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Hawaiian Memorial Plans to Build on Conservation Land
 

Update 2/5/2017
This is what Hawaiian Memorial is proposing for our hillside (they have voiced that there are have been modifications, but as yet, not formal plans have been released)

Hawaiian Memorial Park has been requesting to develop the Conservation Land on the slopes our hillside since 2007.

We have been trying to keep this land zoned as conservation, but HMP, keeps trying to develop the land - despite opposition from the State Land Use Commission, and City bodies.

Here's some history:

Land Use Commission
In 2009, Hawaiian Memorial requested a District Boundary Amendment from the State Land Use commission – to move the land out of the Conservation District and into the Urban District. 

The State Land Use Commission issued a Decision and Order on Docket A07-777 denying Hawaiian Memorial’s request to rezone the land from the Conservation District to the Urban Use District.   They cited:

-          No need for additional cemetery space

-          Risk of Runoff and Erosion

-          Rockfall hazard risk to the neighborhood

-          Protection of the Kawaewae Heiau and surrounding complex

-          Protection of the scenic area

-          Adverse water quality of Kaneohe Bay.

Department of Planning and Permitting

Having been denied at the State, Hawaiian Memorial has been attempting to update the Koolau Poko Sustainable Communities Plan to move the Community Growth Boundary to allow development property. 

In 2009, Hawaiian Memorial requested the Department of Planning and Permitting to change the KSCP Maps to place the Conservation area into the category for Parks, Golf Courses, and Cemeteries. 

In 2015, after years of community involvement and comment, the DPP forwarded the KSCP to the Planning Commission WITHOUT HMP’S REQEUSTED CHANGE to the Community Growth Boundary.

City Planning Commission

The KSCP then went to the Planning Commission for review.  Again, Hawaiian Memorial requested the move of the Community Growth Boundary.

The Planning Commission held public hearings in July and August of 2016, allowing the public to comment again on the Hawaiian Memorial proposal.

In August 2016, the City Planning Commission submitted a recommendation to the City Council for the the KSCP WITHOUT Hawaiian Memorial’s requested change; citing that the Department of Planning and Permitting again stated that they did not support the proposal as it amended the Community Growth Boundary. “

City Council Committee on Transportation and Planning

The KSCP then went to the City Council and became Bill 57.

HMP **AGAIN** submitted the same request to move the Community Growth Boundary to the City Council Transportation and Planning Committee as Amendment CC-33.  

On 2/1/2017, the City Council Transportation and Planning Committee  held a meeting, and determined to DEFER the amendment, leaving the Community Growth Boundary.

The Bill will continue being reviewed by City Council for ultimate signature by the Mayor.

Next Steps

We fully expect HMP to try again to update the KSCP, and to revisit the Land Use Commssion.