Skip to content. | Skip to navigation

Personal tools

You are here: Home / Ka'u CDP / What's the next step with the CDP?

What's the next step with the CDP?

Next Steps

On October 27, 2015, the CDP Steering Committee made final recommendations for CDP revisions and adoption.  These revisions were based on the March-June 2015 public review and comment on the Draft CDPSummaries of the feedback received are available in the "CDP Input" section of this website.

In early 2016, a wide range of public agencies were invited to review and comment on the CDP.  After reviewing agency comment, the Planning Director is recommending non-substantive amendments to the CDP.  The April 2017 Kau Community Development Plan reflects those recommendations.

On April 20, 2017, the Planning Director submitted his recommendations to the Windward Planning Commission.  The Windward Planning Commission held two public hearings: May 10, 2017 at the Na'alehu Community Center and June 1, 2017 at the County of Hawai'i Aupuni Center Conference Room.  On June 1, 2017 the Planning Commission voted unanimously in favor of transmitting the Ka'u CDP with its recommendation to the County Council. 

On Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 2:00pm at the West Hawai'i Civic Center - Council Chambers, Building A the Ka'ū CDP went before County Council Planning Committee for the first time. Bill 52 which adopts the Ka'ū CDP was then considered for passage to the full County Council upon the first reading. This decision was postponed to be discussed at a future County Council Planning Committee meeting.

On Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 9:00am at the Hilo County Building Council Chambers, the Ka'ū CDP was heard once again by the Council Planning Committee for passage to the full County Council. A vote was taken and the motion passed, Bill 52 would be heard at the next County Council meeting.

On Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 9:00am at the West Hawai'i Civic Center County Council Chambers the full County Council heard Bill 52. After much discussion, they passed Bill 52 on its first reading. The next process would be to hear the Bill one last time for its second reading before the final decision would be made.

On Thursday, October 4, 2017, 9:00am at the Hilo County Building Council Chambers, the Ka'ū CDP was heard by full County Council for its second reading. After a heated discussion, Bill 52 passed its second reading and the adoption of the Ka'ū Community Development Plan was agreed upon and recommended by County Council.

The County Council meetings are all available in video format for public access on the County Council website - they may not be available immediately following the date of the meeting. The Steering Committee minutes (when posted) are available here.

All of the listed meetings on this page were open to the public and provided opportunities for public testimony.

On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, Hawai'i County Mayor Harry Kim signed the ordinance adopting the Ka'ū Community Development Plan into law.

Next steps include:

Stay tuned for more information. After the Action Committee is appointed, the Ka'ū CDP Action Committee meeting schedule will begin. If you are on the mailing list, you will receive notification when the meeting has been planned.


The CDP Planning Process

See the project timeline for an illustration of the CDP phases and steps.  A 5-minute orientation video and presentation slides are also available.

Based on thousands of “talk story” and survey comments from community members, the Steering Committee first adopted a foundational Values and Vision Statement.  Next, building both on available data and local knowledge documented at two Community Summits, a baseline Community Profile was drafted.  Using those two pillars, the Steering Committee then adopted Community Objectives focused on natural resources, community character, and the local economy. 

Using the background analysis in Appendix V4 of the draft CDP, the Planning Team explored alternative strategies to include in the initial draft of the CDP.  All of the background analysis and exploration of alternative strategies was focused on achieving the objectives adopted by the Steering Committee.

During the fall of 2014, the Steering Committee reviewed the preliminary "working draft" of the CDP, made revisions before affirming that is was ready for community review, and provided guidance on how best to facilitate community review of the draft CDP.


We are currently in the process of migrating this website to the main Planning Department site.
Information on this site may not be up to date.
Please go to our official new website here for more information.

Please contact us at if you have any questions.

Mahalo for your patience and understanding!