Home­less camp deal could take next step

West Hawaii Today - - Front Page - BY CAMERON MICULKA cmiculka@west­hawai­ito­day.com

KAILUA-KONA — The Board of Land and Nat­u­ral Re­sources on Fri­day will con­sider a re­quest to set aside more than 35 acres of state land in Kealakehe for the Hawaii Hous­ing Fi­nance and Devel­op­ment Corp (HHFDC) and for the pur­pose of “af­ford­able hous­ing and re­lated pur­poses.”

The land is a part of “The Vil­lages of Lai Opua” in Kealakehe, a planned com­mu­nity by HHFDC, ac­cord­ing to a sub­mit­tal filed with the Board of Land and Nat­u­ral Re­sources.

The sub­mit­tal comes a lit­tle more than a month after Mayor Harry Kim wrote to the chair­per­son of the Depart­ment of Land and Nat­u­ral Re­sources, seek­ing a right-of-en­try to a 5-acre por­tion of the par­cel to cre­ate a home­less en­camp­ment.

The county al­ready has an emer­gency en­camp­ment in Kona In­dus­trial Area, the let­ter in­di­cates, but the site “does not have ad­e­quate area to ac­com­mo­date the de­mand.”

The county is also pur­su­ing a long-term lease from the cor­po­ra­tion for 15-20 acres of the par­cel in ques­tion to de­velop a more per­ma­nent fa­cil­ity.

After con­sult­ing with the DLNR, Hawaii Hous­ing Fi­nance and Devel­op­ment Corp and county, an agent

with the Land Di­vi­sion said the “most prac­ti­cal course of ac­tion” is for the depart­ment to set aside the par­cel to HHFDC, which can then work di­rectly with the county for the right of en­try, sub­di­vide the par­cel, des­ig­nate any ease­ments and ne­go­ti­ate a long-term lease, as well as take any other ac­tions needed for devel­op­ment of the prop­erty.

The item is on the agenda for Fri­day’s board meet­ing, which will take place that morn­ing in Honolulu.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.