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


Erie County has released its draft Climate Action and Sustainability Plan (“CASP”) for internal county operations for public comment. The draft CASP is the product of a collaborative effort involving input from all...


The Erie County Cultural Funding Program has had a significant impact on the development of the arts and cultural community throughout the region. The Erie County Arts and Cultural Advisory Board (EACAB) members contribute their time, expertise and goodwill to the program. Serving on the Board is both an opportunity and a commitment.





The Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry in conjunction with the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning have announced a public comment period to solicit public input on the updated Erie County Parks Master Plan (“the...


The rebirth of Lackawanna’s Bethlehem Steel site continues to gain momentum with the opening of the newest section of the Shoreline Trail on the site, an approximately 6,500-foot long, 10-foot wide stretch that runs from the City of Buffalo line to Dona Street in Lackawanna.

The first phase of the approximately $1.8 million Shoreline Trail project was funded through a combination...


Erie County engaged HVS Convention, Sports & Entertainment (HVS) to conduct a market and feasibility analysis related to the potential redevelopment of the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center (BNCC).

The completed study was released on September 20th, 2018. 

Key findings were that the Buffalo-Niagara region is not fulfilling its potential in the convention industry and...


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...