DLNR MEDIA RELEASE
The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will be holding a second round of public hearings regarding proposed amendments to the rules and regulations of the State Land Use Conservation District, known specifically as Chapter 13-5, Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR).
On Molokai, the public hearing will be Jan. 31 at 5:30 p.m. at the Mitchell Pau‘ole Center, 90 ‘Ainoa St. in Kaunakakai.
Through Chapter 13-5, HAR, the Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands (OCCL) is responsible for overseeing approximately 2 million acres of private and public lands that lie within the conservation district including beach and marine lands out to the seaward extent of the state’s jurisdiction.
Based upon public input received during the first round of public hearing in August 2010, OCCL has made considerable revisions to the first proposed draft amendments.
This second series of hearings and collection of public input will result in better-defined administrative rules to regulate the Conservation District to improve work efficiency; contribute positively to OCCL’s core objectives related to natural resource conservation, and will benefit landowners and agencies alike.
Other public hearings will be held at 5:30 p.m. as follows:
January 24, 2011 Waiehu, Maui Paukukalo Community Center, 657 Kaumuali‘i St.
January 25, 2011 Hilo, Hawai‘i Hawai‘i County Council Room, 25 Aupuni St.
February 1, 2011 Lihu‘e, Kauai Lihue Library, 4344 Hardy St.
February 7, 2011 Kona, Hawai‘i Mayor’s Conf. Room, 75-5706 Kuakini Hwy., Rm. 103
February 9, 2011 Honolulu, O‘ahu Kalanimoku Bldg., 1151 Punchbowl St., Rm. 132
The proposed 13-5 amendments may be found online at the OCCL’s website at hawaii.gov/dlnr/occl.
Anyone with special needs requiring accommodations or assistance please contact OCCL at least four days prior to the public hearing. For more information contact the Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands at (808) 587-0377.