Decision pending on school’s land petition

PUHI — After years of planning and deliberation, Island School’s efforts to reclassify 38.4 acres of land to urban usage could be decided in July.

David Pratt, Island School Board of Directors vice president and chair of development, said he is waiting for the next step in the process after a March 22 Land Use Commission hearing regarding the reclassification of agricultural land to urban use.

“What’s next is a Land Use Commission meeting where they either approve or reject, decision making meeting,” Pratt said. “They’re trying to schedule that and I’m hopeful that it’ll be by the end of June or early July.”

Island School Island School wants to reclassify its land to urban use in order fulfill the school’s master plan.

The plan includes additional campus facilities to accommodate a projected increase in student enrollment from its current 370 students to 500, according to the original petition. The plan also calls for 22 new full-time positions.

Kauai Community College is also making an effort to reclassify its land, although school officials told TGI previously that they have no immediate plans to use the land for campus expansion or to build facilities.

Pratt said that Island School and KCC have collaborated on each other’s reclassification petitions.

“They’re our next door neighbors,” he said.

Pratt said that he didn’t want to speculate on Island School’s chances to have its petition accepted. He did, however, say he was optimistic about the school’s presentation.

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