City of Rochester LWRP



City of Rochester Draft LWRP Amendment


The City of Rochester prepared a Draft Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) Amendment in accordance with the New York State Waterfront Revitalization of Coastal Areas and Inland Waterways Act, and in partnership with the New York State Department of State. The City of Rochester, the third largest city in New York State, is located in the Finger Lakes region.

The City of Rochester LWRP amendment describes current issues and conditions in the City, proposes waterfront improvement projects, and establishes a program for managing, revitalizing and protecting resources along Lake Ontario, the Genesee River and the Erie Canal. The LWRP amendment is a comprehensive waterfront management program based on the policies of the New York State Coastal Management Program (NYS CMP) and the existing City of Rochester LWRP. The Rochester LWRP amendment contains eight sections and six appendices. A summary of the potential effects of the proposed incorporation of the LWRP amendment into the NYS CMP can be found in the Summary.

Preface - This section provides general information about the content of the LWRP amendment and its original approval. The City’s vision and goals for the waterfront area are also presented in this section.

Section I. LWRP Boundary - This section provides a detailed narrative and graphic representation of the Rochester LWRP boundary and proposed expansion.

Section II. LWRP Inventory and Analysis - This section describes the existing natural and man-made environments and conditions within the proposed Rochester LWRP boundary and the community, as well as an analysis of opportunities and constraints to development.

Section III. LWRP Policies - This section refines the policies of the NYS CMP by reflecting the unique conditions within the Rochester LWRP boundary. These policies reflect the economic, environmental, and cultural characteristics within the proposed LWRP boundary, and represent a balance between economic development and preservation, which will permit beneficial use of, and prevent adverse effects on, Rochester’s Lake Ontario, Genesee River and Erie Canal waterfronts. These policies serve as the basis for local and State consistency determinations for activities affecting the LWRP. Such activities may include, but not be limited to, permitting and funding. No policy shall be viewed as being more significant than another. These policies are also reflected in the specific standards of the relevant City of Rochester local laws.

Section IV. LWRP Proposed Land/Water Uses and Projects - This section describes proposed long-term land and water uses as well as proposed short- and long-term projects that the City will pursue in order to enhance its waterfront and revitalize its economy, consistent with the policies of the LWRP amendment.

Section V. LWRP Implementation Techniques - This section describes the local laws necessary to guide each future action within the Rochester LWRP boundary in a manner consistent with the policies and proposed uses set forth in Sections III and IV of the City of Rochester LWRP amendment.

Section VI. State and Federal Actions and Programs Likely to Affect Implementation - This section consists of a list of State and federal actions and programs which must be undertaken in a manner consistent with the LWRP amendment, as well as a description of specific State and federal actions necessary to further implement the proposed projects.

Section VII. LWRP Local Commitment and Public Participation - The implementation of the City of Rochester LWRP amendment will affect and be affected by the actions of adjacent municipalities, State, federal, regional, and county agencies. This section summarizes the efforts made by the City to involve and inform other agencies regarding development of the LWRP amendment, and the actions taken by the City to obtain local input and support for its development and approval.

Section VIII. LWRP Harbor Management Plan - This section of the LWRP amendment incorporates, by reference, recommendations from the Port of Rochester & Genesee River Harbor Management Plan included in Appendix I, and provides additional structure, clarification, and recommendations that address harbor management issues within the remaining harbors of the City’s waterways.

Appendix I. Port of Rochester Harbor Management Plan

Appendix II. LWRP Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Executive Summary

Appendix III. City of Rochester Consistency Review Ordinance and Coastal Assessment Form

Appendix IV. Significant Coastal Fish and Wildlife Habitats incorporated into the NYS Coastal Management Program

Appendix V. West River Wall Master Plan

Appendix VI. Guidelines for Notification and Review

Note: The highlighted City of Rochester Draft LWRP Amendment link at the top of this page accesses a PDF of the main document. To access the PDF of each component of the document click on their highlighted headings.