November 15, 2011||Legislative Updates: Hawaii County


Big Island Land Use Tops Today’s West Hawaii Today Headlines

West Hawaii Today

Today's West Hawaii Today front page

Three of the four headlines on the front page of today’s West Hawaii Today relate to land use, zoning and permit decisions in Hawaii County, important issues for Big Island communities.

Links to the three articles are below. Especially of interest may be the status of requests for permits and permit extensions at the end of the last article.

Banyan’s surf spot top open space priority

According to the article, although the land (less than 10,000 sq ft) is owned by the adjacent condo owners, the condo association and County Council have lent “overwhelming support” to the purchase of the property.

Paauilo land attracts bidders

Monday was the deadline to submit lease proposals for the 16 vacant parcels of land the County offered for sale last year. According to the WHT article, 40 requests are on the table, with multiple proposals for each parcel. The next step is to solicit sealed bids for each property.

Planners to mull special management area permit changes

From the article: “The Leeward Planning Commission will hear Thursday the request to increase from $125,000 to $500,000 the value of construction that marks the difference between a minor and major SMA permit. State legislators increased that amount earlier this year. Planning Director Bobby Jean Leithead Todd said the changes were reasonable.”

 

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