The Hawaii Legislature passed HB 2434 on Thursday, which establishes a conservation easement on 665.8 acres of land at Turtle Bay Resort in Kahuku.
Portions of this land had previously been planned for development but will now be protected forever from future development.
"This vote marks the culmination of years of effort to secure the future of the North Shore," said Gov. Abercrombie. "I’m very pleased my administration was able to play a positive role in bringing the Turtle Bay issue to a successful conclusion. The result will keep the country, country. It will protect pristine coastlines from development. It will provide open space and access for everyone."
"Like everyone on the North Shore, we are thrilled that the funding of this historic agreement has been approved and thank our lawmakers for supporting this quest to preserve treasured open space," said Drew Stotesbury, CEO of Turtle Bay Resort. "This conservation easement is a successful resolution achieved through the collective efforts of the State, City, North Shore community groups, and Turtle Bay Resort working toward a common goal."
The conservation easement will be placed upon the land and will permanently limit use of the land in order to protect the ecological, recreational and open space characteristics of Oahu’s North Shore. The Turtle Bay Resort will continue to own, use and hold title to the land, but it and future owners of the land will be bound by the restrictions. The easement will protect, and in many cases, allow restoration of critical marine and land ecosystems and Hawaiian cultural resources. It will foster and enable recreational and educational uses of the land.
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