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Governor urges new Hawaii public land agency to adopt a plan

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September 28, 2012

Hawaii

By Jennifer Springer

HONOLULU, Hawaii: Governor Neil Abercrombie wrote a letter to the newly formed Hawaii public land agency urging it to adopt a plan defining its priorities and scope in an effort to address public criticism.[1]

On September 21, 2012 Gov. Neil Abercrombie wrote to the corporation's board saying that adopting a strategic plan would show they are listening to the public's concerns.[1] The plan would also make it clear the corporation will comply with the state's environmental review and other laws.[1][2]

Critics of the new agency say the Corporation would favor development because of its broad exemption from zoning laws.[1] The agency was created by the state Legislature in 2011 to allow for private development on state land.[1][3]

Public Land Development Corporation Board Chairman Kalbert Young responded that the board wants to wait until next month's meeting before deciding how to proceed.[1]

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