SSFM Receives APA’s Highest Award

for Comprehensive Planning

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SSFM’s Kaua’i’s 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.

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SSFM Turns 60

2019 marks six decades of practice for SSFM. We share our birthday with the State of Hawaii. We both came into being in August 1959. Through six decades, our continuing success has always been rooted in our island home.

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The sunset view from Koko Head towards Hanauma Bay and Honolulu illuminates the essence of our island homes and our professional world – the built and natural environments where land and ocean meet.

The sunset view from Koko Head towards Hanauma Bay and Honolulu illuminates the essence of our island homes and our professional world – the built and natural environments where land and ocean meet.

SSFM International is a professional consulting firm providing planning, project management, construction management, civil engineering, structural engineering, traffic engineering, and strategic services.

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

The American Planning Association has selected the General Plan Update for the County of Kaua’i as the recipient of the 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 Kaua’i General Plan. Mandated by the County’s, the plan establishes strategies for the future development of the Island with policies for zoning, form-based coding, sustainable growth patterns, multi-modal transportation connectivity, recreational opportunities, economic development, conservation, green infrastructure, and other factors that will guide future growth and development.

SSFM’s commitment to service has never been more evident than in responding to the concurrent natural disasters that struck the Big Island of Hawaii last year. Beginning with the sudden eruption of the Kilauea Volcano, and a 6.9 magnitude earthquake, the volcanic activity lasted nearly 4 months and quickly became the most destructive in Hawaii’s recorded history. Communities in the southeast corner of the Island were slowly engulfed by the lava flow. Tremors and geological instability damaged numerous structures and made essential highways impassible.

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“Most gratifying is this recognition for a plan that truly engages the community,” explains Melissa White, Senior Planner and Associate at SSFM. “The county’s leadership was visionary in their understanding and support of the entire process.” A guiding 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 that include the following issues:

  • Shared visioning for the future
  • Caring for land, water and cultural resources
  • Developing a sustainable economic environment
  • Identifying the community’s most intrinsic and enduring characteristics
  • Enhancing existing towns and communities while providing for growth
  • Building quality public facilities and services
  • Improving housing choice, recreational and educational resources
  • Planning for Kauai’s future economic development

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.

Read more https://www.planning.org/awards/2019/kauai/

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

The American Planning Association has selected the General Plan Update for the County of Kaua’i as the recipient of the 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 Kaua’i General Plan. Mandated by the County’s, the plan establishes strategies for the future development of the Island with policies for zoning, form-based coding, sustainable growth patterns, multi-modal transportation connectivity, recreational opportunities, economic development, conservation, green infrastructure, and other factors that will guide future growth and development.

More / Less

“Most gratifying is this recognition for a plan that truly engages the community,” explains Melissa White, Senior Planner and Associate at SSFM. “The county’s leadership was visionary in their understanding and support of the entire process.” A guiding 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 that include the following issues:

  • Shared visioning for the future
  • Caring for land, water and cultural resources
  • Developing a sustainable economic environment
  • Identifying the community’s most intrinsic and enduring characteristics
  • Enhancing existing towns and communities while providing for growth
  • Building quality public facilities and services
  • Improving housing choice, recreational and educational resources
  • Planning for Kauai’s future economic development

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.

Read more https://www.planning.org/awards/2019/kauai/