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Introduction to the Steering Committee

Information about the roles and responsibilities of the Ka`u CDP Steering Committee

Chapter 15 of the Hawaii County General Plan indicates that each CDP shall have a Steering Committee composed of volunteer members appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the County Council.  The members shall be broadly representative of the planning area, and as an official County Board, the Steering Committee is subject to the State and County (see Section 13-20 of the Charter) Sunshine Laws.  The Steering Committee shall work with the Planning Department and with any professional consultants contracted to assist in the preparation of the plan.  When the CDP is completed, the Steering Committee recommends approval of the CDP to initiate the adoption process.

Rather than advocate on behalf of particular interests or perspectives, Steering Committee members’ job is to listen carefully to their fellow community members and help to craft a CDP that the community truly "owns."  The primary responsibility of the Ka`u CDP Steering Committee, therefore, is to make sure the CDP truly reflects the will of the community.  In that capacity, the principal roles of the Steering Committee include:

  • Help the County and its consultants tailor the planning process to the unique characteristics of Ka`u and its stakeholders
  • Promote the planning process within various sectors of the community to maximize participation while maintaining a neutral, approachable posture in the community
  • Monitor the development of the CDP to ensure that the best interests of the Ka`u region as a whole are incorporated
  • Recommend approval of the CDP
  • Recommend amendments to the General Plan if the Steering Committee decides such amendments are needed to implement the CDP.

The selection process was completed in early April 2009 for eleven Steering Committee members.  The Steering Committee terminates upon adoption of the CDP by the County Council.  Donna Ambrose resigned from the Steering Committee for personal reasons.

The Steering Committee meets as needed on the second Tuesday of the month, starting at 5:30pm.  In accordance with the County and State Sunshine Laws, written public notice of any regular or special meetings shall be filed in the Office of the County Clerk for public inspection at least six calendar days before the meeting and, when possible, will also be publicized via project updates, at, and via the project email announcements list.

Public participation in Steering Committee meetings is encouraged.  The Steering Committee shall afford all interested persons an opportunity to submit data, views, or written testimony on any agenda item and shall afford all interested persons an opportunity to speak on any agenda item.

For more information about the Steering Committee, see "Roles, Responsibilties, and Procedural Guidelines".


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