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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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Using Outside Experts for Develoment Review Future of Solid Waste and Recycling
Green Infrastructure Free Pesticide Disposal September 26
Flood Insurance Maps Transit Planning and Bus Stop Information
Brownfields Initiative Underway Fusion for Municipal Asset Management

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 blue area indicates where there is a 1% or greater chance flooding will occur each year. VE or Velocity Zones are areas subject to higher wind and tidal surges. These zones include a designation such as (EL 14) or flood elevation of 14 feet. Higher elevations indicate greater flood potential. The 90 day comment period is now open. Following this period, final maps will be prepared and subsequent changes will require a Letter of Map Amendment or LOMA. Contact HCPC for more information.

Hancock County Planning Commission County wide Brownfields Assessment
Request for Proposals
- Submission Deadline September 22, 2014

Introducing Green Infrastructure Workshop - Planning for ResilienceCoastal Map
Monday, September 29th 2014 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Ellsworth City Hall Auditorium, 1 City Hall Plaza Ellsworth

Green Infrastructure is a network of natural areas that benefits nature and people. The green infrastructure approach to planning helps communities balance environmental and economic goals.

Registration is free, but seating is limited. Pre-register by September 3rd.

Questions: Contact Ruta Dzenis
Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
Municipal Planning Assistance Program
207-287-2851 ruta.dzenis@maine.gov

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.

Special Collection of Banned and Unusable Pesticides

This October, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s (DACF) Board of Pesticides Control (BPC) will team up with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to help Mainers dispose of banned pesticides or unusable pesticides.

This free disposal program is open to homeowners, family-owned farms and greenhouses. Collection will occur at sites located in Presque Isle, Bangor, Augusta and Portland.

Registration by September 26, 2014, is mandatory—drop-ins are not permitted. To register, get details, and learn important information about the temporary storage and transportation of obsolete pesticides, go to the BPC Web site at thinkfirstspraylast.org , or call 207-287-2731.

Increasing Community Resilience to Ocean Acidification in Maine
Date: October 7, 2014 Time: 9:00 - 4:30 (lunch will be included)
Venue: Long Reach Hall at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath

Sponsored by the Island Institute and The Natureal Resources Defense Council

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
EMail: hcpc@hcpcme.org - Map to HCPC

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