Big Island development could lose golf course permits

Big Island development could lose golf course permits

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - A Big Island development project that has gone through a series of delays spanning two decades could lose permits that would have allowed six 18-hole championship golf courses on the property.

West Hawaii Today reports that Hawaii County Planning Director Duane Kanuha is recommending that the Leeward Planning Commission revoke the permit for the golf courses that was issued in 1991. He says the Aina Lea project is now in violation of conditions set during its approval.

When Aina Lea was first approved for the courses and a golf academy, the county zoning for the land was unplanned. By 2005, the area had an agricultural designation, preventing golf courses and driving ranges from being built at the site.

The commission is set to consider Kanuha's recommendation Thursday.

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