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Hancock County
Planning Commission

A voluntary association of governments in Hancock County, Maine

HCPC has been providing planning and related government-support assistance to Hancock County municipalities since 1970. Our services now include special projects such as support for healthy communities, housing and community development planning and hazardous waste planning. Explore these developments along with our ongoing work in land use, transportation, economic development, solid waste and recycling:
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Using Outside Experts for Develoment Review Future of Solid Waste and Recycling
Green Infrastructure Free Pesticide Disposal September 26
Flood Insurance Maps Transit Planning and Bus Stop Information
Brownfields Initiative Underway Fusion for Municipal Asset Management

Find your Floodplain

HCPC has created an easy user-interface for you to see FEMA's preliminary flood insurance maps for Hancock County. Click on the area of interest to download a PDF file showing the proposed flood insurance map. The 90 day comment period will close approximately November 14, 2014. Following this period, final maps will be prepared and subsequent changes will require a Letter of Map Amendment or LOMA. Contact HCPC for more information.


Maine Department of Transportation Drafts Request for Proposals for Planning Partnership Initiative (Proposal Deadline: Not Applicable) A new program is under design for transportation planning that encourages towns to apply for funding of specific planning projects that can be completed in four to nine months. As proposed, towns would be responsible for 50% of the total project cost. See the draft guidelines here. Contact Jim Fisher at HCPC if you have questions. We will post the final announcement when it is available.


REMINDER: Apply for National Safe Routes to School Mini-Grant for Bicycling
Applications Due October 22, 2014 

The National Center for Safe Routes to School and Schwinn’s Helmets on Heads program are teaming up to provide 25 $1,000 mini-grants to 25 schools across the country.  These mini-grants support a common goal of both organizations: to support educators, communities and families in encouraging children to safely bike to school.
Applications are now being accepted for mini-grant activities planned for the second half of the 2014-2015 school year. These funds can be used for activities ranging from the nuts and bolts to help start or sustain bicycling programs, to new, inspiring ideas that explore the range of benefits of safe bicycling.  Selected mini-grant proposals will fit a school’s needs and interests around safe bicycling and helmet safety education, and will require that correct helmet use be a mandatory component of any program. Recipients are also asked to share the Helmets on Heads pledgewith students or youth involved in their program.
Mini-grant applications are due Wednesday, October 22, 2014, and award winners will be announced in December. The mini-grant activities should occur between January 1, 2015, and the end of the Spring 2015 semester.  Download the application or apply online.

REMINDER: Recreational Trails Program Funding
Applications Due November 14, 2014

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funds trail improvements in communities
throughout the state each year. RTP is a federal assistance program to help states provide and maintain recreational trails for both motorized and non-motorized use.  It provides funds for a variety of trails including those for walking, bicycling, in-line skating, water activities, equestrian use, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, off-road motorcycling, all-terrain vehicle use, four-wheel driving, and other off-road vehicle use.
Deadline for the application is November 14, 2014.  See here for more information and the application.  Please contact Mick Rogers, Supervisor of Outdoor Recreation with any questions at mick.rogers@maine.gov

Due December 31 - Walmart Local Giving Program
The Wal-Mart Foundation supports programs and initiatives addressing education, workforce development, economic sustainability, and health and wellness. Health and Wellness examples include programs that support nutrition and active lifestyles, educating people of all ages about their health, preventing and managing chronic disease. Explore this opportunity more for your local walk and bike programs! Deadline: December 31, 2014 - more information and application can be found here.


MaineDOTMaineDOT Transportation Surveys

1) MaineDOT Public Opinion Survey on long-range transportation needs. This is your opportunity to help shape the future of transportation in Maine!

The Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) is asking for input for their statewide long-range transportation plan. Your answers will affect the way the Department sets goals, objectives, and strategies for future transportation projects in Maine.

2) MaineDOT Customer Satisfaction Survey: Let MaineDOT know your priorities for future transportation investments. Should MaineDOT invest in airports, transit systems smoother roads? Which is more important to you? The survey only takes a couple minutes.


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HCPC, 395 State Street, Ellsworth, ME 04605
Voice: (207) 667-7131 Fax: (207) 667-2099
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The Hancock County Planning Commission prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation or marital or family status. The HCPC is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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