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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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National Park Service Transportation Plan Schoodic Ped, Pedal, Paddle Program
Importance of Following Ordinances Food Recovery Hierarchy
Preparing Successful CDBG Applications Household Hazardous Waste Collection Dates
Rockweed Rules Grants for Historic Preservation, transportation planning, recreation and conservation, culvert upgrades
Four Brownfield Investigations Completed

Household Hazardous Waste CollectionHousehold Hazardous Waste and Universal Waste Collection

Saturday, August 15, 2015 - 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM - Ellsworth High School

FMI: Sheri Walsh, 667-7131

Residents of participating towns can preregister with your town office for free disposal for a combination of up to two - five gallon units of liquids or 40 lbs of dry HHW. Additional quantities may require a $25 fee per unit (5 gallons or 20 lbs). There is no fee for Universal / E-waste disposal.

Residents of non-participating towns are are encourage to participate, but must pay a $25 disposal fee per five-gallon liquid unit or 20 lb dry units.

Participating Towns (as of 7/24/15):

  • Household Hazardous Waste and Universal Waste: Cranberry Isles, Deer Isle, Eastbrook, Ellsworth, Gouldsboro, Mariaville, Sorrento, Sullivan and Winter Harbor.
  • Household Harzardous Waste Only: Dedham and Hancock .
Household Hazardous Waste Universal Waste
Typical Household Hazardous Waste Typical Universal Waste

RapidFlashingBeaconMaineDOT Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) Program - Available Again For a Limited Time! 

MaineDOT’s can provide Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB) to municipalities at no cost!  Municipalities must install (no wiring required) and maintain them.  MaineDOT will help determine whether a crosswalk location is a good fit for an RRFB.  This program will operate on a first come, first serve basis. 

Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs) are solar-powered flashing lights that drastically improve motor vehicle compliance rates of stopping for pedestrians in crosswalks at unsignalized locations.   They capture the driver's attention, making a particular crossing much more visible and safer for pedestrians. They really make a difference in creating a walkable environment!  

Please contact Stephen Landry at 624-3632 or email him at stephen.landry@maine.gov as soon as possible to discuss the potential location. Contact Jim Fisher at HCPC for local consultation.

National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program

Now Accepting Applications for 2016 Projects
Supporting Community-Led Conservation and Recreation Projects
The National Park Service helps communities create close-to-home recreation opportunities and conserve natural resources. Our Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program is accepting applications through August 1 for help with a wide range of community-led projects.

National Park Service staff can help local leaders:

  • Develop close-to-home parks and greenways
  • Manage community-led visioning, planning, and design
  • Facilitate public involvement
  • Build sustainable partnerships
  • Engage youth through outdoor recreation skill-building and conservation stewardship
  • Plan for trails, landscape conservation, water trails, river restoration, green transportation, and tourism

Review the  application process and exploring current projects in your state. Call or email a National Park Service staff member near you to discuss your idea, and let them know by July 15 if you intend to submit an application by the August 1 due date. Check out this short video.  

Using Flood Exposure Maps - Tuesday, August 4 and 11, 2015 10:00-11:00AM

Do you want local maps showing flood impacts -- and the people, places, and natural resources exposed to coastal flooding? Are you interested in having productive conversations about flood impacts in your community?

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration will be offering a two-part online seminar on August 4 and August 11 from 10:00-11:00 AM. Visit the registration site to sign up in advance.

Department of Environmental Protection Grants for Stream Crossing Improvements

In an effort to improve public safety and minimize impacts on water quality and aquatic habitat, The Department of Environmental Protection is inviting proposals for projects to implement public infrastructure improvements at stream crossings, including culvert upgrades.
Beginning May 29, 2015, eligible recipients may apply for grant monies for improvements to public infrastructure. Project proposals much address improvements, modifications, repairs or upgrades to existing culverts or stream crossings. Eligible recipients must describe how the proposed project meets the following criteria:

  • Benefits water quality
  • Improves habitat for wildlife, fish and other aquatic life ( such as through the replacement of blocked or poorly sized culverts or stream crossings)
  • Improves public safety by reducing risk of infrastructure failure (such as culvert washouts)
  • Includes provisions for climate resiliency (such as flood protection, prevention and control at the project site and downstream)

For more information please visit Maine DEP’s website or contact Leslie Anderson at leslie.anderson@maine.gov.

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.


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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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