Applicants Sought for Puna Community Development Plan Action Committee

The County of Hawai’i Planning Department is seeking qualified applicants to fill upcoming openings on the Puna Community Development Plan Action Committee this December due to the expiration of three of the nine seats on the committee.
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The Action Committee is a working committee whose purpose is to serve as a proactive, community based steward of the plan’s implementation and update. Action Committee members are expected to attend monthly meetings, meet with supporting partners, and serve as a source for promoting and sharing information about the CDP to individuals and community groups. Members may also be asked to participate in training workshops and or retreats, help organize and attend public involvement meetings, workshops and or charettes, and to execute the duties and responsibilities prescribed in Section 16-6 of the Hawai’i County Code.
Action Committee members should be community-minded and contribute to the variety of knowledge, attitudes, skills and life experiences necessary to represent a broad cross-section of the Puna population. Qualified applicants must be residents of the Puna CDP planning area, which includes the entire district of Puna and the Volcano Golf Course community of Kaʻu. Appointments are for four-year terms.
An application form can be downloaded from the Hawaiʻi County website at http://www.hawaiicountycdp.info/puna-cdp/puna-cdp-action-committee-application or picked up at the Mayor’s Office located at 25 Aupuni Street in Hilo.
For more information contact Larry Brown at (808) 961-8135 or lbrown@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Pahoa Town Community Meetings – The Pahoa Plan

The Pahoa Regional Town Center Steering Committee and Working Groups will host the second in a series of Pahoa Town community meetings updating area residents on the progress of the Pahoa Plan effort which was launched in March of this year.

An extension of the Puna Community Development Plan, the Pahoa Plan is a community-inspired and community-created growth management plan specifically for Pahoa.  The upcoming public meeting will be held at the Pahoa Neighborhood/Community Center on Tuesday, October 23rd from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.  The results from the Pahoa Survey and the Pahoa Town property owner questionnaire will be discussed and an optional interactive poll will be available to those attending the meeting.  Your attendance and participation is important as the planning for Pahoa moves forward.  All members of the planning group for the Pahoa Plan are volunteers from our community.   For more information, please contact PahoaPlan@gmail.com

Department of Transportation Meeting Tonight – Puna Makai Alternate Route (PMAR) to be Discussed

Hawaii Department of Transportation officials along with local politicians will be meeting at the Keaau Elementary School cafeteria tonight at 5:30 to discuss the Puna Makai Alternate Route (PMAR) project and other state road projects that are happening on the island.

Puna Makai Alternate Route

At a meeting last night at Pahoa Community Center, Senator Gilbert Kahele passed out literature with the powerpoint presentation that will be presented and went over it with some of the folks that were in attendance.

One of my main concerns of course is Highway 130 and if we can get the PMAR approved, it will definitely lighten traffic on H-130 and at least give folks an alternate route and an emergency route to go when H130 is blocked off for what ever reason may be.

Three Seats Available on the Puna Community Development Plan Action Committee

Media Release:

The terms for three of the current members of the Puna Community Development Project (CDP) Action Committee will be expiring this November.  As part of the County of Hawaii’s effort to make sure those three seats are filled in a timely manner with members of the Puna community that will be able to contribute to fulfilling the roles and responsibilities of the Action Committee, the Planning Department is asking for assistance in encouraging viable candidates from the Puna district to submit an application for appointment. Attached is a blank application for appointment to the Puna CDP Action Committee. All applications and/or nominations must be submitted (hand delivered or postmarked) to the Planning Department by 4:30PM September 1, 2011.

PCDP Action Committee Application

Puna CDP Meeting Thursday

Media Release:

The public is invited to attend the Puna CDP Action Committee monthly meeting on Thursday, February 18, 2010, 3-6 p.m. at the Kea‘au Community Center.

Agenda topics include an update from Bill Walter of W.H. Shipman, LTD. on the status of the Kea‘au Town Conceptual Master Plan, amendments and other plans that W.H. Shipman may have in place for its lands in Puna.

Subcommittees of the Action Committee will provide status updates on their recent activities and the Action Committee will commence its review and discussion of the proposed amendments to the Puna CDP that have been received to date.  Click on the following link to view the meeting agenda:   http://tinyurl.com/yz2d7fd

The Action Committee is looking for volunteers to participate in the various subcommittees that were recently established:  Amendments, Budget & Finance, Malama I Ka ‘Āina, Transportation, and Managing Growth.  In addition, the Managing Growth Subcommittee has formed the following working groups:  Agriculture & Economic, Social Services, Public Safety, Parks & Recreation, and Energy Sustainability.

Additional information on the subcommittees and working groups, go to www.punacdp.info or call Rachelle Ley, 937-3217.

Puna CDP Application Process Reopened

Media Release

The County of Hawai‘i Planning Department has reopened the application acceptance period for the Puna Community Development Plan Action Committee. The deadline to submit an application is 4:30 p.m., September 4, 2009.

Anyone that has previously submitted an application through the Planning Department or the Mayor’s Office do not need to resubmit their application. Applications can be downloaded at www.punacdp.info or picked up at the Planning Department, 101 Pauahi Street, Suite 3, Hilo.

Nine volunteers are being sought by the County of Hawaii Planning Department to serve on the Puna Community Development Plan Action Committee. The Action Committee will serve as a proactive, community based steward of the plan’s implementation and update.

Volunteers who serve on the Puna Community Development Plan Action Committee will be asked to attend monthly meetings, meet with supporting partners, participate in training workshops and or retreats, help organize and attend public involvement meetings, workshops and or charettes, and serve as a source for promoting and sharing information about the Puna Community Development Plan with individuals and community groups.

Interested persons will be required to submit an application to the Planning Department. From the total pool of applications submitted since the initial application acceptance period began in October 2008, a sufficient number will be selected using pre-determined selection criteria to be interviewed by an Applicant Review Committee. The review committee will recommend nine applicants for appointment to the Action Committee. The nine nominees shall then be approved by the Planning Director and referred to the Mayor for appointment and confirmed by the County Council.

“We want community-minded individuals who can bring a wealth of knowledge, have a positive attitude and are willing to share their skills and life experiences with others,” said Larry Brown, Puna CDP Project Manager.)

The Puna Community Development Plan was the first of six plans initiated by the County of Hawaii Planning Department, as prescribed by the General Plan, to be adopted by ordinance. The General Plan is an broad planning document for the Island of Hawaii, while the Community Development Plans are district specific, allowing for more detailed planning efforts and ongoing community involvement.

For information, contact Larry Brown, 961-8135 (lbrown@co.hawaii.hi.us), or Rachelle Ley, 937-3217 (RachellePunaCDP@gmail.com).