The Planning Division establishes, promotes, and implements long-range planning programs for Honolulu which reflect the community's values, priorities, and visions for the future. It is responsible for maintaining, evaluating, and updating the Oahu General Plan, the eight regional Development Plans and Sustainable Communities Plans, Special Area Plans, Neighborhood Transit Oriented Development Plans, Neighborhood Master Plans, and with assistance, the eight regional Watershed Management Plans.
The Planning Division also provides research and statistical information related to Oahu's population, land use, and employment; projects future land use and socio-economic conditions for Oahu's regions, sub-regions, and traffic analysis zones; and prepares the Annual Report on the Status of Land Use on Oahu
In addition, the Planning Division accepts and processes applications for State Land Use District Boundary Amendments (involving 15 acres or less), State Special Use Permits, and Zone Changes; and monitors compliance with Unilateral Agreement conditions, including affordable housing requirements, which are adopted as part of zone change approvals.
OAHU GENERAL PLAN
The General Plan sets forth the long-range objectives and policies for the general welfare, providing a framework to guide the programs and activities of the City and County of Honolulu.
DEVELOPMENT PLANS AND SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES PLANS
Together with the General Plan, these eight regional plans provide a vision and implementing policies and guidelines to guide land use and infrastructure decisions to a planning horizon of 20 to 25 years and beyond for each of the eight Development Plan or Sustainable Communities Plan areas.
NEIGHBORHOOD TRANSIT-ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT PLANS
As the Honolulu Rail Transit project moves ahead, these TOD studies anticipate and plan for growth and change around the transit stations.
SPECIAL AREA PLANS
Community plans give residents the opportunity to define their vision, identity and character, consistent with their regional Development or Sustainable Communities plan.
WATERSHED MANAGEMENT PLANS - With the assistance of the Board of Water Supply and the State Commission on Water Resource Management, the Department is preparing regional watershed management plans to provide long range guidance for the protection and management of water resources on Oahu, as required by the State Water Code.
LAND USE APPLICATIONS
Updated December 18, 2013