The plan is a laudable effort addressing issues that most citizens can agree on. In fact, at the unveiling of the draft plan on September 22, 2007, SMS Consulting reported that in its survey of
The state plan and county general plans are usually updated every ten years. Updates require community participation and input from the various state and county agencies. Plans adopted in the past have implicitly included “sustainability” concerns including protection of water and energy resources, alternative transportation, and limiting the impact of certain land uses by setting residential, open space, and higher intensity use boundaries.
Where will the 2050 plan fit in all this? Is it a process running alongside the Hawaii State Plan? Will it supersede what counties have adopted in their general and development plans for their specific communities? Will another regulatory board or agency be added to the panoply of regulatory bodies that already have authority to regulate land use in
Leadership in the legislative branches of state and local government will be vital in ensuring that an elegant, transparent, efficient process results and that the 2050 Plan is harmonized with the existing Hawaii state planning system.