Monday, June 12, 2017

Nursing Facility, Zoning Change And Haiku Stairs On Agenda For Kaneohe Neighborhood Board

The agenda is set for our meeting on Thursday, June 15, and we hope you will join us. Details are below. To review the complete agenda online, click on this link.

Avalon Health Care Group: A representative will present information about a proposed skilled nursing facility to be built on Hawaii State Hospital property. The facility is planned for 5 acres adjacent to Windward Community College. Avalon representatives told our agenda planning meeting that the facility will have 150 beds. They said it will provide skilled nursing care for a mix of elderly, medically complex and non-violent psychiatric patients.  Representatives told our meeting that the facility is expected to create 290 jobs during a 14-month construction period, followed by 168 fulltime staff jobs. The project still must receive state approval. (Corrected from original version, which said federal approval also was required.)

Zone Change: Richard Maruya is scheduled to present information about a zone change he is requesting for property at 44-740 Kaneohe Bay Drive. The Bay Drive Market currently occupies the site. Mr. Maruya  told our agenda planning meeting that he wants to change the zoning from an R-5 residential designation to B-2, which is for businesses serving several neighborhoods.

Haiku Stairs: We are scheduled to consider a resolution about the future of the stairs. The Board of Water Supply, which manages the stairs, is developing an environmental impact statement focused on removing them. Our May meeting included extensive testimony from community members who favor removal and those who favor preserving the stairs for hiking.  In a commentary about the meeting, Neighborhood Board Chairman Mo Radke wrote that he supports a managed access plan as a way to preserve hiking opportunities while relieving the neighborhood near the base of the stairs from persistent disruptions by trespassing hikers.

Other Business: Our agenda always includes time for reports from the Fire and Police Departments, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, elected officials from the state and local levels, community organizations, and our Board committees.

Details: The Board meeting will take place in the cafeteria of Benjamin Parker Elementary School, 45-259 Waikalua Road, starting at 7 p.m. Click on this link to read the full agenda and find more information about agenda topics. Also, the minutes of our May meeting are now available. Click on the highlighted link to read them.

We welcome your comments, in person and online
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