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Update: Primary Urban Center Development Plan

Primary Urban Center (PUC) neighborhoods (Kahala to Pearl City) will not be given an opportunity to review and comment on a draft PUC Development Plan before the plan is finalized and sent to the City Planning Commission for public hearing.

In April and June of this year, the Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) held public workshops to get input on policy proposals for a new PUC Development Plan. At the June workshops participants were informed that the DPP will not prepare a draft plan for community review. Rather, a final draft will be prepared and sent directly to the Planning Commission. This is a significant deviation from the process used for all the other DPs and Sustainable Community Plans.

Several Neighborhood Boards, as well as the LWV are concerned about eliminating this important element in the public participation process. In August, the League wrote to the Mayor asking him to instruct DPP to hold additional workshops to present and receive comments on a draft plan before it is finalized. In his response, the Mayor stated that the workshop participants had agreed with the DPP decision. In fact, the participants were not given a choice.

It is not clear why this process must be rushed. An earlier draft PUC Development Plan was prepared for public review in July 1999, and workshops were held in November 1999. The community's reaction to major portions of the plan was one of overwhelming opposition, so it was shelved. There has been no further action until this year. It appears that the Administration wants to rush through adoption of the PUC DP before next year's election.

Charles Carole


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