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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

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.


Stream-Smart Road Crossing Workshop – Bar Harbor

  • Thursday, Mar 26, 2015 8:30am – 12:30pm
  • Location: MDI Biological Laboratory, 159 Old Bar Harbor Road Bar Harbor
  • Price: $35.00

This workshop will cover road-stream crossing projects from site assessment to permitting and installation. The emphasis will be on maintaining and restoring the habitat and economic values of the stream. Workshop presenters will include professionals from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, the Maine Forest Service, ProjectShare, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Maine Coastal Program, NOAA and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.

Participants in this workshop will receive recertification credit for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s Voluntary Contractor Certification Program. This workshop should be helpful to all professionals who are responsible for road-stream crossings including, contractors, road commissioners, public works departments, conservation commissions, engineers, planners, land trusts, watershed groups and private landowners.

Sponsored by the National Park Service and Friends of Acadia. Please note that there is no charge for Mount Desert Island municipal officials, residents, contractors, students, etc.
Click here for downloadable registration form.

Workshops are offered in four different locations in Maine—content is the same for all workshops.

Contact: Becca Wilson - (207) 781-2330 x222

Register Now

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

National Bike to School Day 2015: Schwinn’s Helmets on Heads Bike Share Giveaway

SRTSThe National Center for Safe Routes to School andSchwinn's Helmets on Heads program are teaming up again to celebrate Bike to School Day with the National Bike to School Day Helmets on Heads Bike Share Giveaway. This second annual Bike Share Giveaway will provide 10 bikes and 20 helmets to 10 schools and community organizations across the US.

Individuals, schools and organizations that register their Bike to School Day event online are eligible to win one of the ten drawings for Schwinn’s bike and helmet giveaway. Each giveaway will include 10 bicycles and 20 helmets to be awarded to a winning school.  Drawings will begin on Wednesday April 15th. Winners will be announced weekly on the Safe Routes to School and Schwinn Facebook pages. For more giveaway details visit http://walkbiketoschool.org/helmets-on-heads-bike-share-giveaway. Contact Jim Fisher at HCPC for help planning your bike to school day.

MaineDOT Releases 2015-2017 Workplan

MaineDOT has published the lastest 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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