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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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MaineDOT Public Meeting March 4 Ellsworth Brownfields and Solid Waste News
Stormwater Runoff Using Traffic Count Data
Shoreland Zoning Guidelines Released Traffic Incident Management Teams
Wind Energy Noise Standards Changed More LIDAR Topo Data for Hancock County
Home Composters for Sale Online Map Services

May 26, 2015 7:00 PM
Ellsworth Public Library Conference Room (Ground Floor - Parking Lot Level)
20 State Street, Ellsworth, ME 04605

Featured Speaker: Richard Rosen, Maine Commissioner of Finance and former State Senator representing Maine's 31st District.

Commissioner Rosen's presentation will be followed by a brief business meeting.

Light refreshments will be served.

Earth Maching Poster

2015 Home Composting Promotion

HCPC is offering earth machine home composting systems and covered kitchen pails. Click on the poster to open an order form.

Complete and return the form before April 27, 2015.


Coastal grants available for municipal and regional projects
The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Maine Coastal Program announced that it is seeking applications for a new round of coastal grants for FY 2016. The grants are for municipal and regional projects in Maine’s Coastal Zone.  The two types of available grants covered by this announcement are Coastal Communities Grants and Shore and Harbor Planning Grants. Funding for these technical assistance grants comes from Maine Coastal Program’s annual grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as well as the Submerged Lands Program within the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.

The Coastal Communities grants have a maximum award of $50,000, while the Shore and Harbor grant have a maximum award of $30,000. Those eligible to apply include towns in Maine’s coastal zone, groups of towns in Maine’s coastal zone; coastal Regional Planning Commissions; and coastal Councils of Government.

Grant applications are due Thursday, May 14, 2015.

Coastal Communities Grant Program
Eligible projects must be designed to improve water quality, increase resiliency/adaptation to erosion and flooding, conserve coastal habitat, promote sustainable development, and enhance the coastal-dependent economy while preserving natural coastal resources. This program is designed to address the five priority goals of the Maine Coastal Program:  

  • Ensuring Sustainable, Vibrant Coastal Communities
  • Improving Coastal Public Access
  • Addressing the effects of land use activity on water quality
  • Restoring Coastal Habitats
  • Preparing for coastal storms, erosion and flooding, coastal hazards

Shore and Harbor Planning Grants
Shore and Harbor Technical Assistance Grants promote sound waterfront planning and harbor management, balanced development of shore and harbor areas, advance planning for waterfront infrastructure improvements and access to the shore. Funds may be used for development of plans for waterfront, harbor, and mooring areas; development of regulatory and non-regulatory approaches to waterfront conservation and improvement; development of planning studies for public and working access; development of plans and designs for harbor improvements; and development of management plans for municipal waterfront facilities.

The Maine Coastal Program FY16 Grant Program Statement can be found at: 
More information about the Maine Coastal Program can be found at

Tom Martin, 667-7131 tmartin@hcpcme.org General Inquiries
Ruta Dzenis, 287-2851 ruta.dzenis@maine.gov  Coastal Community Grants
Melissa Anson, 592-5689  melissa.anson@maine.gov Shore and Harbor Planning Grants

Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Parks and Lands, Seeks Grant Proposals to Enhance Public Recreational Boat Access

Grants are limited to a maximum of $150,000 and must be completed by June 30, 2017. A cash or in-kind match equal to 50% of approved project costs is required. Project proposals are due June 24, 2015. A pre-application inspection by Bureau staff must be completed before an application is submitted. Requests for pre-application inspections must be made no later than May 13, 2015.

For More Information Contact: George Powell, 207-287-4964 Or visit: http://www.maine.gov/dacf/parks/grants/boating_facilities_fund.html

MaineDOT Releases 2015-2017 Workplan

MaineDOT has published the latest edition of the three year work plan. This document summarizes projects by location, work to be done, when it will be built and the amount of funding raised.

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.

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.

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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