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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:

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

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.

HCPC's 2016 Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 24th, and registration is now open! To view the evening's agenda, click here.

To download an RSVP form, click here.

The draft 2016-17 Services Policy can be viewed here.

To view the minutes from the 2015 Annual Meeting, click 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.

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine will be offering a Community Spokes Program training in Machias on May 11, 2016. The Community Spokes Program is the Coalition's effort to create a statewide network of bicycle and pedestrian advocates at the local level. For more information about the program or to register for the event in Machias, click here.

Grants for Wetland Projects available! The Department of Environmental Protection is inviting proposals for wetland restoration, enhancement and creation projects to include provisions for climate change, flood protection and resiliency and to improve wildlife habitat.
Beginning April 18, 2016, eligible recipients may apply for grant monies for wetland projects. Applicants must describe how the proposed project meets the following criteria:

  • Provides restoration of impacted wetlands, enhancement of existing wetlands, or creation of wetland from upland
  • Provides habitat for wildlife species, including birds, fish and amphibians
  • Provides water quality benefits
  • Demonstrates the technical expertise to implement the wetland restoration project
  • Demonstrates the capacity to maintain and protect the wetland in the future

For more information please visit Maine DEP’s website or contact Bill Longfellow at william.longfellow@maine.gov.

Grants for Municipal and Regional Coastal Projects! The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Maine Coastal Program is seeking applications for a new round of coastal grants for FY 2017. The grants are for municipal and regional projects in Maine’s Coastal Zone. For more information and application documents, visit DACF's Municipal Planning Assistance Program website here. Deadline is May 12th!

HCPC is sponsoring a curbside recycling bin sale! The 18-gallon curbside recycling containers are an effective way for households to collect their recyclable materials. The bins cost $9 each, and may be picked up at the Hancock County Planning Commission office, 395 State Street, Ellsworth, Monday-Friday 8:00 - 4:30. Payment made be made by check or cash. For further information, contact Sheri Walsh at 667-7131 or swalsh@hcpcme.org.

For details about the bins, check out the PDF flyer here. Get yours today!

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

  • 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
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