President's Message: LWV to Go to Beijing Conference (Suzanne Meisenzahl)|
Political Ads Found to Lack Substance
Volunteers Needed for October Vote Count (Arlene Ellis)
Leaguer Authors Book about Peace
Planning and Zoning Committee Faces Post Election Challenges (Astrid Monson)
Environment Committee to Work with Other Groups
League Involved in Convention Center Planning
Human Resources Committee: LWV on Violence Prevention (Suzanne Meisenzahl)
1994-95 Membership Directory Changes
Planning and Zoning Committee Faces Post Election Challenges
League's Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Committee will be facing unprecedented challenges, now that the Sept. 17 primary is over. There will probably be major changes in planning, land use, and transit decisions at the city and state levels. On the city level, new faces will mean changed attitudes and voting majorities on many issues on which League has held positions and taken action.
During the primary election campaign many candidates stated their opinions and intentions about these issues. It is clear that there is considerable sentiment toward "streamlining" the development process.
There has been no mention of the fact that enough land has already been approved in Oahu's development plans to build 80,000 homes, but that only about 4,000 a year are actually being built, of which only a small fraction are priced at under $200,000 and almost none are for rent.
Here are a few of the issues your P&Z committee will have to deal with in the uncertain political climate before us:
There are other issues. The city council is just beginning to take action to improve bus transit facilities. Politicians who once endorsed rail transit are now talking about dedicated bus lanes and increasing the bus fleet. Like the land use issues, these issues are complex and require a great deal of research and analysis. To do the job right, the P&Z committee needs help. The next committee meeting will be on Monday, Sept. 26 at noon in the League office. Join us - the coming year should be interesting!
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