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President's Message (Arlene Ellis)
Public Administration Program - UH Manoa
Leasehold Committee
City Council Gives Planning a Beating
Central Oahu
Golf Courses
Ewa Marina
Local 5 Vote Count
Home Rule Committee
Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution
Letter from Neil Abercrombie on HR 2707 (Neil Abercrombie)

City Council Gives Planning a Beating

Ignoring the recommendations of the City's own Chief Planning Officer Ben Lee and the testimony of numerous public interest and community organizations, including the League of Women Voters of Honolulu, the City Council on December 4 approved, 6 to 3, a number of major General Plan and Development Plan amendments which once again weakened or even destroyed planning policies adopted in the early 1980's.

The action was the last step in the 1991 Annual Development Plan review. Three major issues were involved:

  1. Land use approval for another 3,000 homes in Central Oahu, even though 7,000 approved in 1988 were still 90% unbuilt. The 3,000 were part of applications for 9.,300 requested by Castle and Cooke (Mililani Mauka), Gentry (Waiawa Ridge), and Herbert Horita (Royal Kunia) --- all of which had been rejected by CPO Lee but were re-initiated by the Council

  2. Five golf courses -- in Waianae, Ewa and the North Shore which had also been rejected pending adoption of a comprehensive island-wide golf course policy.

  3. A major new resort in the Ewa Marina area, including 1,500 hotel and condo units and 1,110 acre mixed use complex including commercial and industrial uses, a 27 acre golf course and 150-foot heights. Since the present General Plan allows new resort uses only at West Beach, Kahuku (Kuilima), Makaha and Laie, this also needed a General Plan change.

League had vigorously opposed these amendments -- in April, in a detailed letter to the Chief Planning Officer; in August, in testimony to the Planning Commission; and in December, before the City Council.

In the Council discussion following the testimony, members Gary Gill and Steve Holmes strongly supported League's positions. Gill alleged that the action being taken in Central Oahu was only "to accommodate three powerful developers" and that "this proposal makes a mockery of. the planning process. It has nothing to do with land use and everything to do with power politics," he stated. Council member Doo also spoke against the Central Oahu proposals, and Mirikitani strongly opposed the golf course applications.

Oral testimony from the public was limited to one minute only -- obviously totally inadequate to raise the many complex issues involved.

Excerpts from League's written testimony follow:

Central Oahu
Golf Courses
Ewa Marina

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