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County of Hawai‘i <br />PLANNING DEPARTMENT <br />KONA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PLAN <br />ACTION COMMITTEE <br />Michael Yee <br />Director <br />Daryn Arai <br />Deputy Director <br />Harry Kim <br />Mayor <br />East Hawai‘i Office <br />101 Pauahi Street, Suite 3 <br />Hilo, Hawai‘i 96720 <br />Phone (808) 961-8288 <br />Fax (808) 961-8742 <br />West Hawai‘i Office <br />74-5044 Ane Keohokālole Hwy <br />Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i 96740 <br />Phone (808) 323-4770 <br />Fax (808) 327-3563 <br />March 5, 2018 <br />Mr. Michael Yee, Director <br />Planning Department <br />County of Hawaii <br />Dear Mr. Yee: <br />SUBJECT: Allotment of funds for preparation of a Kona CDP Open Space Network Plan and <br />Program; CIP Appropriation no. 5596.57 <br />The Kona CDP Action Committee (Action Committee) requests that the Planning Director seek and <br />obtain an allotment of funds in the amount of $195,000 for CIP appropriation item no. 5596.57 to <br />contract with a consultant to develop the Kona Open Space Network (OSN) Plan and Program. The <br />Action Committee asks that such Plan and Program be prepared in keeping with the OSN vision, goals <br />and recommended actions for plan development set forth in the attached “Kona Open Space Network <br />Subcommittee Report” and affirmed by the Action Committee on February 21, 2018. <br />This allotment of funds and contracting for plan preparation will carry out the Kona CDP Objective ENV-2 <br />Open Space Network, Policy ENV-2.1 Open Space Network Program, and specifically Action ENV-2.1a: <br />Budget and hire consultant to prepare [the] Open Space Network Program. <br />At its February 21, 2018 meeting, the Action Committee was advised by a representative of the Mayor’s <br />office that all or nearly all of such allotment may be available from the current fund balance in the <br />County’s restricted funds account for “fair share” contributions allocated for parks and recreation <br />related projects in North Kona. <br />The Open Space Network is a crucial, indispensable part of achieving the Kona CDP’s vision for compact <br />urban growth being thoughtfully, respectfully and functionally integrated with our natural environment <br />in this rapidly growing region of the County. Your leadership in obtaining this requested fund allotment, <br />and contracting a consultant with the allotted funds as soon as practicable, is vital for the ultimate <br />success of the Kona CDP in realizing compact, environmentally sensitive urban growth. <br />Sincerely, <br />CHARLES YOUNG, Chair <br />Communication No. 2018-10