American Planning Association recognizes Kauai County General Plan


Community visioning charrettes were held in communities across the island to discuss the Kauai County General Plan.  

A Hawaiian county earned an illustrious accolade from the American Planning Association for its initiative to drive growth while acknowledging the cultural heritage of the island it calls home, according to a recent press release.

Kauai County joins three cities on the contiguous U.S. and the Canadian city of Vancouver as 2019 National Planning Excellence Recipients. Hawaii’s smallest county garnered the “Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan” for the Kauai County General Plan.

The APA’s National Awards Program has been in existence for more than 50 years. The current group of winners are recognized for "superb work in comprehensive planning, urban design, transportation planning, resilience, public outreach, economic development planning, environmental planning and more."

The two-tiered awards are selected through a juried process. Five recipients were selected to receive the National Planning Excellence Awards, the highest honor, while 20 were named Achievement Award winners for their efforts in areas of specialization within the planning profession.

“This year’s award recipients demonstrate how planning helps create communities that offer access and opportunity for all,” said Wendy Shabay, AICP, 2019 Awards jury chair. “Planning is vital to keep communities thriving and to ensure quality of life for residents.”

A little more than four years in the making, the Kauai County's General Plan was approved by the county council in February last year and signed into law by Mayor Bernard Carvalho on March 15, 2018.

“The General Plan is based on the community’s vision and goals for Kauaʻi’s future: that Kauaʻi will be a sustainable island, a unique and beautiful place, a healthy and resilient people, and an equitable place with opportunity for all,” reads a statement on a website run by the county’s planning department. “The manaʻo of thousands of residents, community leaders, elected officials, business owners, and landowners on Kauaʻi helped cultivate this General Plan’s vision, goals, policies, and actions.”

All award recipients were to be recognized during APA’s National Planning Conference at a special awards luncheon on Monday, April 15 in San Francisco.

Find out more about each of the 2019 award recipients at planning.org/awards/2019.

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