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 County of Erie, New York (the “County”) is currently seeking Proposal Statements from qualified firms interested in providing engineering services.

The design goal will be to enhance the ecosystem at property along Big Sister Creek to function as a natural filter for upstream pollutants such as nutrients, sediment, and pathogens in order to protect resources downstream....

The 2019 Arts and Cultural Funding Application is now available on

Applications have been released earlier in the year and will be due earlier than in the past.

Two applications will again be available – a short form application for funding requests up to $7,500...

Cover Page RFP1805VF

The County of Erie, New York (the “County”) is currently seeking Proposal Statements from qualified architectural firms interested in providing architectural services for completing certain technical components of the Commercial Center Improvement Program. The...

Agriturism Map

Local agriculture is an important and varied regional asset. In Erie County, we have the good fortune of having a large number of farms and agricultural businesses.

In an effort to support local farms and protect farmland, the 2012 Erie County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan set...

The 2018 Western NY Stormwater Conference & Tradeshow is in Buffalo, NY on April 5, 2018.

Join us for a solid line up of professionals speaking on a variety of topics related to green infrastructure, stormwater management and MS4 program implementation.

Who should attend? Municipal officials and staff, advisory board members, agencies, engineers, contractors...


Order forms for the 2017 Conservation Tree and Shrub Seedling Sale are now available from Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District.


The Conservation Tree and Shrub Seedling Program is an annual sale of deciduous and conifer seedlings and conifer transplants for the conservation of natural resources and for the enhancement of forestry, wildlife habitat and economic...

2019 Cultural Funding Program Dates:


Friday February 23, 2018

12:00 pm (noon)

Applications released. (Briefing details TBD)