Welcome to Erie County Planning


  • Residents of Erie County
  • Local Municipal Government Officials
  • Local Planning Commissions and Authorities
  • Federal and State elected officials and their staffs
  • Federal and State funding agencies
  • County Executive and County Council
  • Erie County Planning Commission
  • Other County Departments
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Educational Institutions
  • Developers, consultants and contractors


Responsibilities and Services

Regional / Comprehensive Planning

  • Coordinate with Erie County municipalities, the Erie County Planning Commission, area organizations and stakeholders, and the public to develop, maintain and implement the Erie County Comprehensive Plan; and assist the County's thirty-eight municipalities in their comprehensive planning and land use regulatory efforts.
  • Perform reviews and prepare recommendations pertaining to local planning and zoning, including changes in local zoning maps, amendments of zoning and subdivision ordinances, and adoption of new municipal comprehensive plans.
  • Develop and maintain Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for mapping and analysis to support Comprehensive Plan elements, and various local and regional planning initiatives. 
  • Provide GIS data, mapping products and technical support to other County departments, Erie County municipalities and the public.
  • Administer and manage planning and construction projects in conjunction with various Federal and State grant programs.
  • Prepare grant applications on behalf of the County of Erie and local municipalities.
  • Provide technical assistance for County-sponsored projects.

Compliance/Consistency Reviews

  • Administer the Erie County Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance, and perform reviews and prepare recommendations for all subdivision and land development proposals located in Erie County. 
  • Perform mandated compliance/consistency reviews for all Subdivision/Land Development Plans; Act 247 Municipal Ordinance/Comprehensive Plans; Act 537 Municipal Sewage Facilities Plans and Modules; Acts 14/67/68/127 Permit/Land Use Notifications; and Executive Order 12372 Federal Grant Projects.
  • Perform compliance / consistency reviews for all applicable grant proposals submitted by municipalities, organizations and agencies within Erie County to various Federal and state grant programs.

Grant-Related Programs

  • Coordinate and administer the County’s Agricultural Land Preservation Program.
  • Coordinate and administer the County’s Coastal Zone Management Program.
  • Coordinate and administer the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programs of Erie County, Borough of Edinboro, Girard Township, McKean Township, North East Borough and Millcreek Township.
  • Coordinate and administer affordable housing initiatives through the HUD, DCED and Erie County (Act 137) Affordable Housing Fund programs.
  • Coordinate and administer the Erie County Recycling Program, and maintain and implement the Erie County Municipal Solid Waste Management Plan.
  • Coordinate and administer the Erie MPO Metropolitan Transportation Planning process and implement Erie County Transportation Plan initiatives.
  • Coordinate and administer the NBIS Local Bridge Inspection Program.
  • Coordinate and administer the Erie County At-Risk Bridge Program.
  • Coordinate and administer the Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway Program.
  • Coordinate and administer the Erie County Greenways Program.


Trends in Use of Services

  • Continued interest from local municipalities requesting the Planning Department’s assistance in preparing comprehensive plans and land use control ordinances.
  • Increasing demand for county GIS information and specialized mapping products.
  • Increasing demand for technical assistance in locating and preparing grant requests for non-county administered grant programs.
  • Increased collaboration with area agencies and organizations to address and implement community development initiatives.

Erie County Courthouse - 140 West Sixth Street, Erie, PA 16501 - (814) 451-6000 - TDD Phone: (814) 451-6237 - Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm
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