The Hawaii State Association of Counties reports receiving more than 800 emails in opposition to the state’s Public Land Development Corporation.
HSAC President Mel Rapozo stated in a Monday press release that the overwhelming public response sent to him over the course of three days prompted the association to approve on Friday a resolution seeking the repeal of Act 55, which created the PLDC.
The PLDC came under fire this summer during a round of public hearings over the new organization’s administrative rules. The state entity was created for the purpose of generating revenue from public lands by entering into various public-private partnerships. Complaints have centered around what many consider to be the PLDC’s overly-broad authority in developing properties.
The HSAC resolution is similar to one previously passed by the Hawaii County Council and the Kauai County Council. Maui has a similar resolution currently working its way through the council’s policy committee.
The Honolulu City Council, meanwhile, has not yet placed the issue on its meeting agenda.
Should all four Hawaii counties approve the HSAC resolution, it will be included in the association’s 2013 Legislative Package. The 2013 Legislative Session begins on Jan. 16.