General Plan

paddling homeThe County of Hawaii’s General Plan (text) is the policy document for the long range comprehensive development of the Island and County of Hawai‘i. View as PDF (4.96MB).

The General Plan addresses a range of environmental, community, and economic issues to assure the coordinated development of the County and to promote the general welfare and prosperity of its people. The General Plan’s objectives, policies, and implementation actions are formulated on the basis of sound rationale, data, analyses, and input from State and County agencies and the general public.

Kea‘au LUPAG Map Amendment Public Workshops:  Public workshops will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 1, at Kea‘au Community Center and Wednesday, June 3, at West Hawai‘i Civic Center.  The workshops are related to the proposed amendment to Map 14 of the Land Use Pattern Allocation Guide (LUPAG) Map of the County of Hawai‘i General Plan.  The purpose of the workshops is to afford all interested persons a reasonable opportunity to provide comments on the proposed amendments.  More information, including the proposed amendment itself, are available here.

General Plan Comprehensive Review:  On February 6, 2015, the Planning Director initiated a comprehensive review of the General Plan. The general public has the opportunity to provide initial comments and suggestions to the Planning Director by June 6, 2015. Correspondence should be sent to Planning Department, County of Hawai‘i, 101 Pauahi St., Suite 3, Hilo, HI 96720 or by email to generalplan@hawaiicounty.gov.

The sequence of events for comprehensive review of the General Plan will generally be as follows:

  • Phase 1, Initial Input: February 6 – June 6, 2015
  • Phase 2, Planning Director Review of Input and Preparation of Recommended Amendments: approximately June 2015 – April 2017
  • Phase 3, Public Workshops and Public Review of Recommended Amendments, approximately May – July 2017
  • Phase 4, Planning Commission Public Hearings and Recommendations to Council, approximately August 2017 – January 2018
  • Phase 5, County Council Hearings, Readings, and Adoption: starting approximately February 2018.

Inquiries about the General Plan Comprehensive Review can be directed to generalplan@hawaiicounty.gov or 961-8137.