KAILUA-KONA (AP) - County planners on Hawaii's Big Island can't meet the deadline for the next update to the county's general plan, so they have taken action to eliminate the deadline from the law.
The Hawaii County Council Planning Committee voted 7-2 Wednesday to recommend changing the wording of the county code. The code change would mandate that a comprehensive review of the plan must be initiated by the Planning Department no more than 10 years after the adoption of the a previous plan. Under the current code, new plan amendments must be submitted to the county council within 10 years.
The recommendation must be approved by the county council. The general plan was last updated in February 2005 and is set to have a new update completed by February 2015.
Hawaii County Council member Brenda Ford voted against the proposed change in the code.
"We can't make the deadline, period, therefore we're asking for no deadline," Ford said. "We're not going to make the deadline that we've known about for 10 years."