Puna CDP Adopts Guidelines, Mission Statement

From the Mayors Office:

The month-old Puna Community Development Plan Action Committee adopted operating guidelines, defined its mission and began preparing to identify and prioritize actions ripe for implementation at its second meeting held Friday, Dec. 18, at the Kea’au Community Center.

The eight appointed members present divided themselves into four standing sub-committees on transportation, growth management, mālama i ka ‘āina (land stewardship), and budget & finance.  The sub-committees will be the workhorses of the Action Committee, facilitating greater progress between meetings without violating Sunshine Laws.  By opening membership to interested community members, the sub-committees are expected to serve as a primary means of continued and expanding community participation in the Puna CDP effort.

While finalizing their operating guidelines, members made it clear they want to be notified of any significant land use applications in their district, despite the fact that Hawai‘i County Code limits the committee’s role to an advisory body that may be requested to review and comment on pending permit applications.

Committee members also asked for and will receive land use educational training from the Planning Department on Dec. 29.  The informational workshop will cover land use and coastal zone management.

Adopted operating guidelines establish a regular meeting schedule every third Thursday from 3-6 p.m. at the Kea’au Community Center.  Public testimony procedures were revised to allow three-minutes-per-person comments on any agenda item at the start of the meeting or prior to the item being discussed.

Adopted Mission Statement:

“We, the Action Committee for the Puna Community Development Plan, will be faithful stewards of the Vision ”Malama Puna a Mau Loa: live forever in harmony with the land of Puna.”  We will assure the integrity of the Puna CDP, pledge to foster its implementation, be faithful to the determinations of the Puna community, regularly, articulate prioritize, and promote PCDP action projects, promote community participation in implementation of projects, strengthen community awareness of the PCDP, honor and preserve the diversity of our community, and we will be loyal to the mandate of the Hawai‘i County Charter and to the intent of the County General Plan.  We encourage all members of the Puna community to become engaged in this commitment.”

Persons interested in joining sub-committees are encouraged to use the contact information posted at www.punacdp.info. The next Action Committee meeting is Thursday, January 21.

For more information, call Rachelle Ley, Community Planning Assistant, 937-3217. or email rachellepunacdp@gmail.com.

2 Responses

  1. Aloha
    I am following the PCDP closely and appreciate Damon’s coverage. I would suggest that readers watch what is happening with CDPs in other districts too.

    I am also following the Dist 5 race blog. Because all CDPs must be adopted by ordinance, all three Hawaii County Councilmembers holding office to hopefully represent Puna should all be looked at carefully. Will you be examining the other two races?

    I recognize that the focus of this blog seems to be Pahoa, but as a Puna resident I can’t accept the political gerrymandering inflicted on Puna residents.I feel unity with all of Puna. When former Mayor Harry Kim gated the road between Ainaloa and Hawaiian Acres his action hurt upper and lower Puna and was another manifestation of the artificial divisions imposed by Hawai`i officials on residents of Puna. I think all Puna residents need to pull together for candidates that represent Puna, especially if we want the PCDP to work for Puna residents.
    a hui hou
    Bob

    • I will be posting other polls in the future for other races. I myself posted the poll just to see where folks are thinking early on in the stage.

      I will be closing the current poll and releasing the exact numbers. I will be posting future District 5 Polls that will have a clean start again as folks tend to change their minds about candidates along the way and as political views are shared amongst others.

      I’m not following the PCDP as closely as I’d like to, however, I am watching the process and frustrated that it doesn’t seem like Puna really gets heard most of the time.

      I myself think Mayor Kenoi has done a fairly good job in bringing a bit more attention to Puna then the Mayor Kim administration. For what it’s worth… I was a Pilago supporter during the election.

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