A Message From the Chapter President - Fall 2018

It’s hard to believe that the holidays are upon us and 2018 has nearly come to a close.  I’d like to thank members of our Executive Committee and all of our volunteers for their hard work over the past year.  We’re an all-volunteer organization and rely on the generosity of members to dedicate time and effort to support the Chapter.  Welcome to our new Chapter Treasurer, Jeff Seastrom, who will be taking over for Michael Shibata, and congratulations to Matt Gonser who was re-elected to another term as Director-at-large.   I hope that you all have a safe and happy holiday season!

APA Planning Home

We’re all aware that housing affordability and availability is an issue of concern in Hawaii.  What you may not be aware is the extent to which housing affordability challenges have spread to communities across the country.  To help address housing challenges, earlier this year APA launched “Planning Home”, an organization wide initiative aimed to reshape the way planning is used to address the housing affordability crisis.  A key aspect of APA’s Planning Home agenda is that collaboration among legislators, developers, residents, advocates, and planners is necessary to address our housing challenges.  When you have a moment, visit the Planning Home website at planning.org/home to learn more about this initiative.  I’ll be working with our Executive Committee to see how we may be able to implement the initiative locally.

Chapter Reports

As part of APA National’s new chapter performance reporting requirements, we’ll soon be distributing a chapter annual report and financial report to members highlighting the chapter’s activities, accomplishments, and financial status.  I think you’ll see that the chapter’s officers and committees were quite busy over the year not just maintaining, but enhancing services to members.  You’ll also see that that the financial state of the chapter is healthy.  Over the course of several years, we’ve managed to accrue a reserve and we’re considering ways to equitably redistribute funds to members.  This past year we subsidized rates for the chapter’s annual meeting and planning director’s forum as a means of redistributing funds, and we’ll be looking at similar ways to give back to the membership in the coming year.

5-Year Chapter Development Plan

At its December meeting , the Executive Committee voted to adopt a Development Plan that will guide the chapter’s activities over the next five years.  Our chapter has typically adopted annual work plans, and this development plan establishes long-term goals for member services, efficient operation of the chapter, and recognition of the planning profession.   The plan will be posted on our website for reference by members. Special thanks to Ralph Portmore and George Atta for leading this effort.