UPDATE: A Major Break Through!

A Major Break Through
An historic agreement to conserve Kawela Bay, Kahuku Point and approximately 80 percent of the Turtle Bay Resort lands was announced yesterday by Governor Neil Abercrombie, Senator Clayton Hee, Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Council Chair Ernie Martin,  Attorney General David Loui, Turtle Bay Resort's Drew Stotesbury, Trust for Public Land's Lea Hong, and North Shore Community Land Trust's Doug Cole. Attached is the revised development plan from today's article in the Honolulu Star Advertiser. You can watch the replay of yesterday's press conference online at:

This is a major break through in efforts to reduce the scale of resort expansion and the related environmental and traffic impacts from the 1986 plan to develop new 3500 resort units.  We applaud the resort management team, state and city government officials and the land trust representatives for their successful negotiations that will preserve miles of precious coastline for public benefit and enjoyment, in perpetuity.

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Keep The North Shore Country ("KNSC") filed a lawsuit asking the Circuit
Court to require Turtle Bay Resort, LLC, ("Turtle Bay") to properly study the environmental
impacts of its proposed expansion plan. KNSC requests Turtle Bay's Supplemental
Environmental Impact Statement (“SEIS”) be set aside for five specific reasons:
One, Turtle Bay failed to accurately describe the proposed project and
therefore it is impossible to legally evaluate the project's actual
environmental impacts;
Two, Turtle Bay uses the “Full Build Out” alternative from 1985 for the
purpose of environmental impact comparisons, even though Turtle Bay
has no intention of pursuing the "Full Build Out," thereby skewing the
Three, the SEIS does not adequately and vigorously evaluate a “No
Action" alternative as specifically required under the law;
Four, the SEIS fails to adequately evaluate cumulative traffic impacts;
Five, the SEIS violates the law by failing to properly evaluate the impacts
for wetlands, marine water quality and threatened and endangered species.
In 2010, the Hawai`i Supreme Court determined a 1985 Environmental Impact
Statement was no longer valid for the Turtle Bay Resort's planned expansion. KNSC and
Sierra Club, Hawaii Chapter were the plaintiffs in that case, known as Unite Here! vs.
City & County of Honolulu.
The Final SEIS was accepted by the City & County of Honolulu Department of
Planning and Permitting ("DPP") on October 3, 2013 and public notification of this
decision was given on October 23, 2013. KNSC provided extensive comments to DPP
and Turtle Bay on the Draft SEIS, including grave concerns about the lack of proper
baseline analysis: the "No Action" alternative. Unfortunately, the Final SEIS remains
fatally flawed and should have been rejected by DPP.

Here is a copy of the complaint

Here is our official Press Release

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