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Leaguers Remember Rhoda
President's Message: The League and Its Future (Suzanne Meisenzahl)
Country Zoning for Lihi Lani Illegal (Astrid Monson)
Report on Education (Pam Christoffel)
State League Convention Notes
Violence Prevention (Cindy Spencer)
Planning Conferences (Jackie Parnell)
Annual Meeting Notes (Jean Aoki)
Abercrombie Challenges League (Jean Aoki)
Rhoda Miller Peace Garden (Helen Griffin, Betty M. Jacob & James McCutchen)
Focus on School Reform
"Country" Zoning for Lihi Lani Illegal
In a water-shed decision that bodes ill for Oahu's future development, the City Council on May 24 voted 5 to 4 to rezone some 765 acres adjacent to Pupukea Highlands for "Country" estates. The site is part of 1,144 acres being developed by Obayashi Hawaii as a "planned agricultural community."
(A "Country" district permits one dwelling per acre and does not require agricultural activity. "Clusters" are permitted.)
The rezoning was debated long and hard in a series of City Council meetings. Upwards of 200 persons testified pro and con, with scores of blue t-shirted supporters bused in from various parts of the island. Supporters emphasized jobs, housing, and community benefits promised by Obayashi. Opponents cited damage to the area's rural life style, traffic and sewage problems, and urbanization contrary to the General Plan. Some, including LWV, urged that decision be delayed until the 1992 Charter-mandated Development Plan revision for the North Shore was completed.
With the extravagant rhetoric, emotion, and misinformation stripped away, the facts were clear enough:
A coalition of various North Shore and island-wide groups and individuals filed suit against the City charging that the zoning to "Country" is illegal in view of State law and Oahu's General and Development Plans. LWV Honolulu is among those joining in the suit. Stay tuned.
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