Destination Erie is a Strategic Plan for the Future of the NWPA

Destination Erie: A Regional Vision is about envisioning the County’s future and creating a strategy to meet the region’s economic, social, and environmental challenges of the 21st century. The planning process coincides with Erie’s bicentennial (2013) celebration of the Battle of Lake Erie. Building on the legacy of the landmark plans created by John Nolen in 1913 and Maurice Rotival in 1963, Destination Erie will set the course for the region to become a model of success in the 21st century.

The planning process will be carried out in three phases over three years and will be driven by public input throughout the process. A diverse consortium of the region’s organizations and leaders will develop the Destination Erie plan.  A consultant team, led by peter j. smith & company, inc. (PJS&C), will assist the region in preparing the plan. PJS&C is a full service, multi-disciplinary firm with over twenty-five years experience in Urban and Regional Planning, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture and Economic Development.


Why do we need a plan, and how will it benefit Erie County?

sus•tain•a•ble de•vel•op•ment – development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Livability Principles

  1. Provide more transportation choices.
    • Develop safe, reliable, and economical transportation choices to decrease household transportation costs, reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil, improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and promote public health.
  2. Promote equitable, affordable housing. 
    • Expand location- and energy-efficient housing choices for people of all ages, incomes, races, and ethnicities to increase mobility and lower the combined cost of housing and transportation.
  3. Enhance economic competitiveness. 
    • Improve economic competitiveness through reliable and timely access to employment centers, educational opportunities, services and other basic needs by workers, as well as expanded business access to markets.
  4. Support existing communities.
    • Target federal funding toward existing communities—through strategies like transit-oriented, mixed-use development and land recycling—to increase community revitalization and the efficiency of public works investments and safeguard rural landscapes.
  5. Coordinate and leverage federal policies and investment. 
    • Align federal policies and funding to remove barriers to collaboration, leverage funding, and increase the accountability and effectiveness of all levels of government to plan for future growth, including making smart energy choices such as locally generated renewable energy.
  6. Value communities and neighborhoods. 
    • Enhance the unique characteristics of all communities by investing in healthy, safe, and walkable neighborhoods—rural, urban, or suburban.