Thomas R. Hersey, Jr., Commissioner of Environment & Planning

Thomas R. Hersey, Jr., Commissioner of Environment & Planning

The Department of Environment and Planning leads the County's economic development efforts, oversees environmental compliance, collaborates on local and regional planning, provides digital mapping services, and provides wastewater treatment services in seven sewer districts across the county.

What's Happening in Environment & Planning


The County of Erie, New York (“County”) is seeking proposals from qualified communication and technology firms (“Consultant”) to provide customer outreach/ commitment, business planning, and design services for a proposed municipally-owned Open Access Network (“OAN”).

Access to high speed broadband internet is a necessity for the County’s...



The 2020 Learning Series event scheduled for this Friday, March 20th has been postponed, due to public health concerns surrounding the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We plan to hold the event on May 15th instead. More details about the rescheduled event (location, etc.) will be forthcoming in mid-April....


The 2021 Cultural Funding cycle is about to begin! Applications will be released tomorrow, Wednesday February 12, 2020. The Applicant Briefing is this Thursday February 13, 2020 at 5:30pm at the Central Library, Central Meeting Room

A second Applicant Briefing is this Tuesday February 25, 2020 at 5:30pm at the Chestnut Ridge Park...


The Study assessed potential sites for a new Convention Center in Buffalo and evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of each, identifying a site on Delaware Avenue directly across from the historic Statler Hotel on West Mohawk Street as the preferred site for a new Convention Center. The Delaware Avenue site gives our community the most value for the lowest investment. 



The 2020 Erie County Business Assistance Directory, a comprehensive and current fifty-page compilation of business and government agencies, economic development service providers, transportation, planning, and zoning information, and much more, is now available!

The Directory is intended to assist a businessperson or someone unfamiliar with Erie County by...

Agriculture and Farmland Protection Application

The New Interactive Agricultural and Farmland Protection Mapping Application

The Agricultural and Farmland Protection (AFP) Mapping Application provides an interactive view of maps contained in Erie County’s Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan. It provides the basis for land use planning and conservation of valuable agricultural lands. The AFP provides descriptions and map...