Sunday, April 5, 2015
Speak Up, Kaneohe: Comments Are Sought On Alcohol Ban, Age-Friendly Environments, Ag Land
Kaneohe residents can make their voices heard in April on three important issues for our island: alcohol and drug use on the Kaneohe Sandbar, age-friendly environments and protections for agricultural land.
The alcohol proposal would make permanent a ban against alcohol, drugs and disorderly behavior at the Kaneohe Sandbar during three-day holiday weekends. The ban has been in effect since 2012 but will expire this year without changes.
The state Department of Land and Natural Resources will hold a hearing on the proposal from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, at the Heeia Elementary School Cafeteria, 46-202 Haiku Road, in Kaneohe.
The age-friendly proposal would establish guidelines for outdoor spaces, transportation, social and civic involvement, and community support, such as health services.
For example, the proposal is designed to encourage outdoor spaces that are multigenerational, accessible, clean, crime-free and close to other services and amenities.
The City and County of Honolulu will accept written comments through April 28. Mail your thoughts to University of Hawaii, Center on Aging, 1960 East-West Road, BioMed T-705B, Honolulu, HI 96822. Send e-mail to Kupuna2Keiki@gmail.com.
The age-friendly proposal mirrors some elements of the Blue Zones Project, a neighbor-to-neighbor initiative designed to improve the living environment so that residents can live longer, happier, more productive lives.
The agricultural land proposal would create tighter rules against urban development for 56,000 acres, including some tracts in the Kaneohe area. The land would have to be currently in agricultural production, have enough water and offer productive growing conditions.
The City and County of Honolulu will hold three public meetings on the proposal. They include a meeting on April 15 in Hale Akoakoa Room 105 at Windward Community College from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. A map of the proposed tracts is available online.