Environmental regulations govern virtually all phases of development. New and changing laws and regulations promise to make future development decisions even more complex and demanding. HHF Planners has great respect for the natural and built environments and is expert in analyzing the consequences of development proposals. The firm provides a diverse range of environmental planning services, including:

  • Identifying applicable requirements and project timelines early in the planning process
  • Scoping and managing environmental and engineering technical studies
  • Preparing required environmental documents
  • Evaluating alternative planning and regulatory approaches to avoid unnecessary delays or pitfalls
  • Meeting with key government personnel
  • Establishing public participation programs, including community advisory committees

HHF has extensive experience in guiding projects through the environmental review process and expertise in preparing and processing of a wide range of environmental documents and reports, including:

  • Federal NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act), EA (Environmental Assessment) and EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) documents
  • State and local environmental assessments and impact reports/statements
  • National Historic Preservation Act and Endangered Species Act consultations
  • Natural and cultural resources integrated management plans
  • Visual impact studies and modeling
  • Federal environmental compliance documents, including Essential Fish Habitat Assessment, Coastal Zone Management Act Consistency Determination, and environmental reviews

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  • Environmental Planning Projects

    Wave Energy Test Site Environmental Assessment

    Hawai‘i has significant potential to generate electrical power from wave energy and HHF Planners (HHF) is assisting in bringing in a tide of renewable energy options for government and industry. HHF recently prepared a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Environmental Assessment (EA) for the U.S. Navy to establish a deep-water site to test various wave […]

    Makiki Baseyard Master Plan

    HHF Planners (HHF) completed a Master Plan for development of a Baseyard site in upper Makiki Valley to meet the current and projected needs of the Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW). This was accomplished in a manner sensitive to the site, budget, and mission of the agency. The plan includes a Resilience Assessment that […]

    Puakō Marine Education Center

    HHF assisted the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo with conceptual site planning, landscape design, and the acquisition of various State and County land use permit approvals required for the proposed marine education and research center at Puakō. Development of the proposed project on a 5-acre undeveloped site adjacent to Puakō Boat Ramp provides a permanent […]

    Kilo Wharf Expansion

    HHF Planners (HHF) prepared a NEPA EIS for the expansion of the existing ammunition wharf (Kilo Wharf) at Apra Harbor Naval Complex, Guam. The original wharf was inadequate to accommodate modern multi-purpose ships that replaced earlier ammunition ships that are permanently forward-deployed to Guam as well as transient ships that use the wharf. Due to its […]

    Kewalo Basin Improvements

    Working as a consultant to harbor engineers Moffatt & Nichol (M&N), HHF Planners (HHF) was responsible for preparing the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and managing applications for a Special Management Area (SMA) Use Permit and a Conservation District Use Permit (CDUP) for a range of improvements to the 22-acre Kewalo Basin. Now owned by the […]