WINDWARD PLANNING COMMISSION
COUNTY OF HAWAII
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN of the following matters to be considered by the Windward 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: May 4, 2023
TIME: 9:00 a.m.
LOCATION: Hawaii County Council Chambers in Hilo
25 Aupuni Street, Hilo, HI 96720
This is an in-person meeting, and the Windward 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 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 WPCtestimony@hawaiicounty.gov or by calling 961-8288.
CALL TO ORDER
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Review and Approval of the April 6, 2023 Windward 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.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS – 9:00 a.m.
1. APPLICANT: HAWAIIAN OLA BREWING CORP. (PL-SMA-2022-000025)
Application for a Special Management Area Use Permit to convert the existing Wainaku Executive Center into a micro-distillery, restaurant, and bar, and includes grading for new parking and the installation of a wastewater system to accommodate the new uses on 12.31 acres of land situated in the Special Management Area. The subject parcels are located along the makai side of Hawaii Belt Road, approximately 200 feet south of its intersection with Hau Street, Portion of Wailua & Mokuhonua, South Hilo, Hawaii, TMKs: (3) 2-6-015:001 & 002.
NEW BUSINESS – 9:30 a.m.
2. APPLICANT: BWA LLC DBA BOTANICAL WORLD ADVENTURES
Application for an amendment to Condition No. 2 of Special Permit No. 04-005 for a 5-year time extension to complete construction. Special Permit No. 04-005 was approved in 2004 to allow a visitor center, parking lot and related improvements on approximately 3.53 acres of land situated within the State Land Use Agricultural District. The project site is part of the existing Botanical World Adventures situated on the north side of Leopolino Road between Highway 19 and the Old Mamalahoa Highway, Kamaee, North Hilo, Hawaii, TMK: 3-1-001:015 (por.).
3. APPLICANT: PUNALEI MAKAI TRUST (PL-SMA-2023-00026)
Application for a Special Management Area (SMA) Use Permit to demolish an existing dwelling and construct a new single-family dwelling, a first farm dwelling and related improvements on 9.51 acres of land situated in the Special Management Area. The subject parcel is located at 36-2676 Old Mamalahoa Highway, approximately 1,000 feet south of Stevens Road/Hawaii Belt Road intersection on the east (makai) side of the highway, Waipunalei Homesteads and Portion of Kahoahuna Homesteads, North Hilo, Hawaii, TMK: (3) 3-6-005:002.
PLANNING DIRECTOR’S REPORT
Report on Special Management Area (SMA) determinations and minor permits issued by the Planning Director for the month of April 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 Windward Planning Commission’s next monthly meeting is scheduled for Friday, June 2, 2023 at the County Council Chambers in Hilo 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 WPCtestimony@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.
Hawaii County is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer
WINDWARD PLANNING COMMISSION
DENNIS LIN, Chair