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 wastewaster treatment services in seven sewer districts across the county.

What's Happening in Environment & Planning


The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning has announced funding for Comprehensive Master Plan Updates. Funding for the plans is from the Regional Development Corporation loan fund.

The following towns and villages will be conducting Comprehensive plan updates:

  • Town of Newstead/Village of Akron - Deadline was Thursday, December 29,...


The Broadband Internet Feasibility Study will provide guidance for the planning and development of a broadband strategy within the county.

It will include researching:

  • public and private providers of broadband service throughout the county, 
  • potential infrastructure which may be available but currently underutilized or unused, 
  • existing providers...

 Municipal workshop

Join Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper for an interactive workshop to learn and discuss the Regional Lake Erie/Niagara River Watershed Action Plan. This workshop will highlight findings and suggested management actions for the Upper and Lower Tonawanda Creek Sub-watersheds. Topics will include: Riparian Buffers, Land Use, Agricultural Fertilizer Management, Nutrient Loading, Green Infrastructure....