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New Charter Planning Provisions to Be Implemented

After months of study, a program to revise the General Plan and Development Plans has been drafted by planning consultant John Whalen of Lacayo Planning, Inc. for the City's Planning Department. It will be reviewed 5/21 by the Advisory Committee appointed after the revised Planning and Land Utilization charters of the City Charter were adopted last November.

The Committee includes two League members (Astrid Monson & Robert Crone), a representative from Hawaii's Thousand Friends, a Neighborhood Board Chairman, five representatives from development interests, and three from planning and architectural firms. It met six times and reviewed the planning systems of San Diego, Portland, Fort Collins, Broward County (Fl.) and Howard County.

During the Advisory Committee's review, problems in the present planning system and opportunities for change were identified. On the basis of interviews with many individuals and organizations involved in the preparation and administration of the Development Plans, a number of recommendations were made by the consultant on General Plan Revision, Development Plans Revision, Special Area Plans, Public Facilities and Capital Improvement Program Planning, and Review and Amendment Procedures. Included were a transition schedule, measures for greater public involvement, and funding and staff support recommendations.

League has long advocated that the planning process be shifted from a project-by-project review of developer's requested D.P. amendments to comprehensive planning. This was embodied in the Charter revisions which are being implemented in the recommendations being reviewed by the Advisory Committee for adoption.

Astrid Monson
Chair, P&Z Committee

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