Open House Exhibits Seek Public Input on Downtown Hilo Plan

Hawaii County News:

A public series of displays and open houses designed for the public to participate in the Five-year Action Plan Update for EnVision Downtown Hilo 2025: A Community-Based Vision and Living Action Plan (EDH 2025) continues today at the Hilo Public Library Lanai.

In addition to the Action Plan Update, a series of draft illustrations produced by local artist Charles Snyder, which reflect how Downtown Hilo could look in the year 2025, will be on display.

The Vision Concept and Action Plan Update displays will be available for viewing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow, and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Hilo Public Library Lanai.

They will again be available for viewing in the County Aupuni Complex General Lobby, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan 20.

On Friday, January 15, 6:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. EDH 2025 team members will be present to answer questions in the Hilo Palace Theater Lobby. Team members also will be present to answer questions at the Hilo Farmers Market (Craft section, along Mamo Street, mauka of Punahoa Street), 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on January 16.

Information, surveys, and space for written public comments will be available at the display sites.

A draft of the newly redesigned Action Plan Matrix was unveiled at the second EDH 2025 Town Meeting in September 2008.  Since then, the EDH 2025 VisionKeepers and the Planning Department have conducted considerable outreach with implementation partners to refine and update strategies and actions in the plan.

The “Vision Concept” enhances the written EDH 2025 Plan by providing a visual representation of actions in the plan.  The eye-catching illustrations inspire dialogue and further the formation of collaborative partnerships. The public is invited to view the illustrations and offer feedback to help craft the final Vision Concept.

For more information, please email edh2025@gmail.com, or call 961-8133.

EnVision Downtown Hilo 2025 is a grassroots community planning and implementation process in collaboration with the County of Hawai‘i Planning Department.  For further information, visit the EnVision Downtown Hilo 2025 Website at www.co.hawaii.hi.us/edh2025.

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