Town Hall: 1280 Titus Avenue • Rochester, NY 14617 | (585) 467-8840

Zoning Board of Appeals

Meeting Schedule | Submission Requirements for Applications | Application | Agenda | Minutes | Fee Schedule | Members

The Zoning Board of Appeals hears and decides appeals of code enforcement and building permit decisions, interprets the Town zoning code, and grants zoning variances and temporary and special use permits as appropriate and authorized by the Town code.

ZBA Contact Information
(585) 336-6017
zoningboard@irondequoit.gov

2021 SCHEDULE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS

All meetings are held at 7 p.m. at the Irondequoit Town Hall,1280 Titus Avenue, Rochester, NY 14617.

2021 MEETING DATES

Closing dates for the filling of applications for each meeting are shown below.

Submission DeadlineMeeting Dates
 December 4, 2020January 4, 2021
 January 8, 2021February 1, 2021
 February 5, 2021March 1, 2021
 March 5, 2021April 5, 2021
 April 1, 2021May 3, 2021
 May 7, 2021June 7, 2021
 June 11, 2021July 12, 2021
 July 2, 2021August 2, 2021
 August 13, 2021September 13, 2021
 September 3, 2021October 4, 2021
 October 1, 2021November 1, 2021
 November 5, 2021December 6, 2021

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICATIONS

  • 1 copy -- COMPLETED APPLICATION FORM & SHORT ENVIRONMENTAL FORM 
  • 1 copy -- PROOF OF: Ownership, accepted Purchase Offer, Lease or Written Consent from property owner is required to make application.
  • 12 COMPLETE SETS OF PLANS TO INCLUDE:
    • LETTER OF INTENT (See below for details)
    • INSTRUMENT SURVEY MAP SHOWING:
      1. Lot dimensions & area
      2. Building lot coverage existing and proposed.
      3. All existing and proposed structures, fences, pavement etc., & their dimensions.
      4. Existing & proposed setbacks.
      5. Existing natural features: Trees, Streams, Steep Slopes, Wetlands & Flood Plains.
  • FLOOR PLANS, CROSS SECTIONS, SIGN SKETCH, SITE PLAN, & ELEVATIONS (where applicable)
  • A SIGN (PROVIDED BY THE TOWN) INFORMING THE AREA RESIDENTS OF THE PUBLIC HEARING MUST BE POSTED ON THE PROPERTY AT LEAST TEN (10) DAYS PRIOR TO THE SCHEDULED HEARING.(Signs shall be returned to the Town at the Public Hearing).

THE LETTER OF INTENT
The letter of intent addressed to the Zoning Board of Appeals shall include the following:

  1. The date of application, address of the property, and signature of applicant or agent.
  2. A description of the proposed project or use. Applications for construction should include the dimensions, height, area, materials of construction, & purpose of any proposed project.
  3. Each Area Variance requested must be clearly stated, i.e. the proposed rear setback will be 27' as opposed to the 30' minimum required.
  4. The Area or Use Variance factors below should be included in the Letter of Intent.

AREA VARIANCE
Area Variance Test is a balancing of interests. Balance the benefit to the Applicant if the Area Variance is granted versus the burden to the Health, Safety and General Welfare of the community and its residents. Five Factors Must be Considered When Deciding to Grant an Area Variance:

  1. Possible change to neighborhood character. Will the granting of the variance result in an undesirable change to the character of the neighborhood or will it be detrimental to nearby properties?
  2. Are there alternative solutions that would not require a variance? An applicant should present his/her reasons for choosing one alternative over another, i.e. better view, better internal pattern, cheaper construction, better overall aesthetics.
  3. Consider whether the requested area variance is substantial, i.e. amount of variance requested, magnitude of variance requested.
  4. Consider whether the area variance will have an adverse effect on physical or environmental conditions in the neighborhood or district, i.e. block a view, cause a drainage problem, impact a wetland, cause a parking shortage.
  5. Is the situation self-created? (Because it is self-created, the granting of the variance is not precluded.)

USE VARIANCE
A Use Variance is required in order for an Applicant to use land for a purpose not allowed in the Zoning regulations. The alternative would be to Re-zone the property. No use variance will be granted without a showing by the applicant that applicable zoning regulations and restrictions have caused unnecessary hardship. A Four-Part Test Must be Applied When Deciding to Grant a Use Variance

  1. No reasonable return on investment
  2. Unique circumstances
  3. Not self-created
  4. No change in the character of the neighborhood

The applicant must pass EVERY test for a Use Variance.

** It is recommended that applicants discuss with their neighbors the proposed variance or Special Use Permit requested. The Town sends agendas of the public hearing to property owners within 200' of the subject property. 

** Applicants may submit letters from neighbors and others in favor of requested variances. 

Any questions regarding Zoning Board Applications may be addressed to the Department of Planning and Zoning. 

Kerry Ivers @ (585) 336-6022 / Email: KIvers@irondequoit.gov
Donna D. Martello @ (585) 336-6015 / Email: DMartello@irondequoit.gov
Michelle Nichols @ (585) 336-6017 / Email: MNichols@irondequoit.gov

APPLICATION

MEETING AGENDA

MINUTES AND RESOLUTIONS

FEE SCHEDULE

MEMBERS

TitleNameTerm Expires
ChairJames HinmanDec. 31, 2026
MemberFrancis L. GormanDec. 31, 2027
MemberJoseph IntiniDec. 31, 2021
MemberCharlsey BickettDec. 31, 2022
MemberRyan TrevasDec. 31, 2024
MemberIssac ElliottDec. 31, 2025
MemberBradley UpsonDec. 31, 2023
Alternate MembervacantDec. 31, 2025
Planning & Zoning Atty.Nixon Peabody LLP 
Town LiaisonKerry Ivers 
SecretaryMichelle Nichols 


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