DATE: June 8, 2005

Next Striking a Balance Forum Scheduled for Thursday, June 30

The Hancock County Planning Commission has scheduled the third forum of the Striking a Balance forum series for Thursday, June 30, 2005 from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. at the VFW Hall on the Washington Junction Road in Ellsworth. Striking a Balance is an on-going forum series related to subdivision development and personal property rights in Hancock County. Topics covered in this forum, the third of the series, are related to the development of land use ordinances and site plan review. A $17 registration fee includes materials for the workshop and refreshments.

The forum is open to the public and is expected to be especially useful for planning board members, municipal officials, code enforcement officers, those involved in the development industry, and real estate agents. Partners in this endeavor include the Downeast Resource Conservation and Development Council, Gouldsboro Planning Board, and the Union River Watershed Coalition.

To register or request more information, contact the HCPC at 667-7131, or

Registration form to follow to each recipient of email. Town Managers please copy and distribute to planning board members and Code Enforcement Officers.

Subdivision Development and Personal Property Rights:
Striking a Balance in Hancock County

Thursday, June 30, 2005
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
VFW Hall - Ellsworth


5:00 Registration – Refreshments

6:00 Welcome & Introduction
Ray Jones, Gouldsboro Planning Board and Hancock County Planning Commission Executive Board

6:10 The Hancock County Planning Commission Experience
Tom Martin, Hancock County Planning Commission (HCPC) Executive Director

6:30 Ellsworth City Tools of the Trade & A Look at Regional Impacts of Ellsworth’s Growth and Development
Michele Gagnon, City of Ellsworth Planner

7:10 Legal Considerations in Ordinance Development and Site Plan Review
Edmond Bearor, Esq., Rudman and Winchell, LLC
James Patterson, Esq., Patterson Law Office

8:15 Questions/General Discussion

8:45 Evaluations & Adjourn

Striking a Balance is made possible, in part, by funds from the Maine State Planning Office, a grant from the Maine Community Foundation, and generous donation from Bar Harbor Banking and Trust. An extension of the Planning for Prosperity Initiative, the series is a cooperative effort of the Hancock County Planning Commission, Down East Resource Conservation and Development Council, Union River Watershed Coalition and Gouldsboro Planning Board.