The PLDC is egregiously bad: It guts county responsibility and home rule for land use planning. Many efforts and community input go in preparing county general plans, development plans and zoning. A few PLDC appointees should not bypass the counties.
Tinkering with the PLDC rules to improve them is deceptive; PLDC remains a blatant state’s take-cover of county planning responsibility. To justify “exemptions” with the precedent of DHHL is disingenuous in ignoring Hawaii history and is misleading because the county does not have jurisdiction on DHHL. [We need] a true social contract: progressive legislation to enable Community Benefits Agreements to spell out a transparent process for the impacted community, the government and the developers. This would work also for TOD, schools and harbors that require public-private-community partnerships. Finally government must not exempt itself from its own rules, but enhance their doability via simplification, best management practices, and pilot projects.