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Environmental Planning Office
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 for further review
Standard comments are provided by most environmental programs, and are intended to
help developers to better prepare land use planning documents such as an Environmental
Assessment (EA), Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), or permit applications. The Standard
comments are meant to provide developers with a full picture of potential comments for
their proposed projects.
Standard comments relating to Environmental Health programs are available for review below.
All state agencies are guided by two statewide planning
documents. The Hawaii State Planning Act is a broad policy document that sets the table for all
activities, programs, and decisions made by local and state agencies. The New Day Comprehensive Plan
outlines the Administration’s priorities. More information on these documents and other Hawaii planning
issues can be found here.
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).
The OEQC publishes ‘The Environmental Notice’ which details Environmental Assessments (EA) and
Environmental Impact Statements
(EIS) under public review. All this and more can be found at the
The DOH Environmental Health Administration (EHA) is an advocate for sustainability.
EHA wants to ensure that residents and visitors
of Hawaii continue to enjoy the benefits of clean and safe air, water and buildings.
EHA references many sustainability sources
including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Green Building Council and others.
EHA is guided in part by the EPA’s Clean Water and Drinking Water Infrastructure Sustainability
Policy that can be found
The U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through
cost-efficient and energy-saving green
buildings. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is redefining the way we think
about the places where we live,
work and learn. As an internationally recognized mark of excellence, LEED provides building
owners and operators with a framework
for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction,
operations, and maintenance solutions.
To find out more visit by clicking here.
Green infrastructure is an approach in which communities choose to use vegetation and soil to
manage rainwater where it falls.
It provides flood mitigation, stormwater and air management. More information on green
infrastructure can be found
Other Resources include:
If you do not have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer,
you need to install it before you can view and print the downloadable
pdf files. The Acrobat Reader is free and can be downloaded to your
computer by clicking here:
If you have any questions, please
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Last update: 10 April 2013