Planning & Development

The Department of Planning and Development is responsible for coordinating the physical development and redevelopment of Rochester.  This Department provides staff support for the Planning Board, and the Historic District, Conservation, and Arts and Culture Commissions.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Planning & Development Department is coordinate the physical development and redevelopment of the City of Rochester in order to promote orderly growth, foster efficient use of infrastructure, protect property rights and investment, maintain property values, protect and enhance the environmental/historic/cultural resources, enhance the business climate, improve and protect the social capital, health, safety, and welfare of its citizens.  We do this by facilitating the process of establishing Rochester’s long-term and short-term development goals, the implementation of those goals, being proactive and reactive in updating regulations and ordinances, and through an efficient and thorough review process.


Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Jim Campbell Director
Seth Creighton Chief Planner
Michelle Mears Senior Planner
Crystal Galloway Secretary 603-335-1338