Deal to protect Turtle Bay lands nearing realityUPDATED 8:52 PM HST Apr 17, 2014Video Transcript
Paula -- the State -- City -- turtle bay resort and the Trust for Public Land have made a conservation easement agreement... Turtle Bay resort sits on 852-acres of land on Oahu's North Shore Between Kawela bay and Kahuku point. The resort could have added another 35-hundred units of residential and hotel space but that won't happen anymore. The state, city, and the trust for public land have agreed to pay Turtle Bay 48-and-a-half- million- dollars to preserve 6-hundred-and- 65-acres of its own property. That leaves the resort with 187- acres that it could potentially develop on. The other 665-acres of land would be "untouchable" to development forever. 648 - 657 - ATTORNEY GENERAL DAVID LOUIE "THEY'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO USE THE LAND, OWN IT AND MAINTAIN IT BUT THEY WILL HAVE VOLUNTARILY AGREED TO RESTRICT THEIR USES." 2957 - 3008 - GIL RIVIERE - KEEP THE NORTH SHORE COUNTRY "THIS IS JUST WHAT EVERYBODIES BEEN FIGHTING FOR ALL THESE YEARS. IT DOESN'T COMPLETELY ANSWER THE QUESTION ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE RESORT, THERE'S STILL SOME FUTURE OPPORTUNITY BUT IT'S A GREAT GREAT STEP FORWARD." After cutting back on it's original plans -- Turtle Bay Resort says it'll now add just 725-units on the remaining useable property. :07 Two hotels will go up -- one on each side of the current hotel -- and about 100 residential units further out by Kahuku Point. :14 On a side note -- Turtle Bay Resort says it wasn't open to selling the land to the city or state... Construction on it's two hotels could begin in two years. The state legislature still has to approve the funds.