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UH Hilo closer to winning rezoning approval

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - The University of Hawaii at Hilo is a step closer to winning county approval for a rezoning plan that would make it easier to build housing and commercial facilities on campus and surrounding land.

West Hawaii Today reported the Windward Planning Commission on Thursday voted 6-1 to forward the plan to the Hawaii County Council with a positive recommendation.

The rezoning would change single-family residential and agricultural zones to a university district allowing flexible uses.

Despite community concerns, the commission gave up an 80-foot-wide right of way for a future road connecting two streets.

The university's real property director and a consultant said they wanted to remove the possible roadway to create a more cohesive central campus where students could walk or take shuttle buses to class.

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