Land Use Planning Review

The Environmental Planning Office (EPO) closed effective May 2, 2018.  Due to federal EPA funding reductions, the office is no longer providing services.  The information posted here will temporarily remain in place for public reference.  Please contact the appropriate Environmental Health Administration branches and offices directly.  Contact information may be found at DOHEHA.LandUseContactList.20220606.pdf.


T his program coordinates Departmental reviews for development projects with potential environmental impacts.  It also evaluates mitigating measures in order to implement environmental policies and standards at the earliest stages of the planning process for projects statewide.  Generally, a land use project is first reviewed by the Environmental Planning Office Manager, then forwarded to the appropriate Environmental Health programs and District Offices for further review and comment.

Standard comments are provided by most environmental programs, and are intended to help applicants, consultants and agencies to better prepare land use planning documents, such as an Environmental Assessment (EA), Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), or permit application.  This provides land use organizations with a full picture of potential comments for their proposed projects.  Standard comments relating to Environmental Health programs are available for review below.

Island-specific standard comments are issued from the District Health Offices (DHOs):


The DOH Environmental Health Administration (EHA) is an advocate for sustainability.  EHA intends to insure the benefits of a clean environment for Hawaii residents and visitors alike.  This means safeguarding ample supplies of clean drinking water, beaches and streams that are safe to swim in, outdoor and indoor air that is healthy, and food that is safe to eat.

The Office of Environmental Quality Control (OEQC) was established in 1970 to help stimulate, expand, and coordinate efforts to maintain the optimum quality of the State’s environment.  OEQC implements Chapter 343 of the Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS), which sets forth the Hawaii Environmental Policy Act (HEPA). The OEQC publishes ‘The Environmental Notice’ which details the Environmental Assessments (EA) and Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) under public review.

The Hawaii State Physical Activity and Nutrition Plan, 2013 -2020 (State PAN Plan 2020) was developed by the Chronic Disease Management Branch within the Hawaii DOH.  The PAN Plan describes strategies to increase physical activity and healthy eating, with long-term goals of reducing chronic diseases, such as obesity.

Other Resources

State of Hawaii:

Dept. of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT), Office of Planning (OP)

Department of Land and Natural Resources

Department of Transportation

University of  Hawaii


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

U.S. Department of Transportation



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“Mōhala i ka wai ka maka o ka pua.”

Flowers thrive where there is water, as thriving people are found where living conditions are good.


Last update: 08/02/2021 (links to standard comments only) & 06/06/2022 (first paragraph only)