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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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Spring 2016 Newsletter

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In this issue:

Planning News: Stream Smart

Recent Court Case: Bryant v. Town of Camden

Shoreland Zoning and Comprehensive Plans Brownfields News
Floodplain News Transportation News

Hancock County Planning Commission to hold Backyard Compost Bin and Recycling Bin Sale

Here's your chance to turn your otherwise-wasted kitchen vegetable scraps and yard trimmings into a nutrient-rich soil amendment.  The Hancock County Planning Commission (HCPC) is hosting a backyard composting bin and recycling bin sale. A home compost bin and how-to guide with a combined retail value of $100 can be purchased for only $48 (tax included).  The bin is black and is made of 100% recycled plastic.  It's approximately 35" high and 33" wide, or large enough for a family of five.  View the compost bin here.

We also have available recycling bins.   The 18-gallon curbside recycling containers are an effective way for households to collect their recyclable materials. They are blue and are partially made from recycled materials.  The bins are 16.25’’ wide, 25.75" long and 14.5’’ tall. They weigh 5 pounds and are rated for an 80 pound payload.  Two molded-in handles on ends allow for easy lifting of containers.  They cost $9 each.  View the recycling bin here.
Supplies are limited and currently in stock.   Checks and cash are accepted

Contact Sheri Walsh at 667-7131 or by e-mail at swalsh@hcpcme.org to learn more. Items are available for pick M-F 8-4:30 while supplies last.   When we all work together to increase our recycling, decrease our contribution to outside landfills, and nourish our lawns and gardens in the process, the whole community benefits!

DEP Announces Recipients of Grants for Culvert Upgrades!

Congratulations to the successful applicants in Dedham, Orland, and Ellsworth for working to enhance water quality and fish habitat through the reduction of erosion and replacement of undersized culverts in Hancock County! Read the full announcement here.


Join us June 23rd for our next workshop!

HCPC will hold the 33rd session of it's Striking a Balance workshop series on Thursday, June 23rd. The topic of this session will be site plan review, and attendees can earn CEO/LPI land use credits. View the brochure here, and register today!


Workshops and Grants from the Recreational Trails Program:

The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands Recreational Trails Program has announced a series of workshops around the state for those considering applying for an RTP grant. For more information about the grant program and workshops, visit their website here.


HCPC has recieved a brownfields assessment grant! Read the EPA press release here.


The National TIM Responder Training Program will be offering a free Train the Trainer course in Bangor on June 16 and 17, 2016. For more information about the program view the flyer here.


MDOT Updates related to the 2016-2017-2018 Work Plan, Public Involvement, and Highway Corridor Priorities (HCP) and Customer Service Levels (CSL) can be found on our Transportation page here.


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
http://www.maine.gov/dacf/mgs/hazards/coastal/index.shtml

  • 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)

Find your Floodplain

HCPC has created an easy user-interface for you to see FEMA's preliminary flood insurance maps for Hancock County. These maps are being reviewed by towns for adoption at town meetings this spring. For more information, visit our floodplain page here.


NOAA Weather Mapping ApplicationBuild Your Own Weather Map

New Online Weather Mapping GIS Application from NOAA

 

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

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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