CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN of a public hearing to be held by the Planning Commission of the City and County of Honolulu:
PLACE: Mission Memorial Conference Room, Mission Memorial Building,
550 South King Street, Honolulu, Hawaii
DATE: Wednesday, February 3, 2016
TIME: 1:30 p.m.
Public hearing notice published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on January 1, 2016.
KUNIA, CENTRAL OAHU – STATE SPECIAL USE PERMIT – 2015/SUP-4
HAWAII AGRICULTURE RESEARCH CENTER AND SOLAR HUB UTILITIES, LLC
Applicants: Hawaii Agriculture Research Center and Solar Hub Utilities, LLC
Owners: Hawaii Agriculture Research Center and Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.
Location: Mauka of the H-1 Freeway Interchange at Kunia Road
Tax Map Key: 9-2-001: Portion of 011
Existing Use: Private Road
Existing Zoning: AG-1 Restricted Agricultural District
Land Area: Approximately 1 acre
Request: To construct a 500-megawatt photovoltaic solar energy facility (SEF) on an existing road
This hearing is to be held under the provisions of Chapters 46, 92, and 205, Hawaii Revised Statutes, as amended, Articles VI and XIII, Revised Charter of the City and County of Honolulu, 1973, as amended, Sections 2-40, 2-43 and 2-44 of the Rules of the Planning Commission, City and County of Honolulu, and Chapter 15-15 of the Hawaii Administrative Rules.
The particular sections of statutes and rules involved include Section 205-4.5(a)(20) of the Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS), as amended, relating to SEFs on Class “A” lands, Section 205-6, HRS, relating to Special Use Permits, and Subchapter 4 of Chapter 2 and Section 2-45 of the Rules of the Planning Commission. The applicants are requesting a Special Use Permit to allow an SEF on lands with soil classified by the land study bureau’s detailed land classification as overall (master) productivity rating class A, provided the SEF is:
(A) Located on a paved or unpaved road in existence as of December 31, 2013, and the parcel of land upon which the paved or unpaved road is located has a valid county agriculture tax dedication status or a valid agricultural conservation easement;
(B) Placed in a manner that still allows vehicular traffic to use the road; and
(C) Granted a Special Use Permit by the Commission pursuant to Section 205-6;
Any party may retain counsel if the party so desires, and an individual may appear on his own behalf, or a member of a partnership may represent the partnership, or an officer or authorized employee of a corporation or trust or association may represent the corporation, trust, or association.
Any person or agency wishing to intervene as a party in the proceeding shall file a petition with the Commission within fourteen (14) days after this notice is published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. The petition must conform to the requirements of Subchapter 5 of the Rules of the Planning Commission, which are available at the Department of Planning and Permitting. A contested case hearing may be held on the matter pursuant to action by the Planning Commission to grant the petition.
Public testimony is to be taken at the hearing. Fifteen (15) copies of written testimony should be filed with the Planning Commission at least two business days before the date of the public hearing. One copy may be faxed to 768-6743.
Information regarding the public hearing can be obtained by contacting the Planning Commission, 7th Floor, Frank F. Fasi Municipal Building, 650 South King Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813, telephone 768-8007. Special services for people with disabilities will be provided upon prior request.
DEAN I. HAZAMA, Chair
GEORGE I. ATTA, FAICP, Director
Department of Planning and Permitting