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(Friday, March 1, 2013)— The Honolulu Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on a bill to revise the Koolau Loa Sustainable Communities Plan (SCP).


            The hearing is set for Wednesday, March 6, at 1:30 p.m., Windward Community College, Hale Akoakoa Rooms 101 and 103.


            The SCP is the region’s long-range plan that guides decisions and actions related to land use, infrastructure, zoning, and urban design matters. The revised Koolau Loa SCP addresses the community’s vision to “keep the country country” by setting policies and guidelines for public and private investments.


            Key elements of the revised plan call for:


·         Maintaining a boundary that guides development while protecting the region’s agriculture and open space areas.

·         Protecting natural, recreational and cultural resources while maintaining and enhancing recreational resources.

·         Preserving agricultural areas for agricultural uses.

·         Creating development standards to maintain the rural character of residential areas.

·         Enhancing commercial areas while maintaining the viability of country stores.

·         Developing affordable workforce housing that serves the region’s residents and workers.

·         Recognizing the “Envision Laie” proposal by Brigham Young University Hawaii (BYUH) and Hawaii Reserves Inc., and extending the current “community growth boundary” by approximately 300 acres in Malaekahana, and reducing BYUH’s currently approved expansion area in Laie.

·         Recognizing Turtle Bay Resort’s existing land use entitlements.


            The Planning Commission will forward its recommendations to the Honolulu City Council for further review and action. A copy of the revised plan and more information are available at




Media contact: Curtis Lum, Public Information Officer, Department of Planning and Permitting, 768-8284.