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The Planning Process

The League of Women Voters of Honolulu believes that planning for the City and County of Honolulu should include the following steps:

  1. A statement of objectives and policies to guide the development of Oahu. The objectives and policies should embrace population size and distribution; and social, economic, environmental and physical factors and their interrelationships.

  2. A physical development plan or plans for Oahu, made within the framework of the objectives and policies, and which shows how the objectives and policies will be carried out. It should deal With elements of physical planning, such as: location of future areas of industry, housing, and resort development, major educational and recreational areas, open space, and agriculture, etc.; mass transit modes and routes, location of highways, pots, airports; water, drainage, and waste disposal systems; power-generating and transmission facilities.

Land Use Regulation

The objectives and policies guiding the development of Oahu should be translated into workable development controls. For example, population capacity and densities permitted by zoning should be based on the population objectives set forth in the General Plan or area development plans.

  1. Citywide land use regulation should be consistent with planning, as set forth in area development plans and the General plan.

  2. Special area controls, such as historic-cultural-scenic districts, special design districts, and planned developments can be useful adjuncts but are not a substitute for underlying zoning.

Public Participation in Planning

  1. Government should provide for and encourage citizen input at all stages of the planning process by doing such things as:

    1. Making pertinent material, relevant data, and alternatives available to the public for study and response.
    2. Holding public meeting, workshops, and hearings early enough in the process so that citizen input can be effectively incorporated into the plan. Sending adequate notice to interested citizens and organizations.

  2. Adequate funding for citizen information and participation should be included in every planning program. Money should be budgeted for the printing and distribution of materials, and for the conduct of public meetings conveniently located and timed for the attendance of interested citizens.

Revised March 1986

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