|The Robert E. Herkes Kaʻū District Gym and the playing field in Pāhala will be busy this Saturday,|
with BIIF finals for Girls Volleyball and a football game between Kaʻū High and Kohala.
See more below. Photo by Julia Neal
THE COUNTY IS PLANNING TO UPDATE THE ZONING AND SUBDIVISION CODES and is asking for community involvement, with a project website http://cohcodeupdate.com."The intent of the code updates is to increase consistency and predictability, incorporate best practices in land use and zoning, promote desirable and equitable development and meet the needs of the Hawai'i Island community," says a statement from the County. The code includes the process for establishing such zoning as resort, commercial, residential and conservation and the means by which people subdivide their properties.
One community open house will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at Old Kona Airport Pavilion. Another will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Hilo Mayor's Building Atrium. The two in-person community meetings and online engagement
|Logo for the County of Hawai'i zoning|
and subdivision code update process.
The County defines zoning as "a regulatory tool that addresses the type, density and location of development and use of land and structures. The Hawai'i Land Use Law creating a comprehensive framework for state and county land use regulation was originally adopted in 1961."
The County has created a consultant team, contracting Rundell Ernstberger Associates, Orion Planning & Design and SSF International. "The process is expected to last approximately 18 months and will include several rounds of community engagement with virtual and in-person public meetings, focus groups, and online open houses," says the county statement."Your input will be critical to shape development in the County of Hawai'i and help us better understand how to use zoning to accomplish plan goals."
The county states that the "zoning code helps to ensure that incompatible land uses are note located
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EIGHTEEN MOTORISTS WERE ARRESTED FOR DUI between Oct 3 and Oct. 9. Hawai’i Island police arrested them for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Twelve were involved in a traffic
There have been 638 major accidents so far this year compared with 611 during the same period last year, an increase of 4.4 percent.
To date, there were 26 fatal crashes (one fatal crash reclassified on 05/30/22 due to a medical condition) resulting in 28 fatalities (one of which had multiple deaths, and one reclassified due to a medical condition), compared with 20 fatal crashes, resulting in 20 fatalities for the same time last year. This represents an increase of 30 percent for fatal crashes, and 40 percent for fatalities.
Police promise that DUI roadblocks and patrols will continue islandwide.
The Zoo will resume normal operations on Saturday, Oct. 15, with gates open to the
public at 10 a.m. a.m. Also, on Saturday from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Friends of the Pana'ewa Zoo will hold its annual Plant Sale fundraiser at the Pana'ewa Equestrian Center.
Parks & Recreation offered apologizes for any inconveniences caused "as we provide our school children with a safe and valuable experience at our Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens." For more info, call Parks & Recreation at 961-8311.