The county Public Access, Open Space and Natural Resources Preservation Commission, commonly referred to as PONC, is inviting the public to submit suggestion forms for properties to be included in its annual prioritized list and report to Mayor Billy Kenoi.
These suggestion forms can be downloaded from hawaiicountymayor.com/wp-conte… or by obtaining a form at the Property Management Division, County Building on 25 Aupuni Street, Suite 1101.
Completed forms can be mailed or e-mailed to the addresses listed on the form.
Suggestion forms are due June 28, 2013.
Past purchases, which total nearly 1,000 acres have included the Waipio Lookout in Hamakua; Kawa oceanfront parcels in Ka‘u; Kaiholena and Paoo oceanfront parcels in North Kohala; and the Kingman property (across Magic Sands Beach) in Kona.
PONC funds are generated from 2 percent of Hawaii County’s annual real property tax revenues.
There are nine PONC commissioners that represent each of the nine County Council districts on Hawaii Island. These commissioners meet every other month rotating between the Hilo County Building and West Hawaii Civic Center.
Public testimony is allowed during each meeting. Commissioners review the current submittals and consider the significant factors of each property that may include historic and culturally important features; public outdoor recreation and education; public access to beaches or mountains; preservation of forests, beaches, coastal areas, and natural beauty; protection of natural resources and watershed lands; and the general benefits to the public.
The potential acquisitions are then prioritized and the list and accompanying report is sent to the mayor at the end of the calendar year. The mayor then forwards his recommendations to the council where resolutions are passed to purchase the properties.
For further information, contact Alexandra Kelepolo of the county Property Management Division at 961-8069 or visit: www.hawaiicounty.gov/boards-an…