Please go to the Open Space Survey 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!

Open Space Commission

scenic photo of HanaleiThe “PUBLIC ACCESS, OPEN SPACE AND NATURAL RESOURCES PRESERVATION FUND” each year receives a minimum of one half of one percent (0.5%)of the County's certified real property taxes 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.

Meeting Time/Location:  1:00pm, Meeting Room 2A/2B, 2nd Thursday of each month.  The public may attend the meeting via Zoom using the “Zoom link” that will be provided on the agenda for the meeting.  The Agenda for the meeting will be posted in accordance with HRS 92.


MEMBERS: Commission correspondence may be sent to:
Shaylyn Kimura, Chair Public Access, Open Space & Natural Resources
Nancy Kanna, Vice Chair
Preservation Fund Commission
Taryn Dizon c/o County of Kauai Planning Department
Jonathan Lucas 4444 Rice Street, Suite A473
Mark Ono Lihue, HI 96766
Robin Pratt
Mai Shintani  
Vacant (Anahola-Haena) Email: planningdepartment@kauai.gov
Vacant (Hanapepe-Eleele)
   


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

  1. Public outdoor recreation and education, including access to beaches and mountains; and
  2. Preservation of historic and culturally important land areas and sites; and
  3. Protection of significant habitats or ecosystems, including buffer zones; and
  4. Preserving forests, beaches, coastal areas, and agricultural lands; and
  5. Protecting watershed lands to preserve water quality and water supply; and
  6. Conserving land in order to reduce erosion, floods, landslides and runoff; and
  7. Improving public access to, and enjoyment of, public land and open space; and
  8. Acquiring public access to public land and open space; and
  9. Conserving land for open space and scenic values.

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, 936 and 986 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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Agendas


Friday, November 4, 2022
November 10, 2022 Agenda Packet

November 10, 2022 Agenda Packet


Thursday, November 3, 2022
November 10, 2022 Open Space Commission Agenda

November 10, 2022 Open Space Commission Agenda


Wednesday, October 12, 2022
Second Addition to the October 13, 2022 Open Space Commission

Second Addition to the October 13, 2022 Open Space Commission


Monday, October 10, 2022
First Addition to the October 13, 2022 Open Space Commission

First Addition to the October 13, 2022 Open Space Commission


Thursday, October 6, 2022
October 13, 2022 Agenda Packet

Agenda Packet for the October 13, 2022 Open Space Commission meeting.


Thursday, October 6, 2022
October 13, 2022 Open Space Commission Agenda

Agenda for the October 14, 2022 Open Space Commission meeting.


Thursday, July 7, 2022
July 14, 2022 Open Space Commission Agenda

Agenda for the July 14, 2022 Open Space Commission meeting.


Thursday, July 7, 2022
July 14, 2022 Agenda Packet

Agenda Packet for the July 14, 2022 Open Space Commission meeting.


Friday, June 3, 2022
June 9, 2022 Open Space Commission Agenda

Agenda for the June 9, 2022 Open Space Commission Meeting.


Friday, June 3, 2022
June 9, 2022 Agenda Packet

Agenda Packet for the June 9, 2022 Open Space Commission meeting.


Friday, February 4, 2022
February 10, 2022 Open Space Commission Agenda

Agenda for the February 10, 2022 Open Space Commission meeting. 


Thursday, January 6, 2022
January 13, 2022 Open Space Commission Agenda

Agenda for the January 13, 2022 meeting of the Open Space Commission


Thursday, January 6, 2022
January 13, 2022 Open Space Commission Agenda

Agenda for the January 13, 2022 Open Space Commission meeting.


Thursday, October 7, 2021
October 14, 2021 Open Space Commission Agenda

Teleconference Meeting Agenda of the Open Space Commission


Wednesday, February 10, 2021
February 11, 2021 Open Space Commission 2nd Addendum to Agenda

2nd Addendum to Agenda Packet


Tuesday, February 9, 2021
February 11, 2021 Open Space Commission Addendum to Agenda Packet

Addendum to Febraury 11, 2021 Agenda


Thursday, February 4, 2021
February 11, 2021 Open Space Commission Packet

Packet for the Febuary 11, 2021 Open Space Commission Teleconference.


Thursday, February 4, 2021
February 11, 2021 Open Space Commission Agenda

Teleconference Meeting Agenda of the Open Space Commission

Minutes


Friday, November 18, 2022
October 13, 2022 Open Space Draft Minutes

October 13, 2022 Open Space Draft Minutes


Thursday, November 10, 2022
July 14, 2022 Open Space Draft Minutes

July 14, 2022 Open Space Draft Minutes


Wednesday, June 29, 2022
June 9, 2022 Open Space Commission Minutes

Minutes approved by the Open Space Commission.


Wednesday, March 16, 2022
February 10, 2022 Open Space Commission Minutes

Minutes approved by the Open Space Commission on 6/9/22.


Friday, January 28, 2022
January 13, 2022 Open Space Commission Minutes

Minutes apprpoved by the Opace Commission on 2/10/22.


Friday, January 14, 2022
October 14, 2021 Open Space Commission Minutes

Minutes approved by the Open Space Commission on 1-14-22.


Wednesday, October 20, 2021
February 11, 2021 Open Space Commission Minutes

Minutes approved by the Open Space Commission on 10/14/21.

Document Disclaimer

The documents on this webpage are being provided as a courtesy and a public service by the County of Kauaʻi. Users should confirm the accuracy with the official copy available at the Office of Boards and Commissions. While the County of Kauaʻi will strive to keep the information accurate and up-to-date, those people needing an official, accurate and up-to-date copy of documents on this webpage should obtain a hard copy from the Office of Boards and Commissions.