LEEWARD PLANNING COMMISSION
COUNTY OF HAWAII
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN of the following matters to be considered by the Leeward Planning Commission of the County of Hawaii in accordance with the provisions of Chapters 91 and 92, Hawaii Revised Statutes, Section 6-7.5(a) of the Charter of the County of Hawaii; and Planning Commission Rules of Practice and Procedure.
DATE: Thursday, March 16, 2023
TIME: 9:30 a.m.
LOCATION: West Hawaii Civic Center, Council Chambers, Building A,
74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
This is an in-person meeting, and the Leeward Planning Commissioners will participate in person. The primary way to view or testify at this meeting is in-person; however, as a courtesy to the public, the Commission provides the following additional ways to view or testify remotely at this meeting.
Optional Alternative to Provide Remote Oral Testimony: The public has the option to provide verbal testimony at the meeting by joining Zoom. To provide verbal testimony via Zoom, please use the link below to register, no later than noon on the day prior to the meeting:
Optional Alternative to View Meeting:
(Please note, as this is an in-person meeting, the hearing will proceed if the Zoom and/or YouTube connections fail.)
The public may provide written testimony via email at LPCtestimony@hawaiicounty.gov or submit by mail or in person at the Hilo Planning office at 101 Pauahi Street, Suite 3, Hilo, Hawaii 96720 or at the Kona Planning office at West Hawaii Civic Center, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Building E, 2nd Floor, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740 preferably up to two business days prior to the hearing by 4:30 p.m.
The Planning Director’s background report (including application) and recommendation report for each agenda item will be available for review at www.planning.hawaiicounty.gov prior to the meeting. This information can also be requested by sending an email to LPCtestimony@hawaiicounty.gov or by calling
CALL TO ORDER
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Review and Approval of the December 15, 2022 and January 19, 2023 Leeward Planning Commission Minutes.
STATEMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC ON AGENDA ITEMS
Members of the public may provide public testimony regarding any agenda item now or at the time the agenda item is called to order.
NEW BUSINESS – 9:30 a.m.
1. APPLICANT: FRANK SIRLIN (PL-SMA-2022-000024)
Application for a Special Management Area (SMA) Use Permit to demolish an existing single-family dwelling and accessory building and construct a two-story, 3,023-square foot, 4-bedroom, 5.5-bath single-family residence and related improvements which include two (2) two-car garages, an in-ground swimming pool, spa, and lanais, on 0.38 acres of land situated within the SMA. The subject property is located at 69-1882 Puako Beach Drive, on the makai side of the road approximately 1.75 miles southwest along Puako Beach Drive from the Puako Boat Ramp, por. of Puako Beach Lots, Lalamilo, South Kohala District, Hawaii, TMK: (3) 6-9-006:025.
2. APPLICANT: PLANNING DIRECTOR INITIATED (PL-PDI-2022-000004)
The Planning Director has initiated the repeal of Change of Zone Ordinance No. 95 70 and No. 98 63 and amending Section 25-8-2 (North and South Kona Districts Zone Map), Chapter 25, Article 8, of the Hawai’i County Code 1983 (2016 edition, as amended), by reverting the current zoning of the subject properties from Agricultural 1-acre (A-1a), Agricultural 3-acres (A-3a), Agricultural 200-acres (A-200a), Agricultural 255-acres (A-255a), and Agricultural 8,000-acres (A-8000a) to their original, Agricultural 20-acres (A- 20a) zoning district for 11,185.708 acres of land. The rezone area, consisting of six parcels begins approximately 1.2 miles east (mauka) of Hawaii Belt Road in the vicinity of Greenwell Mountain Road and extends approximately 8.6 miles further east (mauka) at Kealakekua, Kiloa, Waipunaula, Kalama, Kumu, and Kalamakowali, North Kona, Hawaii, TMKs: (3) 8-2-012:001, 012, 013, 014 (por.), 015 and (3) 8-2-001:101.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS – 11:30 a.m.
3. APPLICANT: AHU POHAKU HOOMALUHIA LLC (FORMERLY ROBERT WATKINS AND JEAN SUNDERLAND) (PL-SMA-2022-000018)
Application for an amendment to Special Management Area (SMA) Use Permit No. 417 to increase the number of guest rooms from 16 to 36 by constructing 20 additional guest rooms at Hawaii Island Retreat, on an approximately 5.0- acre portion of a 14.5-acre parcel of land situated in the Special Management Area. The subject property is located at 54-250 Lokahi Road, approximately 1.2 miles northeast (makai) of Akoni Pule Highway, Hanaula and Honopueo, North Kohala, Hawaii, TMK: (3) 5-4-009:014 (por).
4. APPLICANT: AHU POHAKU HOOMALUHIA LLC (FORMERLY ROBERT WATKINS AND JEAN SUNDERLAND) (PL-SPP-2022-000018)
Application for an amendment to Special Permit No. 1117 to increase the number of guest rooms from 16 to 36 by constructing 20 additional guest rooms at Hawaii Island Retreat, on an approximately 5.0-acre portion of a 14.5- acre parcel of land situated in the State Land Use Agricultural District. The subject property is located at 54-250 Lokahi Road, approximately 1.2 miles northeast (makai) of Akoni Pule Highway, Hanaula and Honopueo, North Kohala, Hawaii, TMK: (3) 5-4-009:014 (por).
PLANNING DIRECTOR’S REPORT
Report on Special Management Area (SMA) determinations and minor permits issued by the Planning Director for the months of January and February 2023.
AGENDA ITEMS FOR NEXT MEETING
The Commissioners will comment on matters not on the current agenda, for consideration for the Commission’s next meeting.
The Leeward Planning Commission’s next monthly meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 20, 2023 at the County Council Chambers in Kona and the public can also testify via Zoom. The date and venue of the meeting are subject to change.
Board Packet. Pursuant to Hawaii Revised Statutes Section 92-7.5, the board packet provided to members of this board for this meeting is available for public inspection forty eight (48) hours before the meeting date during regular business hours at the Hilo office of the Planning Department, Aupuni Center, 101 Pauahi Street, Suite 3, Hilo, Hawaii and at the Kona office of the Planning Department, West Hawaii Civic Center, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Building E, 2nd Floor, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service, or other accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Planning Department at 961-8288 or LPCtestimony@hawaiicounty.gov as soon as possible. If a request is received later than five working days prior to the meeting date, we will try to obtain the auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation, but we cannot guarantee that the request will be fulfilled.
Upon request, this notice is available in alternate formats such as large print, Braille, or electronic copy.
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LEEWARD PLANNING COMMISSION
Barbara DeFranco, Chair