Committee votes against rezoning bill

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A Hawaii County Council committee has voted against a proposal to require developers to provide recreation and firefighting facilities as a condition of rezoning.

West Hawaii Today reports Monday's vote by the Planning Committee was 5-2. The full council is to take up the measure October 6.

The bill introduced by Kohala Councilman Pete would address a lack of parks and fire stations in areas, such as Puna and Kau, that have seen rapid population growth.

The measure was first considered in April. Hoffman says it was subsequently postponed three times, in part, because of apparent opposition from developers.

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