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Harry Kim <br />Mayor <br />Wil Okabe <br />Managing Director <br />West Hawaii Office <br />74-5044 Ane Keohokrilole Hwy <br />Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740 <br />Phone(808)323-4770 <br />Fax (808) 327-3563 <br />10511105 tl AIW 1 iM_I <br />July 5, 2019 <br />County of Hawaii <br />PLANNING DEPARTMENT <br />TO: Community Development Plan Action Committee Members <br />FROM: Michael Yee, Planning Director y�� <br />SUBJECT: Community Development Plan Action Committee Meetings <br />Aloha Members of CDP Action Committees, <br />Michael Yee <br />Director <br />Duane Kanuha <br />Deputy Director <br />East Hawaii Office <br />101 Pauahi Street, Suite 3 <br />Hilo, Hawaii 96720 <br />Phone (808) 961-8288 <br />Fax (808) 961-8742 <br />As you are aware, the Planning Department is launching the public review phase of the draft <br />General Plan Comprehensive Review this summer. This phase will involve large public events <br />in Hilo, Waimea, Kona, and Nd'dlehu, as well as additional smaller events held in various <br />locations around the island. <br />Due to the extensive amount of time needed to prepare, conduct, and process the input received <br />from these engagement events, and due to the already limited Planning Department staff time <br />and resources, a reallocation of staff time is necessary to complete this phase of the General Plan <br />Comprehensive Review process. We also anticipate initiating a revamp to the CDP planning <br />program in 2020, and reorganizing staff resources will help us launch a more efficient, effective, <br />and collaborative community planning program to implement the CDPs. <br />Because of this ongoing effort, staff will have limited time to administer to Action Committee <br />meetings this summer and fall, and some adjustments will need to be made to the regular <br />meeting schedule. Only Action Committees with pressing business items will hold meetings <br />during this time period. During the public review phase of the draft General Plan, your main role <br />as Action Committee members is to participate in these community events and assist in enlisting <br />public participation and feedback for the draft General Plan. <br />This does not mean you have to reduce your participation in other CDP efforts. Community <br />groups and subcommittees may meet as often as they wish, and this change allows you extra <br />time and flexibility to work on your CDP priorities. It's also a good opportunity to focus on <br />building or strengthening community networks and grassroots initiatives to make progress on <br />your established priorities. <br />I would like to thank all Action Committee members for their diligent community service and <br />cooperation in working with the Planning Department in implementing the various CDPs. <br /> Hmvai'i County is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer planningra_�hawaiicountv_xov <br />