If you wish to serve on any of these Boards or Commissions,
you may apply by using this form. Mahalo!
The Arborist Advisory Committee
This committee identifies and protects exceptional trees on the Big Island.
- To research, prepare and recommend to the council exceptional trees to be protected by County ordinance or regulation.
- To advise property owners relative to the preservation and enhancement of exceptional trees.
- To recommend to the council appropriate protective ordinance, regulations and procedures.
- To review all actions deemed by the council to endanger exceptional trees.
The Board of Appeals
The Board of Appeals meets and exercises its powers in any part of the County of Hawaii. Except as provided by law, all of its meetings are open to the public. BOA addresses any petition appealing the decisions by the Planning Director in the enforcement of Zoning and other Planning codes, the Chief Engineer in the enforcement of building codes, and decisions by the Planning Commission. You may access transcripts from prior actions.
The Windward and Leeward Planning Commissions
The two Planning Commissions, consisting of members appointed from within each judicial district, advise the Mayor, County Council, and the Planning Director on land-use matters pursuant to law and the Hawai’i County Charter. This includes review and recommendation of amendments to the General Plan; adoption of, or amendments to, Community Development Plans; changes of zone; and amendments to the Zoning and Subdivision Codes. They also review and may act upon other land use applications such as Special Permits and Special Management Area Use Permits. These Commissions conduct public hearings at least once per month and are one of the most active and important boards in County government.
Community Development Plan (CDP) Action Committees
The County CDPs are action-oriented. The process is focused to result in practical and pragmatic implementation; where possible, small actions are acknowledged and implemented concurrently while the plan is being developed. (See more about CDPs under Community Planning.) The Action Committees for each CDP clearly sorts out the implementing actions to identify:
- Land use amendment requirements
- Other regulatory changes
- Budgetary items
- Community implementation actions
Kailua Village Design Commission (KVDC)
The KVDC reviews and makes recommendations to the Planning Director on proposed projects within the Kailua Village Special District that require Plan Approval. These approvals must occur prior to Building Permit approval.