North Shore residents voice opinions on Ko'olau Loa development at special council meetingUPDATED 10:34 PM HST Oct 08, 2013Video Transcript
Tonight hundreds of residents gathered together - to hammer home their idea of what Ko-olau Loa should look like in the future. KITV4's Paul Drewes is just back from Kahuku, where the Honolulu City Council planning committee held a special meeting to listen to residents. Paul? Koolau Loa covers the area north of Kaneohe to Haleiwa on the North Shore. It is a huge area going through growing pains, and some residents feel more MAJOR developments would be too much for their small towns. While this is red raider country, many windward Oahu residents showed their true colors tonight over development. 38:40 "I ask you guys councilmembers to support this bill." Dozens wore blue in support of Envision Laie, a project to expand affordable housing and increase development around Laie including building 875 new homes. eric@ 16:03 "for decades the community has been asking for land to be opened up for affordable housing for people who live and work in this area" Others with the defend Oahu coalition wore green, to emphasis their desire to keep the country green by opposing the current Koolau Loa sustainable plan. larry@ 3:10-3:25 "its not sustainable, it will urbanize everything from PCC to Kawela Bay" Before the city council planning committee -- a 25-year guide for future land use. which must balance the need for jobs and affordable housing while keeping that old Hawaii feel of the area. The current plan has its supporters but Some residents say this version is not the one the community came up with just a few years ago. Joshua@20:52-21:02 "the original plan, maintained keeping the country country. Our rural lifestyle what it did was invest in more ag land" Instead, ag land at Malaekahana would be made into affordable housing. Even though Land had been earmarked for housing in Laie, as the university doubles its enrollment. Beaver said using that now - would limit the area from growing even more. 17:50-18:00 "that is located behind the temple and BYU hawaii which the university and the temple have been uncomfortable with because it hems them in and cuts off all future growth in the future" any honking of horns Development has many making a lot of noise over traffic impacts, preserving cultural sites and keeping the very character of Koolau Loa communities. And expect to hear even more in the days ahead, because the committee did not take any action on the plan tonight. One member told me he too had concerns about urban growth and the loss of ag land, and so the committee will be gathering more information on what would be best for the area.