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.
- Clean Air Branch (CAB) [as of August 24, 2015]
- Clean Water Branch (CWB) [as of May 10, 2018]
- Hazard Evaluation & Emergency Response (HEER) Office [as of August 2, 2021]
- Indoor and Radiological Health Branch (IRHB) [as of May 2012]
- Safe Drinking Water Branch (SDWB) [as of November 27, 2020]
- Solid & Hazardous Waste Branch (SHWB) [as of November 26, 2018]
- Wastewater Branch (WWB) [as of August 24, 2015]
Island-specific standard comments are issued from the District Health Offices (DHOs):
- DHO on Hawaii Island [revised January 2010]:
- DHO-Wastewater Branch Hawaii [as of September 19, 2012]
- DHO on Maui:
- DHO-Sanitation Branch Maui [as of October 29, 2015]
- DHO on Kauai [uploaded October 29, 2015]
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.
- Physical Activity & Nutrition – Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion Division
- Hawaii Physical Activity and Nutrition Plan, 2013-2020
State of Hawaii:
Dept. of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT), Office of Planning (OP)
- Office of Planning Homepage
- Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Plan (CELCP)
- A Participant’s Guide to the Special Management Area (SMA) Permit Process in the State of Hawaii
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)
- Sustainability and Climate Change Resilience
- Step It Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities (09/09/2015)
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Healthy Places
- Physical Activity
- Healthy Community Design Checklist Toolkit
- Transportation and Health Tool
- The Built Environmental Assessment Tool
U.S. Department of Transportation
- American Public Health Association (APHA) – Healthy Community Design
- Plan for Health Toolkits
- AARP Livable Communities
- American Planning Association (APA)
- International Well Building Standard
- Smart Growth America
- STAR Communities
- U.S. Green Building Council
- Urban Land Institute (ULI)
- World Health Organization
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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)