150,000 Environmental Protection Fund grant from the New York State Department of State to prepare watershed management plans for each watershed. Also in 2008, the Monroe County Water Quality Coordinating Committee, on behalf of the Black Creek Watershed Coalition, was granted $5,000 from the Finger Lakes – Lake Ontario Watershed Protection Alliance to support ongoing watershed planning efforts in the Black Creek watershed via outreach materials, a second watershed symposium, and enhancements to the website.
Please Contact Us for more information or visit the Black Creek Watershed Coalition website for information on the next Black Creek Watershed Coalition meeting, to read reports and meeting minutes and to see the Black Creek Watershed Map Guide.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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The Monroe County Department of Planning and Development offers a series of workshops related to land use decision-making each spring and fall. The program is designed especially for new and returning municipal board members and each workshop earns members of Planning Boards and Zoning Boards of Appeals 4.0 credit hours of continuing education credit. The program is also of value to municipal officials and staff, agency personnel, planners, attorneys, architects, developers, engineers, landscape architects, surveyors and citizens.
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