The public will soon have the chance
to review new draft rules and a strategic plan presented by the Public Land
Development Corporation. The effort is to bring greater transparency to the
exact scope of the new board’s power.
Members of the state’s new Public Land Development Corporation
set out to accomplish several tasks at yesterday’s board meeting.
The 5 member governor appointed board approved changes to the
PLDC’s draft administrative rules. PLDC
board members say the changes are in response to concerns raised across the
According to the PLDC they received oral testimony from
nearly 240 people and written testimony from more than 230 individuals and
The concerns were summarized in a document released at the
meeting and include concerns surrounding community input, environmental assessments,
lands considered culturally sensitive, ceded lands or important agricultural
groups and county governments expressed concern regarding exemptions to
existing laws and procedures.
Groups such as the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Sierra Club,
Life of the Land, and the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation say the latest
documents don’t do enough to clarify either the powers of the board or the
process they will follow.
In another vote, the
Public Land Development Corporation unanimously appointed Executive
Director Llyod Haraguchi as the Public Hearings Officer. With this title,
Haraguchi will be responsible for taking the Rules to public hearings. It is
unclear whether the other 4 board members will attend and hear public