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Mayor Mufi Hannemann today gave final approval to a long-awaited Revised Neighborhood Plan that will ensure all Oahu residents have access to forums for voicing their concerns about local issues.


“This revised plan will strengthen our island’s Neighborhood Board system and help it operate more efficiently and effectively,” Mayor Hannemann said. “Mahalo to the many board members, Neighborhood Commission, and Commission Office staff for seeing this important effort through.”


Mayor Hannemann also thanked the City Corporation Counsel’s Office, and especially Deputy Corporation Counsel Jennifer Waihee. The plan governs the island’s Neighborhood Board system, and is maintained by the Neighborhood Commission, which conducted the review and update in consultation with the 33 boards.


               “This is grassroots democracy in action,” Mayor Hannemann said. “We’re blessed to have our Neighborhood Boards staffed by men and women who serve without compensation. It’s all about community.”


The plan was last revised in 1998, and should have been updated by 2003.


“When I came into office, one of my goals was to complete unfinished work and fix problems,” Mayor Hannemann said. “I’m very glad that we’ve all been able to work together to get this done. We recognize that every community should have a Neighborhood Board voice.”


The revised plan clarifies the process for setting board agendas, and streamlines the process for handling complaints, Neighborhood Commission Executive Secretary Joan Manke said.


“There will be a more efficient process to resolve concerns that sometimes come up,” she said. “All of this is to become more efficient. We’ve accomplished a big task here, and the other half of it will be to provide training to the boards.”


The plan also requires that biennial elections for Neighborhood Boards occur in May, with the new board terms beginning on July 1, 2009.


Many Neighborhood Commissioners and Neighborhood Board members attended a signing ceremony with Mayor Hannemann today, along with representatives from the Neighborhood Commission Office.


Commission Chair Grant Tanimoto thanked everyone who provided input to update the plan. “I hope all of us can keep up, paddling the canoe in the same direction,” he said.


The plan is available online at The Commission, in conjunction with the Neighborhood Commission Office, will be conducting workshops for Neighborhood Boards on the newly revised plan.




Contact: Bryan Mick, Neighborhood Commission Office, 768-3717,

Friday, October 10, 2008

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