Hawaii Governor Wants To Make Peace With Groups Opposing PLDC

Sophie Cocke/ Civil Beat

Gov. Neil Abercrombie has asked the Public Land Development Corporation to take a break while a top administration official meets with critics to try to placate mounting concerns about the agency.

At a press conference the day after Thanksgiving, the governor announced that William Aila, chair of the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, will be meeting with stakeholders to address objections to proposed rules to govern the agency. Aila, who stood by the governor's side Friday, is also on the board of the PLDC.

Aila said that some of the groups he will meet with include labor unions, the Hawaii Farm Bureau, the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs, the Surfrider Foundation and the Sierra Club. He said that the process is expected to take a month or two.

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