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President's Message (Jackie Parnell)
New Council Watch Committee Calls for Help (Evangeline Funk & Piilani Kaopuiki)
League Supports Urban Growth Boundary (Pearl Johnson)
Help Wanted
Bus Rapid Transit Advances (Charles Carole)
Primary Election Is Important
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Voter Service Committee Plans Forums for September (Arlene Ellis)

League Supports Urban Growth Boundary

The threat to open space in Hawaii Kai was the main topic at the meeting of the Planning & Zoning committee on July 22. Farmers in Kamilonui valley have been approached by a developer who wants to build 200 homes there. The Board of Water Supply has reportedly told him water would be available for 200 homes if all the farmers left. The developer has taken options on the land of most of the farmers, contingent on all farmers selling out.

The land is outside the Urban Growth Boundary set forth in the East Honolulu Sustainable Community plan, which was adopted in 1999. Hawaii Kai already has land zoned for hundred of homes yet to be built. As chair of the P & Z committee, I testified before the Planning Committee of the City Council on July 27, in support of a resolution to preserve the Valley's agricultural status. Most of the people at the hearing were residents of Hawaii Kai eager to preserve the open space and to block additional houses in what they see as an already crowded area. League has long fought for the integrity of the Urban Growth Boundary and adherence to development plans. We have been a lonely voice against covering our beautiful island with houses, but now there may be more community support. In a July 26 article, the Advertiser reported that:

  • "In Central Oahu, two neighborhood boards have approved "manifestos" calling for a halt to new housing developments until the infrastructure is in place to support them.

  • In Makakilo, longtime residents tired of increasing traffic congestion are banding together to press officials for more roads and to oppose a planned development in the hilltop neighborhood.

  • In Hawai'i Kai, where thousands of new homes have been built or are planned, residents are jamming community meetings to voice their concerns and flooding the neighborhood with banners from "Liveable Hawai'i Kai Hui."

In West Hawai'i, Native Hawaiians, small-business owners and environmentalists successfully sued to stop work on the 1,550-acre Hokuli'a development until it gets all necessary government approvals."

The P & Z committee will also be closely following developments in the 1800 acres on the North Shore which has been offered for sale by Campbell estate. Our next meeting will be at 11 am on Wednesday, August 18 at the office. All interested members are invited.

Pearl Johnson

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