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SSFM’s Kauai General Plan wins the
American Planning Association’s highest honor.

The American Planning Association has selected the General Plan Update for the County of Kauai, Kauai Kākou, as the recipient of the 2019 Daniel Burnham Award. APA’s Daniel Burnham Award is the most prestigious honor the organization bestows for excellence in comprehensive planning.

SSFM served as the Prime Consultant for the update of the Kauai General Plan. The General Plan is the guiding policy document for the County of Kauai, setting the island wide vision and goals, identifying Kauai’s unique qualities to be protected and preserved, and directing where and how growth should occur to ensure sustainability, resilience, and opportunity for all over the next twenty years. The project team deployed community engagement that sought widespread participation in developing a new General Plan framework consisting of a Vision statement, four overarching Goals, nineteen key Policies, 42 Objectives, and 607 Actions. The Plan was adopted by the Kauai County Council in 2018 and received the APA Hawaii Chapter’s 2018 Outstanding Planning Award.

Read more at: http://plankauai.com/
and https://www.planning.org/awards/2019/kauai/

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“We are proud to be recognized as part of the team that developed this plan. The process was particularly groundbreaking in the way that it engaged the community throughout its development. The resulting plan views the entire community as a partner in implementation of the vision for Kaua‘i’s future,” explains Melissa White, Senior Planner and Associate at SSFM. “The County’s leadership was visionary in understanding and addressing long-standing community issues head on, and developing an action-oriented framework to guide Kaua‘i in growing responsibly.” The theme of the plan is Kaua’i Kākou, a Hawaiian concept meaning “we’re all in this together.” The planning process embraced collaboration and partnerships among government agencies, civic leaders, non-profit groups and the community. To address residents’ concerns about transparency in implementation, the plan establishes a regular monitoring cycle with several feedback points, and it calls for the creation of the Kākou Committee, which convenes every two years to review the plan.

The General Plan Update addresses policy directions, ordinances, land use amendments, and prioritization of capital improvement projects in service of four goals:

  • A Sustainable Island: Growing responsibly to meet the needs of current and future generations without depleting resources.
  • A Unique and Beautiful Place: Stewardship and protection of the natural, cultural, social, and built environment assets that are of value to the community.
  • A Healthy and Resilient People: Increasing health, vitality, and resilience of communities through improving the natural, built, and social environment and responding to impacts from climate change.
  • An Equitable Place, with Opportunity for All: Fostering diverse and equitable communities with vibrant economies, access to jobs and housing, and a high quality of lift.

The American Planning Association provides leadership in the development of vital communities by advocating excellence in planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing members with the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change and to realize their mission of Creating Better Communities. The organization includes 42,000 members from 100+ countries. APA advances positive planning results through leadership in education, research, advocacy, and ethical practice.

April 2019

SSFM’s Kauai General Plan wins the American Planning Association’s highest honor.

The American Planning Association has selected the General Plan Update for the County of Kauai, Kauai Kākou, as the recipient of the 2019 Daniel Burnham Award. APA’s Daniel Burnham Award is the most prestigious honor the organization bestows for excellence in comprehensive planning.

SSFM served as the Prime Consultant for the update of the Kauai General Plan. The General Plan is the guiding policy document for the County of Kauai, setting the island wide vision and goals, identifying Kauai’s unique qualities to be protected and preserved, and directing where and how growth should occur to ensure sustainability, resilience, and opportunity for all over the next twenty years. The project team deployed community engagement that sought widespread participation in developing a new General Plan framework consisting of a Vision statement, four overarching Goals, nineteen key Policies, 42 Objectives, and 607 Actions. The Plan was adopted by the Kauai County Council in 2018 and received the APA Hawaii Chapter’s 2018 Outstanding Planning Award.

Read more at: http://plankauai.com/
and https://www.planning.org/awards/2019/kauai/

More / Less

“We are proud to be recognized as part of the team that developed this plan. The process was particularly groundbreaking in the way that it engaged the community throughout its development. The resulting plan views the entire community as a partner in implementation of the vision for Kaua‘i’s future,” explains Melissa White, Senior Planner and Associate at SSFM. “The County’s leadership was visionary in understanding and addressing long-standing community issues head on, and developing an action-oriented framework to guide Kaua‘i in growing responsibly.” The theme of the plan is Kaua’i Kākou, a Hawaiian concept meaning “we’re all in this together.” The planning process embraced collaboration and partnerships among government agencies, civic leaders, non-profit groups and the community. To address residents’ concerns about transparency in implementation, the plan establishes a regular monitoring cycle with several feedback points, and it calls for the creation of the Kākou Committee, which convenes every two years to review the plan.

The General Plan Update addresses policy directions, ordinances, land use amendments, and prioritization of capital improvement projects in service of four goals:

  • A Sustainable Island: Growing responsibly to meet the needs of current and future generations without depleting resources.
  • A Unique and Beautiful Place: Stewardship and protection of the natural, cultural, social, and built environment assets that are of value to the community.
  • A Healthy and Resilient People: Increasing health, vitality, and resilience of communities through improving the natural, built, and social environment and responding to impacts from climate change.
  • An Equitable Place, with Opportunity for All: Fostering diverse and equitable communities with vibrant economies, access to jobs and housing, and a high quality of lift.

The American Planning Association provides leadership in the development of vital communities by advocating excellence in planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing members with the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change and to realize their mission of Creating Better Communities. The organization includes 42,000 members from 100+ countries. APA advances positive planning results through leadership in education, research, advocacy, and ethical practice.

Renee Ishisaka, P.E., S.E., LEED AP is a structural and civil engineer in SSFM’s Hilo office. Renee has been with the firm for over a decade. She holds B.S and M.S degrees in civil engineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

April 2019

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