The ESC is dedicated to extensive community involvement in order to gain a better understanding of how communities want to grow and evolve. For the Kona Community Development Plan, extensive community involvement included four public meetings and workshops, and over 100 smaller visioning meetings. At the first workshop ("Where Do We Grow?") participants were asked the fundamental question of "how much land shall we consume?" by allocating "chips" on a map that represented the development footprint required to accommodate future population growth.