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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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Shoreland Zoning HCPC HHW Collection Success
Timber Harvesting Standards HCPC Road Salt Joint Purchase Saves Towns An Average of $8.30 a Ton
Changes Pending in 2016 CDBG Program Complete Streets
CDBG: Seven Steps to Failure Compost Bin Sale
Brownfield News Grants Available!

Maine Active Community Environments Workshop for Healthy Active Living

  • Financial resources for community improvements
  • Networking with neighboring communities
  • Resource materials and hands-on training

Thursday, November 12 - Bangor, City Hall, 73 Harlow St. 2 - 4 pm
Register on line at http://tinyurl.com/2015-16-ACE
All sessions are free of charge and include all materials and light healthy snack.

Cycling In Acadia National ParkSchoodic Woods Sign

The National Park Service has just opened over 8.5 miles of new bike trails in the Schoodic Peninsula section of the park. In addition to the trails, the new portion of the park includes campgrounds and 4 miles of hiking trails. Click here for a map and more information.

Maine Geological Survey Flood Hazard Website

  • 2015 Highest Annual Tide (HAT)
  • sea level rise and storm surge scenarios (1, 2, 3.3, and 6 feet on top of the 2015 HAT)
  • Potential Hurricane Inundation Mapping (PHIM) datasets for Category 1 and 2 events making landfall at mean tide or mean high tide
  • Maine FEMA Floodplain Maps (available from the Maine Floodplain Management Office)

Department of Environmental Protection Grants for Stream Crossing Improvements

In an effort to improve public safety and minimize impacts on water quality and aquatic habitat, The Department of Environmental Protection is inviting proposals for projects to implement public infrastructure improvements at stream crossings, including culvert upgrades.
Eligible recipients may apply for grant monies for improvements to public infrastructure. Project proposals much address improvements, modifications, repairs or upgrades to existing culverts or stream crossings. Eligible recipients must describe how the proposed project meets the following criteria:

  • Benefits water quality
  • Improves habitat for wildlife, fish and other aquatic life ( such as through the replacement of blocked or poorly sized culverts or stream crossings)
  • Improves public safety by reducing risk of infrastructure failure (such as culvert washouts)
  • Includes provisions for climate resiliency (such as flood protection, prevention and control at the project site and downstream)

Details at: RFP Fact Sheet

Second Round Timeline:

  • Applications available — Oct. 5, 2015
  • Submission due date — Nov. 16, 2015
  • Grants Awarded — Jan 5, 2016

For more information please visit Maine DEP’s website or contact Leslie Anderson at leslie.anderson@maine.gov.

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 has closed. However, final maps will not be released until summer, 2016. Appeals may further delay the process. Subsequent changes will require a Letter of Map Amendment or LOMA.

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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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