LEEWARD PLANNING COMMISSION
COUNTY OF HAWAII
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN of the following matters to be considered by the Leeward Planning Commission of the County of Hawaii in accordance with the provisions of Chapters 91 and 92, Hawaii Revised Statutes, Section 6-7.5(a) of the Charter of the County of Hawaii; and Planning Commission Rules of Practice and Procedure.
DATE: Friday, May 19, 2023
TIME: 9:30 a.m.
LOCATION: West Hawaii Civic Center, Council Chambers, Building A,
74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
This is an in-person meeting, and the Leeward Planning Commissioners will participate in person. The primary way to view or testify at this meeting is in-person; however, as a courtesy to the public, the Commission provides the following additional ways to view or testify remotely at this meeting.
Optional Alternative to Provide Remote Oral Testimony: The public has the option to provide verbal testimony at the meeting by joining Zoom. To provide verbal testimony via Zoom, please use the link below to register, no later than noon on the day prior to the meeting:
Optional Alternative to View Meeting:
(Please note, as this is an in-person meeting, the hearing will proceed if the Zoom and/or YouTube connections fail.)
The public may provide written testimony via email at LPCtestimony@hawaiicounty.gov or submit by mail or in person at the Hilo Planning office at 101 Pauahi Street, Suite 3, Hilo, Hawaii 96720 or at the Kona Planning office at West Hawaii Civic Center, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Building E, 2nd Floor, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740 preferably up to two business days prior to the hearing by 4:30 p.m.
The Planning Director’s background report (including application) and recommendation report for each agenda item will be available for review at www.planning.hawaiicounty.gov prior to the meeting. This information can also be requested by sending an email to LPCtestimony@hawaiicounty.gov or by calling 961-8288.
CALL TO ORDER
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Review and Approval of the April 20, 2023 Leeward Planning Commission Minutes.
STATEMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC ON AGENDA ITEMS
Members of the public may provide public testimony regarding any agenda item now or at the time the agenda item is called to order.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS – 9:30 a.m.
1. APPLICANT: KONA AERIAL GYMNASTIC TEAM INC. (SPP 21-000227)
Application for a Special Permit to legitimize the operation of a youth gymnastic and sports fitness facility and related improvements on an approximately
2.3-acre portion of a larger 23.738-acre property in the State Land Use Agricultural District. The subject property is located at 75-476 Hualalai Road, approximately 700 feet east of its intersection with Queen Kaahumanu Highway, Waiaha 1st, Puapuaanui 1st, North Kona, Hawaii, TMK: (3) 7-5-017:044 (por).
NEW BUSINESS – 10:00 a.m.
2. APPLICANT: RENEGADE TOWERS, LLC (PL-USE-2022-000006)
Application for a Use Permit to allow the establishment of a telecommunication facility with an 85-foot-tall ‘monopine’ tower and related equipment and improvements within a 2,712-square foot portion of a larger 14.89-acre parcel. The subject property is located at 73-4189 Hawaii Belt Road, on the southeast corner of its intersection with Donahue Road, Makaula-Kalaoa 4th, North Kona, Hawaii, TMK: (3) 7-3-002:010 (por).
3. APPLICANT: JOAN HUNZIKER (PL-SPP-2023-000036)
Application for a Special Permit to allow the establishment of a three-bedroom bed and breakfast operation within an existing dwelling on approximately 1.001 acres of land in the State Land Use Agricultural District. The subject property is located at 75-495 Nani Kailua Drive, approximately 0.25 miles east (mauka) of its intersection with Hienaloli Road, Puaa 3rd–Auhaukeae 1st, North Kona, Hawaii, TMK: (3) 7-5-012:091.
4. APPLICANT: HAMAKUA HEALTH CENTER INC. DBA HAMAKUA-KOHALA HEALTH (PL-SPP-2023-000038)
Application for a Special Permit to establish a transitional clinic and workforce housing, including accessory structures and uses on 4.321 acres of land in the State Land Use Agricultural District. The subject property is located at 54-3793 Akoni Pule Highway, at the northwestern corner of its intersection with Maluhia Road, Ohanaula and Honopueo, North Kohala, Hawaii, TMK: (3) 5-4-005:011 (por).
5. APPLICANT: HAMAKUA HEALTH CENTER INC. DBA HAMAKUA-KOHALA HEALTH (PL-USE-2023-000010)
Application for a Use Permit to establish a permanent medical clinic and caretakers’ residence, including accessory structures and uses on 1.322 acres of land in the Single Family Residential-15,000 square feet (RS-15) zoning district. The subject property is located at 54-3793 Akoni Pule Highway, at the northwestern corner of its intersection with Maluhia Road, Ohanaula and Honopueo, North Kohala, Hawaii, TMK: (3) 5-4-005:011 (por).
6. PETITIONER: WILLIAM N. MELTON (PL-CCH-2023-000014)
Consideration of a Petition for Standing in a Contested Case Hearing filed by William N. Melton to contest applications submitted by Ahu Pohaku Hoomaluhia LLC (formerly Robert Watkins and Jean Sunderland) to amend Special Permit No. 1117 and Special Management Area Use Permit No. 417 to increase the number of guest rooms from sixteen to thirty-six by constructing twenty additional guest rooms at Hawaii Island Retreat, on an approximately 5.0-acre portion of a 14.5-acre parcel of land situated in the Special Management Area and the State Land Use Agricultural District
PLANNING DIRECTOR’S REPORT
1. Report on Special Management Area (SMA) determinations and minor permits issued by the Planning Director for the month of April 2023.
2. Presentation by the Planning Department on next steps that will be taken to develop strategies, ideas, and a plan to evaluate cumulative impacts of single- family dwelling development on the overall character of the Puako community.
AGENDA ITEMS FOR NEXT MEETING
The Commissioners will comment on matters not on the current agenda, for consideration for the Commission’s next meeting.
The Leeward Planning Commission’s next monthly meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 15, 2023 at the County Council Chambers in Kona and the public can also testify via Zoom. The date and venue of the meeting are subject to change.
Board Packet. Pursuant to Hawaii Revised Statutes Section 92-7.5, the board packet provided to members of this board for this meeting is available for public inspection forty-eight (48) hours before the meeting date during regular business hours at the Hilo office of the Planning Department, Aupuni Center, 101 Pauahi Street, Suite 3, Hilo, Hawaii and at the Kona office of the Planning Department, West Hawaii Civic Center, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Building E, 2nd Floor, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service, or other accommodation due
to a disability, please contact the Planning Department at 961-8288 or LPCtestimony@hawaiicounty.gov as soon as possible. If a request is received later than five working days prior to the meeting date, we will try to obtain the auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation, but we cannot guarantee that the request will be fulfilled.
Upon request, this notice is available in alternate formats such as large print, Braille, or electronic copy.
Hawaii County is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer
LEEWARD PLANNING COMMISSION
Barbara DeFranco, Chair