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Hilo charter school's build plans hit permit snag

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A hearing officer has advised the Hawaii County Planning Commission to deny a special permit to a Hilo charter school that wants to build a new campus.

A lawyer for Connections New Century Public Charter School told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald he expects the county's Windward Planning Commission to accept the recommendation and deny the permit at its May 1 meeting. He says the school will appeal that decision to the 3rd Circuit Court.

The school wants to build a new school and dormitories on 70 acres agricultural land it was given by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.

The hearing officer's report says that at full build-out the campus would need more water than it could access.

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