The following position statements incorporate the concept of Smart Growth Principles:
• Create range of housing opportunities and choices;
• Create walkable neighborhoods;
• Encourage community and stakeholder collaboration;
• Foster distinctive, attractive communities with a strong sense of place;
• Make development decisions predictable, fair and cost effective;
• Mix land uses;
• Preserve open space, farmland, natural beauty and critical environmental areas;
• Provide a variety of transportation choices;
• Strengthen and direct development towards existing communities; and
• Take advantage of compact building design.
An up-to-the-minute study needs to be conducted that identifies the actual scope of specific housing needs (for all income levels including transitional units, subsidized rentals, workforce housing and affordable homes for purchase) district by district.
Land Use Laws
The Land Use Laws for the County and State continue to be poorly understood and actually are quite confusing. This lack of clarity is used by all sides in the public debate about land use but in the end is a significant cause of complaints about the County/Planning Department and about the development community.
University of Hawaii - Kona
A decade ago, the
Hawaii perceived the need for higher education in West Hawaii when its Board of Regents reviewed detailed plans and selected a 500-acre State-owned parcel in North Kona for a permanent facility.
We are an island community that has faced significant growth over the past two decades and anticipates similar growth trends in the future. As we plan for our future, due consideration of advancing new technologies will achieve desired results in transportation, communication systems, sources and transmission of utilities, and waste disposal and recycling.
New Hospital in West Hawaii
The existing facility, Kona Community Hospital, is now almost 35 years old and is poorly located given the change in population center and future plans for urban expansion all north of Palani Rd .
Saddle Road is an important cross-island link. Up until the mid-1900's no real attempt had been made to improve the roadway beyond its original path built during World War II. . .
The Island of Hawaii has a unique geographical makeup with its "Five Mountains," two of which reach almost 14,000 ft and with its possibility (island wide) of localized very heavy rainfall.
Basic Shelter and Need for Housing
Shelter is one of the three basic needs of mankind. A significant portion of our ohana have need for the most basic, shelter. They are often struggling with . . .
Crime and Law Enforcement
For many years West Hawaii law enforcement has been underfunded, undermanned, and criminal activity has continued unabated. This has resulted in the loss of many experienced senior officers, longer response times . . .
GMO's for Crops That Grow on the Big Island
KKCC understands that the science associated with Genetic Modification of Plant Organisms has become an emotional issue with some good reason and rationale on both sides.
Community Development Planning
The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce has supported the community development planning process (in Kona and now also in the Kohala District) from its inception and continues to do so.
When it comes to education, states aren't making the grade. That's the conclusion of the latest state-by-state assessment of K-12 education systems conducted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and . . .
isolated island community more in touch with its natural environment, citizens
of Hawaii County are becoming more acutely aware
of the implications of climate change.