Good news - today the Ko'olau Loa Sustainable Communities Plan (KSCP) passed a "first reading" hearing by the Honolulu City Council. Bill 47, amending the KSCP, was heard today by the full council at Leeward Community College, and was referred to the Zoning & Planning Committee for further discussion and public input.
The KSCP helps guide City land use decisions in our region for the next 25 years, and includes some of Envision Laie's growth proposals such as more housing, jobs and growth for the community, BYU-Hawaii, and the Polynesian Cultural Center.
|Honolulu City Council Members at KSCP Hearing Today |
As is customary, several more public hearings will be held by the City Council on Bill 47, including one likely in our community. It will be critical that our community come out to that meeting to voice its support for the KSCP and needed growth. More details to follow soon.
We encourage everyone to participate and provide input -- every voice counts!
Prep Work for Commercial & Hotel Site to Begin
Residents will soon see preparation work taking place on the site of the future Laie hotel and neighboring commercial property. Hawaii Reserves, Inc., recently announced that removal of some trees will start on Monday, August 12.
The tree removal precedes future site work on common area infrastructure, such as internal access roadways, lights, and utilities. The common area infrastructure will serve both the new hotel and the commercial area currently slated for a new McDonald's restaurant.
The work is expected to last about a week with most of the tree removal taking place on the northern part of the property next to the Polynesian Cultural Center, as depicted below. Additional trees closer to the site of the future hotel and the existing McDonald's restaurant will be removed later.
"Most of the removal work will take place between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.", said Jeffrey Tyau, Vice President of Operations at HRI. He added that parts of Iosepa roadway next to the PCC will be closed for safety reasons since most of the removal work is along that roadway.
Tyau noted, "We are pleased to be moving forward with this initial phase of prep work."
The Envision Lā'ie Team