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<br />Communication No. 2017-14 <br />Harry Kim Michael Yee <br />Mayor Director <br /> <br />Daryn Arai <br />Deputy Director <br /> <br /> <br />East Hawai‘i Office <br />West Hawai‘i Office <br /> <br /> <br />101 Pauahi Street, Suite 3 <br />74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy <br /> Hilo, Hawai‘i 96720 <br />Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i 96740 <br />County of Hawai‘i <br />Phone (808) 961-8288 <br />Phone (808) 323-4770 <br />PLANNING DEPARTMENT <br />Fax (808) 961-8742 <br />Fax (808) 327-3563 <br />PUNA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PLAN – <br />ACTION COMMITTEE <br /> <br />September 12, 2017 <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />Charmaine L. Kamaka <br />Parks & Recreation Director <br />Department of Parks and Recreation <br />101 Pauahi Street, Suite 6 <br />Hilo, Hawai‘i 96720 <br /> <br />SUBJECT: Administrative Rules for Farmer’s Market Operations at County Parks and <br />Facilities <br /> <br />Aloha Director Kamaka, <br /> <br />Mahalo for your July 3, 2017 letter in response to our request for specific information regarding <br />the permitting of Farmer’s Market operations within Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) <br />managed sites or facilities. Your answers to our questions and your comments regarding the <br />challenges that must be considered before permitting such operations were discussed at length by <br />the Puna Community Development Plan Action Committee (PCDP AC) at our July 11, 2017 <br />meeting. <br />It was the general consensus of the AC members present that the absence of administrative rules <br />providing clear guidance to DPR staff and the public on 1) the permit application process, 2) <br />minimum qualification criteria for both site and applicant approval and 3) operational standards <br />designed to reasonably mitigate any challenges to the DPR and the general public is problematic <br />for both DPR (Directors and staff) and the general public, especially potential permit applicants, <br />towards the goal of establishing Farmer’s Markets at those County parks and facilities managed <br />by DPR. <br />Therefore, the PCDP AC encourages DPR to develop and establish administrative rules in <br />accordance with Chapter 91, HRS, for the purpose of: <br />1. Defining “Farmer’s Market” consistent with its reference in Chapter 15, HCC; <br />2. Establishing minimum criteria for County park or other DPR managed facility suitability <br />for the operation of a Farmer’s Market; <br />3. Establishing minimum criteria for Farmer’s Market permit applicants to qualify for <br />approval; and <br />4. Establishing a Farmer’s Market Permit application and review process that would <br />minimize the currently confusing and subjective process. <br /> Hawai`i County is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer <br /> <br /> <br />