Big Island development permit delayed amid residents' concerns

Big Island development permit delayed amid residents' concerns

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - A proposed 300-unit condominium development on the Big Island will be the subject of a contested case hearing following concerns from residents who say the development will interfere with the land's historic sites.

West Hawaii Today reports that the Leeward Planning Commission has decided against granting the necessary permit for the Ocean Villas development at Kahaluu Bay to move forward. Instead, the commission approved residents' request for a contested case hearing, although a date has not yet been set.

Opponents of the 43-acre project say more archaeological surveys should be conducted to document the land's 58 historical sites, which also include burials.

The developers say they are in compliance with standards set by regulatory agencies.

A study last year found that the project wouldn't have a significant environmental impact.

This story has been corrected to show the location of the project is the Big Island.

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