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COUNTY OF HAWAII PLANNING DEPARTMENT <br />HAMAKUA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PLAN <br />BACKGROUND REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION <br />INITIATOR: PLANNING DIRECTOR <br />RECOMMENDATION <br />The Planning Director recommends that the Windward Planning Commission send a favorable <br />recommendation to the Hawai'i County Council for adoption by ordinance of the Hamakua Community <br />Development Plan (CDP), as presented in Planning Department (P.D.) Exhibit 1, incorporating revisions <br />to the draft recommended by the Planning Director and reviewed by the Hamakua CDP Steering <br />Committee. <br />CONTEXT <br />The General Plan (2005 edition, as amended) establishes the County's CDP program to create a <br />framework for regional planning that provides residents and other stakeholders the opportunity to <br />actively participate in planning for their communities. CDPs are adopted by ordinance. <br />The Hamakua CDP is an excellent example of collaborative planning among community, consultant, and <br />County partners. It is firmly grounded in the community's objectives and has been vetted by a diverse <br />array of stakeholders at each step. It was also developed with practicality and clarity in mind, using <br />existing planning "tools" whenever possible, proposing new tools when appropriate, and structured to <br />expedite implementation. <br />The Windward Planning Commission and the County Council are encouraged to carefully consider the <br />planning process that developed this plan when contemplating any revisions. Perhaps most <br />importantly, before proposing revisions to any CDP strategy, review the rationale behind that strategy in <br />CDP Appendix 5 (P.D. Exhibit 2). This approach would be most consistent with how issues have been <br />addressed throughout the CDP process — by focusing on community objectives, accurate information, <br />and good analysis. <br />PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES <br />The Hamakua CDP planning process built on the strengths and lessons -learned from the first round of <br />CDPs adopted in 2008. Specifically, it: <br />■ Used many communication channels: Stakeholders were engaged via mail, local newspapers, <br />neighborhood newsletters, bulletin boards, email, a web site, social media, video, tours, talk story <br />sessions, small group meetings, committee meetings, regional workshops, topic -focus discussions, <br />and speak -outs. <br />■ Built on shared community values, vision, and goals: Those were the foundation and drivers of the <br />planning process. They were developed based on unprecedented, representative community input, <br />and they were used to evaluate the quality of the CDP. <br />■ Balanced perspectives: "Community" is never homogenous, so the volunteer, community-based CDP <br />Steering Committee was diverse, and many community sectors and interests were engaged. <br />