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Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and Infill/Redevelopment - Update

The City of Rochester adopted its Comprehensive Plan, Planning 2 Succeed (P2S) 2040, in April 2018. P2S 2040 presents a vision to reduce the amount of vehicular traffic entering downtown through a change in choice of transportation and an increase of housing options around downtown. Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and infill and redevelopment policies are essential components toward achieving that vision.

As a part of the review process, the community is invited to an Open House on Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at 125 Live in the River Room.  This gathering will provide the public an opportunity to learn more about the updates, ask questions directly to Rochester-Olmsted Planning Department staff, and provide feedback.

The vision provides transportation choice to the estimated 60,000 employees who will work in the Destination Medical Center (DMC) District. In addition, this intended shift helps to achieve an increase in housing options around downtown, which also assists in decreasing vehicular congestion.  Without this work, the downtown would need an additional seven city blocks worth of 9-story parking ramps.

As part of this project, Rochester-Olmsted Planning Department staff are proposing the creation of two new zoning districts; the “TOD” district and the “R2x” district. These new zoning districts are intended to promote infill, redevelopment, and densification around the downtown area.

Important Dates:

  • 10/29: Presentation of Drafts at City Council Committee of The Whole Meeting - 3:30 p.m. at City Hall Room 104
  • 10/30: Presentation of Drafts at R-Neighbors Council of Neighborhoods Meeting- 5:30 p.m. at 125 LIVE
  • 11/8: Draft Review Open House – 5:30-7:30 p.m. at 125 Live


Project Summary


The City of Rochester has hired Clarion Associates to prepare targeted updates to the City’s Land Development Regulations. These updates will address:

  1. Infill & Redevelopment in Neighborhoods near Downtown
  2. Transit-Oriented and Transit-Supportive Development
  3. Incentives & Restricted Development
  4. General Updates to Implement the Comprehensive Plan

Clarion Associates is a national land use consulting firm that has completed over 180 zoning and development code revision projects throughout the U.S. and Canada. 

General Work Plan

The purpose of this project is to update Rochester’s regulations to reflect current best practices in infill development, development incentives, restricted development, and transit-oriented development, and to reflect the emerging land use and transportation goals in the draft Planning 2 Succeed (P2S) comprehensive plan. This project is scheduled to take place between January 2018 and July 2019, and the City will provide multiple opportunities and channels for public engagement throughout the process.

Transit-Oriented Development Interim Overlay 

Section 62.1120 Transit-Oriented Development Interim Overlay District - Approved 4/16/18

If you have questions or comments about any aspect of the Land Development Regulations Update
project, please do not hesitate to contact the Planning Department.