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 is currently seeking proposals from qualified non-profit organizations for the Erie County Emergency Solutions Grant Program (ESG). The ESG Program provides funding to rapidly re-house homeless individuals and families, and prevent families and individuals from becoming homeless.

The RVP #1721VF can be found at...


In partnership with Erie, Chautauqua and Niagara counties, the EC Fishery Advisory Board and DEP updated the existing paper “Erie and Niagara Hotspot Fishing Map” to cover the shoreline of all three counties as well as to identify additional fish locations and species.

Maps were printed in early 2016 and distributed through bait tackle shops, fishing organizations, the...


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" Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz was joined today by representatives from the Erie County Industrial...


The Parks Master Plan Update is well underway!

Stakeholder focus group meetings were held in December 2016 and a survey was mailed to 5,000 County residents in March 2017. In April 2017 a link to the same survey was available for anyone interested in providing some feedback. The...


County Executive Poloncarz recently released his administration’s latest economic development plan to stimulate new growth and promote inclusivity. The plan, titled...