Jim Hayes

Jim Hayes

Jim Hayes is the President and Principal Environmental Planner at Planning Solutions, Inc.  He has well over two decades of experience in various environmental fields, primarily in Hawaiʻi but also the West Coast.  Mr. Hayes has served as project manager and/or lead author of numerous environmental studies, principally on Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Statements that comply with HRS Chapter 343 and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).  He has had extensive experience with federal-aid projects that require compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act, Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, and other federal regulations.  He has worked on highway, transit, high speed rail, energy, scientific research, artificial reef, storm water, utility, and other infrastructure projects.    

His professional expertise includes:

  • Environmental Impact Analysis

  • Alternative Analysis and Feasibility Studies

  • Land Use Permits

  • NHPA Section 106 Reviews/Consultation

  • Habitat Conservation Plans

  • ESA Section 7 Reviews

  • Emergency Response Projects

  • Hazardous Materials Issues

  • Geology and Hydrogeolog

mr. hayes' educational credentials consist of:

  • B.S., Earth and Planetary Sciences, Washington University (in St. Louis)

  • B.A., International Development, Washington University (in St. Louis)

His work experience, starting from the most recent, includes:

  • President & Principal Environmental Planner, Planning Solutions, Inc., Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

  • Senior Supervising Planner, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc., Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

  • Environmental Manager, Brewer Environmental Industries, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

  • Environmental Scientist, McCully Frick & Gilman, Inc., San Francisco, California

  • Peace Corps Volunteer, Iloilo Province, Philippines

Selected projects in which mr. hayes has had a principal role, include:

  • Kauaʻi Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) Long-Term Seabird Habitat Conservation Plan; HCP and EIS

  • Land Authorizations for Long-Term Continuation of Astronomy on Maunakea; EIS

  • Nu‘uanu-Lulumahu Recreational Plan, Honolulu; Phase 1 Conceptual Plan

  • Honouliuli Wastewater Treatment Plant Biogas Project, Honolulu; EA

  • Midway Seabird Protection Project, Midway Atoll; EA and Biological Assessment

  • Various Stream Channel Improvements, Honolulu; CWA Section 404/401 permitting  

  • Various Potable Water Wells, Hawai‘i Island; EAs and permitting

  • Mānā Plain Surface/Irrigation Water Management, Kaua‘i; permitting approach and MOA

  • Potable Water Pipeline Permitting, Moloka‘i; CWA Section 404/401 and NPDES

  • Hawaiian Electric Waiau and Kahe Generating Stations Non-Character Altering Projects; EAs and SMAs

  • Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) Observatory, Maunakea; EIS, CDUP, and contested case

  • Interstate Route H-1 Rehabilitation, Middle Street to Vicinity of Ward Avenue; EA and Noise Variance

  • Kamehameha Highway Realignment, Vicinity of Laniākea Beach; EA and Task Force

  • California High Speed Rail; assessment of impacts associated with hazmat, geology, and paleontology

  • Emergency Repair of State Highways, multiple locations; Federal-aid reviews and permits

  • Honolulu High-Capacity Transit Corridor Project; EIS, SMA, and other permits

  • Carthaginian Artificial Reef, West Maui; EIS and CDUP