Unfortunately, Defend Oahu Coalition is probably making the right move by halting further interaction with Turtle Bay Resort (“Turtle Bay Say,” Jan. 15). Any interaction with the public allows the developer to appear to the Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) as if they are seeking input from the community and rectifying any issues. I work for a private urban-planning firm on Oahu and this type of tactic is used regularly by planners and developers. Developers know how to haggle. They propose an excessive amount of development and then as they scale back to the size they really want, they pat the community and kupuna on the back and thank them for their input. And every change of plans (no matter what the source) that could be viewed as addressing community concerns is advertised as such. Then, when DPP reviews an Environmental Impact Statement, they are under the impression that community concerns were adequately addressed.
Keep the Country Country. Name withheld