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
Protection of the scenic area
Adverse water quality of Kaneohe Bay.
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.
The KSCP then
went to the Planning Commission for review.
Again, Hawaiian Memorial requested the move of the Community Growth
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.
We fully expect HMP to try again to update the KSCP, and to revisit the Land Use Commssion.