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City Council Defers Action on Bill 104
After extensive public testimony in favor of changing the Development Plan for the Hobron Lane - Ala Wai Gateway area from a 1992 designation of Resort Mixed Use back to its previous Apartment Use, the City Council on Feb. 15 deferred action on the matter until September. League strongly supported the change and on Jan. 31 testified as follows:
Most of the controversy that characterized the Feb. 15 Council meeting centered on the "Key Advisory Committee" (KAC), allegedly a community-based grass roots committee set up to work out a plan for redevelopment of the area, specifically of the blocks owned by the Kelly-Outrigger interests. The developer's legal representative, under repeated questioning by Council members, claimed that this was an open committee, that letters were sent to "everyone in the area" inviting them to participate, and that additional members were welcome.
Several other speakers, however, primarily members of the community and resident groups known to favor Bill 104, testified that they had never received any notification of formation of such a committee, that they had asked to join it and had been rejected, sometimes because "it was too late," sometimes because it was "up to the committee to decide" and presumably the committee had objections to their becoming members.
It also became known that the "facilitator" who was supposed to be helping the committee work out a feasible plan was an employee of the McCormick firm which was paid by the developer as a "project management team."
Several of the speakers who were members of the KAC admitted that they owned or rented apartments in the "Harbor View Plaza" which would be razed in the process of redevelopment, and that they had been promised free exchange of their apartments for a new one after redevelopment.
Council member Donna Kim and several other members sharply questioned those who opposed Bill 104. Council member Rene Mansho, however, said that she believed strongly in "community based planning" and thought the KAC should be given more time to come up with a plan acceptable to the community and the developer. There was no answer from the developer as to what would happen if the KAC came up with a plan the developer would not accept.
Arlene Ellis presented League's testimony at the Feb. 15 meeting:
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