President's Message (Arlene Ellis)|
Charter Commission Approves Ballot Submission of P&Z Changes (Astrid Monson)
Partly Published Letter (Astrid Monson)
Public Health Forum
Good to Hear from Marion Saunders (Marion Saunders)
Charter Commission Approves Ballot Submission of Planning and Zoning Changes
In February 1990 the Building Industry magazine published an article signed by Arlene Kim Ellis as President of LWVH calling for basic changes in the planning process.
"If developers, the building industry, community groups and the general public can agree on one thing, it is that Oahu's development planning process isn't working the way they want it to," she said. "Could we not now, at last, sort out the respective functions of the Department of General Planning and the Department of Land Utilization so that the former would deal with basic planning and development problems, leaving the zoning maps and regulations to the latter?"
"The development plan review process could then focus on issues and trends affecting an area and recommend broad changes in land use allocations and types of development to meet changed conditions and unanswered needs. The processing of development plan changes could then be scheduled only every two or three years, instead of taking over the planning process year after year."
On June 30, 1992, the Charter Commission, after eight months of work, innumerable public testimonies, and half a dozen drafts, unanimously approved submission to the voters of re-writes of the Charter's chapters on Planning and Zoning along the lines we had advocated. Basic provisions of the recommended planning system are:
A number of suggestions were not approved for submission to the voters:
The entire package will probably appear on the ballot in the form of a single question, such as "Should the planning process be streamlined?" We had suggested "made more effective" instead of "streamlined." This and some forty other questions will be voted on by the public on Primary Day, Sept. 19.
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