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Advisory Boards

The Tompkins County Department of Planning and Sustainability provides staff support to several boards that advise the Tompkins County Legislature on various planning-related topics. General information on County advisory boards, as well as applications to serve, may be found here.

Tompkins County Planning Advisory Board (PAB)

The Planning Advisory Board provides the Tompkins County Legislature and the Commissioner of Planning and Sustainability with advice and counsel on comprehensive land-use planning and matters relating to regional, County, and municipal planning.

Environmental Management Council (EMC)

The Tompkins County Environmental Management Council (EMC) reviews development projects, researches environmental issues, conducts educational programs, and provides specific and detailed information to the public about the natural resources of Tompkins County.

Tompkins County Water Resources Council (WRC)

The Tompkins County Water Resources Council (WRC) advises the Tompkins County Legislature on matters related to water resources management and planning and is charged with identifying problems, proposing priorities, and promoting the coordination of activities in the management and protection of the County’s water resources. The WRC provides a public forum for local communities and stakeholder groups to address and discuss their water resources concerns, and it is the intent of the group to coordinate the water resources-related efforts of local governments, public and private institutions, and agencies and organizations throughout the County.

Tompkins County Energy Task Force (ETF)

The Tompkins County Energy Task Force is tasked with providing input and guidance to the County Department of Planning and Sustainability and to the Legislature on the topics of energy, climate change, and energy-related economic development. The Energy Task Force is also available to provide advice to other community groups on those topics, as requested.