You might be wondering why Justice Advocates would be interested in this issue:
PUBLIC land is held in trust for Native Hawaiians and the general public. This entity was formed to sell or lease public land and they have exempted themselves from all sorts of laws. This is very scary. The hearings that start tonight are on the proposed rules for PLDC. You can view the draft rules at http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/pldc/rules. What is very troubling is that the legislature has already identified TMKs (tax map keys) for development despite the fact that the PLDC has no rules in place. Any land transfer (sale or lease) would have to go through the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR), however, the legislature and administration appear intent on selling Hawai`i.
Katy Brady has been involved, on behalf of CAP, with a very diverse group called the Community Roundtable that met to discuss the PLDC and its implications. This group included unions, developers, consultants, environmentalists, Hawaiians, etc. The Community Roundtable sent two letters to the PLDC – a General and a Specific letter. The specific letter outlines many of the issues that you can use in your testimony. It is really important that the community speak out to remind the PLDC that PUBLIC land belongs to the PUBLIC. We urge you to testify on your island, either in person or submit testimony to the PLDC by September 14th (comments should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Here is an article by Lois Gill (widow of former LG Tom Gill) decrying the PLDC and calling for its repeal. If we don’t want to see Hawai`i sold off parcel by parcel, the community MUST STEP UP to ask for safeguards. Please raise your voice to protect Hawai`i.
Public Hearing Notice
For the Proposed Adoption of Hawaii Administrative Rules Related To Public Land Development Corporation
The Public Land Development Corporation (PLDC) will hold statewide public hearings for adoption of Hawaii Administrative Rule (HAR) for the PLDC. Some provisions may affect small business. More information on the PLDC is available at www.hawaii.gov/dlnr/pldc.
Proposed adoption of a new Chapter 13-301, HAR, Practice and Procedure establishes operating procedures for the Corporation. It contains general provisions relating to the office location and hours, board meetings, and delegation of authority to the Executive Director; and sets forth procedures for proceedings before the board, contested case hearings, declaratory rulings, and petitions for amendment, adoption, or repeal of administrative rules.
Proposed adoption of a new Chapter13-302, HAR, Public Land Development Program sets forth a procedure for the Corporation to initiate, by itself or with qualified persons, or enter into cooperative agreements with qualified persons for the development or financing of projects that make optimal use of public land for the economic, environmental, and social benefit of the people of Hawaii.
Proposed adoption of a new Chapter 13-303, HAR, Project Facility Program establishes a procedure for undertaking and financing any project facility as part of a project. Project facilities include improvements, roads and streets, utility and service corridors, utility lines, water and irrigation systems, lighting systems, security systems, sanitary sewerage systems, and other community facilities where applicable.
The public hearings are scheduled as follows but not to exceed 2 hours:
Hawaii, Hilo: Monday, August 20, 2012 at 6:00pm,
Waiakea High School Cafeteria, 155 West Kawili Street, Hilo
Hawaii, Kona: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 6:00pm,
Konawaena High School Cafeteria, 81-1043 Konawaena School Road, Kealakekua
Maui: Friday, August 24, 2012 at 6:00pm,
Maui Waena Intermediate School Cafeteria, 795 Onehee St., Kahului
Molokai: Monday, August 27, 2012 at 6:00pm,
Mitchell Pauole Community Center, 90 Ainoa Street, Kaunakakai
Oahu: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 6:00pm,
DLNR, Kalanimoku Building, Land Board Conference Rm132, 1151 Punchbowl Street, Honolulu,
Kauai: Friday, August 31, 2012 at 6:00pm,
Elsie H. Wilcox Elementary School, 4319 Hardy Street