Complaint stops rezone plan for industrial yard

Complaint stops rezone plan for industrial yard

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - A Hilo woman has successfully protested a rezoning request that would have allowed a business co-owned by a municipal official to house pumping trucks in her residential neighborhood.

West Hawaii Today reports Arlene Kimata prevailed Friday at a Hawaii County Council meeting.

The council considered rezoning for a 40-by-180-foot warehouse built and permitted in 2012 as a single-family home in the residential neighborhood.

Residential space in the warehouse was never built. After Kimata complained, the business applied for a zoning change.

The rezoning request was withdrawn Friday when council members indicated they wouldn't approve it.

County Automotive Division chief Randy Riley says he's the victim in the matter. He says he didn't know what was being constructed for the business he co-owns until he saw it on the ground.

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