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

Climate Action and Sustainability Plan

Climate Week is September 21-27, 2020.  Learn about what Erie County is doing to address climate change by visiting where you will find: 

  • the County's Climate Action & Sustainability Plan for internal operations (,...

2021-2022 Consolidated Plan - Citizen Forums



Notice to the Citizens of the Erie County Consortium


The Citizen Forums, part of the 2021-2022 Consolidated Plan process, are intended to provide an opportunity for citizens to express community development...

Agricultural District Open Enrollment

Per New York State Agriculture and Markets Law Section 303-b, the Erie County Legislature designated September 1 through September 30 as the annual thirty-day period during which landowners may submit requests to include predominantly viable agricultural land into an existing certified agricultural district.


Copies of the application form have been provided to Municipal...

Erie Grown Passport

The Erie County Office of Agriculture today announced a new initiative aimed at promoting local agriculture, a sector hard-hit the COVID-19 pandemic, with the launch of the Erie Grown Passport. Created in partnership with the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County, the Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District, Taste NY, and New York State Grown and Certified,...

Small Business Resources 2020

Being a small business owner can be a daunting task, especially in the wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately there are a multitude of resources available to help shepherd business owners through the storm. The Erie County Business Task Force has compiled a comprehensive list of small business service providers that can assist with access to capital, technical trainings, networking...

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...