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Plan for public land agency urged

September 30, 2012
The Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - The governor is urging a newly formed Hawaii public land agency to adopt a plan defining its priorities and scope in an effort to address public criticism.

Critics say the Public Land Development Corp. would favor development because of its broad exemption from zoning laws. The agency was created by the state Legislature to allow for private development on state land.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie wrote to the corporation's board earlier this month that adopting a strategic plan would show they are listening to the public's concerns.

The plan would make it clear that the corporation has to comply with the state's environmental review and other laws.

Corporation board Chairman Kalbert Young said that the board wants to wait until October's meeting before deciding how to proceed.



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