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Please go to http://www.kauai.gov/OpenSpaceSurvey to make suggestions for lands or property entitlements (like access ways) that the County should consider for purchase or to otherwise acquire as part of the County’s Open Space Program (pursuant to Chapter 6, Article 14 of the County of Kauai Charter). Alternatively, you can print and fill out the Open Space Survey PDF form and email it. Mahalo!

 

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Kauai voters in December 2002 approved an amendment to the County Charter that established the “PUBLIC ACCESS, OPEN SPACE AND NATURAL RESOURCES PRESERVATION FUND” and stipulated that each year a minimum of one half of one percent (0.5%)of the County's certified real property taxes would be deposited into the fund.

 

Ordinance 812, created in December 2003, as the charter amendment directed, the County Council enacted to establish procedures for the administration and priorities for the expenditure of the fund. The ordinance also established a nine-member advisory commission, the "Public Access, Open Space, and Natural Resources Preservation Fund Commission," and attached it administratively to the Planning Department.

 

MEMBERS: Commission correspondence may be sent to:
   
Joseph Figaroa, Chair Public Access, Open Space & Natural Resources
Patrick Gegen, Vice Chair Preservation Fund Commission
Randall Blake c/o County of Kauai Planning Department
Theodore Blake 4444 Rice Street, Suite A473
Linda Dela Cruz Lihue, HI  96766
Luke Evslin

 

Dorothea Hayashi Email:  openspace@kauai.gov
Maurice Nakahara

 

Karen Ono

 

 

The charter amendment further specified that the fund would be used to acquire lands or property entitlements for the following purposes:

  1. Outdoor recreation and education, including access to beaches and mountains; and
  2. Preserving of cultural and historic sites; and
  3. Protecting habitats or ecosystems; and
  4. Preserving forests, beaches, coastal areas, and agricultural lands; and
  5. Protecting watershed lands; and
  6. Conserving land to reduce erosion and runoff; and
  7. Improving access to public land and open space; and
  8. Acquiring access to public land and open space; and
  9. Conserving land for open space and scenic values.

Ordinance 936 effective December 2012 increased the County's certified real property taxes revenues from one half of one percent (0.05%) to one and one half percent (1.5%) effective July 1, 2013.

 

Ordinance 925 - effective April 2012 aimed to better align the authorities provided by the Ordinance and that of County Council and the people of Kauai.

 

 

The Commission and Planning Department are charged with the task of developing an biennial list of recommended priorities of lands or property entitlements to be acquired or for the funding of projects directly related to the act, and to incorporate a countywide community input process into development of this biennial list.

 

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Open Space Commission reports submitted to the County Council include recommendations for improving public access, open space, and natural resources preservation on Kauai. These reports are available for download in the "Documents" panel below.

 

The amendment to the County Charter, along with passage of Ordinance 812, 925 and 936 expresses Kauai residents’ desire that the island’s special heritage sites and experiences will be preserved, the environment protected, and recreation and access opportunities for all of the people will be enhanced and protected for all time.

 

     
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April 24, 2014 Open Space Commission Agenda

Agenda for the 4/24/14 meeting of the Open Space Commission.

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April 10, 2014 Open Space Commission Agenda

Agenda for the 4/10/14 meeting of the Open Space Commission.

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March 27, 2013 Open Space Commission Agenda

Agenda for the 3/27/14 meeting of the Open Space Commission.

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March 13, 2014 Open Space Commission Agenda

Agenda for the March 13, 2014 meeting of the Open Space Commission.

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February 27, 2014

Agenda for the 2/27/14 meeting of the Open Space Commission.

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January 23, 2014 Open Space Commission Agenda

Agenda for the 1/23/14 meeting of the Open Space Commission.

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January 9, 2014 Open Space Commission Agenda

Agenda for the 1/9/14 meeting of the Open Space Commission.

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December 4, 2013 Open Space Commission Agenda

Agenda for the 12/4/13 meeting of the Open Space Commission.

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November 13, 2013 Open Space Commission Agenda

Agenda for the 11/13/13 meeting of the Open Space Commission.

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November 6, 2013 Open Space Commission Agenda

Agenda for the 11/6/13 meeting of the Open Space Commission.

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October 24, 2013 Open Space Commission Agenda

Agenda for the 10/24/13 meeting of the Open Space Commission.

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October 10, 2013 Open Space Commission Agenda

Agenda for the 10/10/13 meeting of the Open Space Commission.

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September 26, 2013 Open Space Commission Agenda

September 12, 2013 Open Space Commission Agenda

Agenda for the 9/12/13 meeting of the Open Space Commission.

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August 8, 2013 Open Space Commission Agenda

Agenda for the 8/08/13 meeting of the Open Space Commission.

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July 25, 2013 Open Space Commission Agenda

Agenda for the 7/25/13 meeting of the Open Space Commission.

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July 11, 2013 Open Space Commission Agenda

Agenda for the 7/11/13 meeting of the Open Space Commission.

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June 27, 2013 Open Space Commission Agenda

Agenda for the 6/27/13 meeting of the Open Space Commission.

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June 13, 2013 Open Space Commission Agenda

Agenda for the 6/13/13 meeting of the Open Space Commission.

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May 23, 2013 Open Space Commission Agenda

Agenda for the 5/23/13 meeting of the Open Space Commission.

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February 27, 2014 Open Space Commission Minutes

Minutes approved by the Open Space Commission on March 13, 2014.

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January 23, 2014 Open Space Commission Minutes

Minutes approved by the Open Space Commission on 2/27/14.

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January 9, 2014 Open Space Commission Minutes

Minutes approved by the Open Space Commission on 2/27/14.

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December 4, 2013 Open Space Commission Minutes

Minutes approved by the Open Space Commission on 2/27/14.

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November 13, 2013

Minutes approved by the Open Space Commission on December 4, 2013.

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October 10, 2013 Open Space Commission Minutes

Minutes approved by the Open Space Commission on December 4, 2013.

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September 26, 2013 Open Space Commission Minutes

Minutes approved by the Open Space Commission on October 24, 2013.

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September 12, 2013 Open Space Commission Minutes

Minutes approved by the Open Space Commission on October 10, 2013.

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August 8, 2013 Open Space Commission Minutes

Minutes approved by the Open Space Commission on 9/26/13.

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July 25, 2013 Open Space Commission Minutes

Minutes approved by the Open Space Commission on 9/26/13.

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July 11, 2013 Open Space Commission Minutes

Minutes approved by the Open Space Commission on August 8, 2013.

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June 27, 2013 Open Space Commission Minutes

Minutes approved by the Open Space Commission on August 8, 2013.

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June 13, 2013 Open Space Commission Minutes

Minutes approved by the Open Space Commission on June 27, 2013.

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Documents on this page are provided on the County of Kauai website for informational purpose only. The official document may be obtained at the Planning Department office.