President's Message (Pearl Johnson)|
Urban Sprawl Threatens Central Oahu
Update: Primary Urban Center Development Plan (Charles Carole)
Welcome New Members
Letter to the Editor
For years Honolulu League has advocated preservation of open space and has sought to keep our beautiful island from being entirely covered with houses. As chair of our Planning and Zoning committee, Astrid Monson testified and wrote against sprawl and for planned development. If her health would permit, Astrid would surely be leading our fight against Castle and Cooke's latest assault on open space in Central Oahu. The Koa Ridge development would place more than 7,000 homes on prime agricultural land.
Our appearance on Hawaii Public Radio (FM89.3) was part of League's attempt to bring Koa Ridge to the attention of the community. Richard Poirier, Chair of the Mililani Neighborhood Board, Jeff Mikulina of the Sierra Club, League P & Z chair Charles Carole, and I were to discuss the proposed development with host Beth Ann Kozlovich on her regular Thursday program "Town Square".
I arrived at the studio on Kaheka St. around 4:30 pm on August 16 to be greeted by the news that Castle and Cooke was furious that they had not been given a chance to present their side. Never mind the fact that on August 5 the Star-Bulletin had written glowingly of the project without mention of our objections. Harry Saunders, CEO of Castle and Cooke, was allowed to participate via telephone during the entire hour with Beth Ann. This unanticipated development completely changed the discussion for me. I felt we presented Mr. Saunders with yet another platform from which to praise his company and its accomplishments. I was quite unprepared to rebut his statements and felt very ineffectual.
Koa Ridge Mauka is outside the Urban Growth Boundary, which was designated to accommodate growth to 2025. The land is above Mililani Memorial Park, the last open space on the right side of H-2 going toward Haleiwa. It is now zoned agricultural and has been designated "Prime Agricultural Land" by the Department of Agriculture.
Leaguers have appeared on "Town Square" several times. Mary Anne Raywid and I discussed the Board of Education race twice before the November election last year. Then Jean Aoki and Laure Dillon talked about how campaign finance reform fared in the legislature shortly after the session ended. "Town Square" airs every Thursday from 5 to 6 pm on FM 89.3 and AM 1380.
OUR "NEW" OFFICE
Well, the carpet was laid on July 22 and we moved back into our office the next day. The move back in was the culmination of months of work scrutinizing, discarding and organizing. Now our office looks quite professional--almost neat. So please come and see for yourself. Volunteers staff the office Monday through Friday, 10 am to noon.
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