On Monday March 3rd, 2014 Councilmember (and Chair of the Committee on Zoning and Planning), Ikaika Anderson called another special meeting with the Developer PACREP and the community which was held Tuesday Mar 4, 2014 at 4:00 PM, ahead of the special meeting already scheduled for Thursday Mar 6th. Here is a brief update from the meeting.
The meeting lasted 4 hours and was covered by KITV news. (It was their top story on the KITV 10:00 PM evening news). Both the Director (George Atta) and the Deputy Director of the DPP were there.
Here’s a link to a video of KITV’s story last night:
CM Anderson, did an excellent job of coordinating the meeting, and especially trying to get the Developer to provide some positive and concrete solutions to the main concerns raised by the committee and the community.
We would like to share our appreciation of CM Anderson’s efforts to spearhead this discussion and for pressing the Developer for something positive and concrete.
Many people who spoke towards the end of the meeting, expressed their concerns that once this gets past City Council, that the “horse is out of the barn”, since many people have absolutely no faith in the Department of Permitting and Planning (DPP) who ignored the Design Advisory Committee, the Waikiki Neighborhood Board and lots of public testimony on Tower 1 last year.
At one point, the DPP Deputy Director Arthur D. Challacombe made a statement that “He would not want to be walking in this area of Kuhio – at this time of night” (7:30 PM). What?? That, along with his comments in last week’s meeting saying “the guidelines are just guidelines”, is shocking. We wonder now if he’s ever visited the project site. To many in the room who heard that, it was an exaggeration in his effort to push this project through. Hearing these kinds of remarks from the top people at the helm of the DPP is amazing and people are wondering just whose side are they on. Do they work for the city or the Developer?
KITV news ended the story with an interview with CM Anderson, where he said, He believes the committee will want to see additional concessions from the developer. He also said that if the Developer doesn’t satisfy the concerns of the committee on Thursday, we could be seeing the issue getting deferred again.
We are impressed and appreciative of CM Ikaika Anderson for spearheading this discussion and pressing the Developers for something concrete, rather than just “we will try” from the Developer.
Hope to see everyone Thursday. It will be important to see if PACREP is willing to work with City Council.
Here are the details for the meeting on Thursday Mar 6, at 9am: