National Campaign for Health Care Reform
Public Forum on Health Care Reform (Irene Coogan)
Can We Look for Education Reform (Marion Saunders)
Membership Orientation Meetings (Grace Furukawa)
Busy 1994 Agenda for P & Z Committee (Astrid Monson)
Waikiki Rezoning Workshop (Astrid Monson)
Hawaii Is Seeing Too Much Violence
League of Women Voters of Honolulu Budget Report
Waikiki Rezoning Workshop
For the 2/25 workshop on the Waikiki rezoning bill, we supported Don Bremner's suggestion that one or more knowledgeable members of the public be allowed to speak. Bremner was Executive Director of the Waikiki Improve= ment Association in the '70's and '80's and the author of the present Waikiki Special District
City Council workshops usually consist of someone from the City department explaining to
the Council what a given Administration bill is all about and answering questions. The public can attend but not speak.
(WSC) Zoning regulations which the Administration is proposing to scrap.
Chair Kim agreed to Bremner as the citizen representative.
In his presentation, DLU Director Don Clegg made several major points.
Bremner refuted all of these. Among his major points were:
The rational for permitting higher densities and generous bonuses is that this proposal will encourage redevelopment.
In a recent report put out by Waikiki Vision 20/20, it is pointed out that crowded conditions are undesirable in a resort area and that "Waikiki cannot afford to solve 'economic problems' caused by spiraling land costs through ever-in creasing development intensities. The price of creating 'financially viable' development projects may be too high: it could have irrevocable adverse effects on the resort community."
Bremner exceeded his allotted 15 minutes by possibly 30 minutes, but he managed to get most of his data across.
The workshop was well-attended by numerous members of the City administration as well as the public. The City Council will in all probability be holding additional workshops and public hearings on this issue.
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