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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:

HCPC is temporarily operating without staff as we rebuild our organization. Questions may be directed to Rod Franzius, Chair at rodfranz@myfairpoint.net.


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HCPC Seeks Executive Director

The Hancock County Planning Commission (HCPC) is seeking a new Executive Director to replace a long time employee who has retired. This position is vital in the rebuilding of the organization and the successful applicant will divide their time between administrative duties and providing planning services to clients, partners and other funding entities. It is an exciting time to redefine the delivery of planning services within Hancock County. More...

In Memory of PlannerJames E (Jef) Fitzgerald 1959 - 2020

Jef Fitzgerald Planner
Jef in Meeting

Late City Planner Shaped Plans, Trail Ellsworth American (April 22, 2020)

You can follow us on twitter, at @HCPCME.

Maine Office of Geographic information Systems Aerial Imagery

The Maine Office of GIS has published documents and interactive maps showing off the results of the GeoLibraries orthoimagery programs. Hancock County was "flown" in 2005 and again in 2014. The next proposed aerial imagery flight is planned for 2020. As in past years, all if the county participates towns will receive a basic level of image quality (18" pixels), which will be better than in past years. Towns are invited to pay for higher resolution imagery and more detailed analysis. Click here to see the proposed price list for 2020.

If you are interested in having your community participate in acquisition of three or six inch pixel resolution mapping the last tab in the web page has an interactive map with pricing. Call HCPC to discuss the costs and benefits of enhanced aerial imagery.

How resilient is your town to floods?

We would like to work with Hancock County towns on a rapid assessment of flood hazards and resiliency plans. We will provide maps, analysis and we will work with towns to complete a Flood Resilience Checklist and develop alternative adaptation strategies. Please click here if you would like to learn more about this program. There is no charge for participating.

Heart Health: It's a Walk in the Park!

We are excited about the launch of our new initiative, which maps heart-healthy 30-minute walks around Hancock County! We hope these resources will make it easier for residents to incorporate a bit of cardiovascular activity into their daily routines.
Click to check out the project website, or the Facebook page. You might also see one of our posters or map cards in your town office. Share the links and help us get the word out. We hope you will try out one of these great walks, and let us know what you think!

Grants for Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Projects

DEP is inviting proposals for projects to help communities implement a watershed-based plan to restore impaired water bodies or protect threatened streams or marine waters that are named on DEP’s Nonpoint Priority Watersheds List.

A copy of the RFP, as well as the Question & Answer Summary and all amendments related to this RFP, can be obtained at the following website: http://www.maine.gov/purchases/venbid/rfp.shtml.

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension program has put together a handy resource for farmers, gardeners, and landowners experiencing the negative impacts of drought. Click here to check it out!

Miss the annual Household Hazardous Waste collection event? Here are some other ideas for safely disposing of household hazardous waste. If you need to dispose of paint, find a collection site near you at www.paintcare.org.


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HCPC, 395 State Street, Ellsworth, ME 04605
Voice: (207) 667-7131 Fax: (207) 667-2099
EMail: rodfranz@myfairpoint.net Map to HCPC - Twitter feed @HCPCME

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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