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Hawaiian Memorial Plans to Build on Conservation Land



Update 8/7/2017

On August 9th, the City Council will be voting on the Koolau Poko Sustainable Communities (KSCP) Plan.

We were unsuccessful in blocking mainland-owned HMP's amendment, so the KSCP now carries wording which is in support of the HMP expansion.


HERE'S THE REAL FACTS (based on published info from HMP)

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 State Land Use Commission, and City recommendations..

  • To date HMP has only published this map and a concept plan with proposed retention ponds.

  • Current published plans don't address traffic through neighborhood to access heiau complex (We don't want a Haiku Stairs situation in our neighborhood!)

  • HMP's new plan cuts DEEPER into the steep slopes our hillside - RIGHT ABOVE PIKOILOA.  Here's a comparison of the new and old plan. (SEE RED CIRCLE FOR INCREASE).


  • Huge concern over INCREASED rockfall hazards to neighborhood with deeper grading 

  • Destruction of habitat for EXTREMELY endangered animals & insects on property.

  • Kaneohe has enough burial space.   Valley of the Temples just expanded (think Windward Mall kiosk).

  • Our hillside is a feeder to Kawa Stream and Kaneohe Bay - with concern of continued risk of runoff during construction, and after.


HISTORY OF THE BATTLE

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 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.

Kaneohe Neighborhood Board

On 7/20/2017, The Kaneohe Neighborhood Board deferred voting on a resolution to support HMP's development, citing a desire to see the full EIS before passing any resolution.

City Council Committee on Transportation and Planning

The KSCP (Bill 57) is going through its SECOND READING at the City T&P Committee.

HMP **AGAIN** submitted YET ANOTHER request to move the Community Growth Boundary to the City Council Transportation and Planning Committee as Amendment CC-266.   


On 8/1/2017, HMP will again ask the T&P Committee too attach the CC-33 & CC-266 to the Koolaupoko Sustainable Communities Plan (Bill 57).  


*** NOTE This website is written to the best of our knowledge.  HMP has complained that there are inaccurate facts on this page.  I have invited their consultant to correct any inaccuracies, which we will correct immediately.