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Hancock County
Planning Commission

Scenic Assessment Inventory and Analysis

The Hancock County Planning Commission (HCPC) and Washington County Council of Governments are preparing an inventory of key scenic and historic views as seen from public places in down east coastal towns. This inventory is a major opportunity to identify key scenic views. The results will be useful to communities for updating comprehensive plans, preparing grant applications, creating village improvement strategies, and tourism promotion as well as developing land protection strategies.  The inventory will be published in print and online with maps, photographs and recommendations.

Documents and Plans


  • Nominate Scenic Locations in Hancock and Washington Counties - Just click here!
    What are the most beautiful or important scenic views in the Downeast region. Please help us identify scenic locations by nominating your favorite views. Please be as specific as you can about the location of the scenic view and why this place is scenic. This will help us find the location and know what to look for when we visit. We are only able to include views seen from public locations, such as roadsides, parks and public lands.
  • Latest Ratings for Scenic Areas (01/17/10)
    Desktop Rating
    Field Rating
    Total Rating
  • Hancock County Towns: Interactive map provides addition information about towns
  • Google Maps - Hancock and Washington County Assessment - source for detailed individual ratings, maps and photographs.

View Hancock-Washington Scenic Inventory in a larger map



Public Outreach

Date Time Location Description Agenda Minutes
03/30/10 5:30 PM Blue Bird Restaurant, Machias WCCOG presentation to the Machias Rotary

Assessment Documents

Link Description Date
Table of Contents Summary of Worksheets  
Field Work Instructions Instructions 06/04/09
Cheat Sheets Quick guides for rating scenic areas 06/08/09
Blank Evaluation Form Form used for ratings 06/08/09
Purpose Statement Why do scenic assessments?  
Scenic Eco-regions Map of eco-regions 06/08/09
District Map Map of scenic districts in Hancock and Washington Counties 06/04/09
Sub-district Map Map of scenic subdistrictes 06/04/09
Inventory Handout One page description of this project 06/09/09
Volunteer Job Description How volunteers can get involved 06/09/09
Contact Information Contacts managing this project 06/09/09
Access Database Full Database without Images 05/13/14


Regional Organizations

State Organizations


For more information, contact Thomas Martin, HCPC Executive Director

HCPC, 395 State Street, Ellsworth, ME 04605
Voice: (207) 667-7131 Fax: (207) 667-2099
EMail: tmartin@hcpcme.org