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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:

Summer 2016 Newsletter


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In this issue:

HCPC Annual Meeting Recap

Planning News: Shoreland Zoning in the Court

Joint Purchasing News Brownfields News
CDBG News Solid Waste News
Transportation News Hancock County Facts & Figures

Obsolete Pesticide Collection

The Maine Bureau of Pesticides Control is giving Mainers an opportunity to dispose of banned or unusable pesticides. You must register by September 23 to participate. For more information, click here.

Joint Road Salt Purchase Saves Hancock County Towns Nearly $44,000!

2016 Household Hazardous Waste Collection

The HCPC is sponsoring a Household Hazardous Waste Collection event on Saturday, August 20th from 9:00-1:00 at Ellsworth High School.

The following towns are signed up to participate in the event:

  • Cranberry Isles
  • Deer Isle
  • Ellsworth
  • Gouldsboro
  • Hancock (HHW only)
  • Dedham (HHW only)
  • Mariaville
  • Sorrento
  • Sullivan
  • Winter Harbor

View the press release here.

View a printable poster for the event here.

Can't make it to the collection? Click here for additional information about disposing of houshold hazardous waste. Ellsworth Noon Rotary is also sponsoring an e-waste event on Saturday, July 23rd. More info here.

Winter Harbor Bike-Ped Plan

The recently-completed Village Bicycle-Pedestrian Plan for Winter Harbor can be viewed online here.

Stormwater Inspector Training

The National Stormwater Center is offering Certified Stormwater Inspector (municipal) training in Portland, ME on August 25-26, 2016.

View the flyer here.

Hancock County Planning Commission to hold Backyard Compost Bin and Recycling Bin Sale

Here's your chance to turn your otherwise-wasted kitchen vegetable scraps and yard trimmings into a nutrient-rich soil amendment.  The Hancock County Planning Commission (HCPC) is hosting a backyard composting bin and recycling bin sale. A home compost bin and how-to guide with a combined retail value of $100 can be purchased for only $48 (tax included).  The bin is black and is made of 100% recycled plastic.  It's approximately 35" high and 33" wide, or large enough for a family of five.  View the compost bin here.

We also have available recycling bins.   The 18-gallon curbside recycling containers are an effective way for households to collect their recyclable materials. They are blue and are partially made from recycled materials.  The bins are 16.25’’ wide, 25.75" long and 14.5’’ tall. They weigh 5 pounds and are rated for an 80 pound payload.  Two molded-in handles on ends allow for easy lifting of containers.  They cost $9 each.  View the recycling bin here.
Supplies are limited and currently in stock.   Checks and cash are accepted

Contact Sheri Walsh at 667-7131 or by e-mail at swalsh@hcpcme.org to learn more. Items are available for pick M-F 8-4:30 while supplies last.   When we all work together to increase our recycling, decrease our contribution to outside landfills, and nourish our lawns and gardens in the process, the whole community benefits!

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.

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 opened over 8.5 miles of 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
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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