Bay, Watershed and Shoreland Assessment and Planning
The Hancock County Planning Commission (HCPC) has received U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funding to continue assessments of potential brownfields sites in Hancock County. We are using grant funds to hire an environmental professional to determine if a site has contamination problems. The grant will also be used to prepare site clean-up plans. This makes a property safe for reuse. If you know of a potential site in your town, please contact Tom Martin for details. More ...
The Hancock County Planning Commission (HCPC) will assist towns in Hancock County to prepare policies for reducing green house gas emissions and accommodating climate change. We are working with Maine state agencies and local organizations for climate change prevention and preparedness.
The Hancock County Planning Commission (HCPC) will assist towns in Hancock County to prepare policies for protecting the night sky from light pollution. We worked with the Island Astronomy Institute and Maine state agencies to prepare model ordinances and technical assistance documents for night sky preservation. More ...
The HCPC helps Hancock County towns in evaluating energy alternatives, including:
Floodplains and Flood Hazard Areas
The Hancock County Planning Commission assists towns in identifying low-impact development alternatives, including stormwater management strategies that reflect increased intensity of storm events due to climate change. More ...
The Hancock County Planning Commission (HCPC) and Washington County Council of Governments prepared an inventory of key scenic and historic views as seen from public places in down east coastal towns. This inventory is a major opportunity to identify key scenic views. The results are useful to communities for updating comprehensive plans, preparing grant applications, creating village improvement strategies, and tourism promotion as well as developing land protection strategies. The inventory is published in print and online with maps, photographs and recommendations. More ...
Soil Analysis for Agriculture, Conservation and Development
HCPC can provide GIS maps indicating soil types, suitability for development and environmental risk in addition to physical conditions such as slope and flooding. Overlays with parcel maps, water bodies and transportation corridors also available. For detailed soil analysis, contact the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Hancock County soil maps are posted on our website here...
The Hancock County Planning Commission (HCPC) will assist towns in Hancock County to prepare policies for meeting stormwater management goals. Increased in precipitation, storm surges and challenges to water quality require a new look at critical transportation, energy and drainage infrastructure.
Waste, Composting and Recycling Services
HCPC provides an array of solid waste services to towns in Hancock County. We work with local officials to evaluate and improve transfer station and recycling center management. Future services will be contingent on funding.
HCPC staff can:
Water Quality and Waste Disposal
HCPC provides several water quality services. These include:
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