Hilo, Hawaii – VIDEO by David Corrigan
A bill changing the district classification of over 50 acres of land in Keahou to accommodate a resort style residential neighborhood sparked a debate over gated communities during Wednesday’s County Council meeting.
Last year, the Kona Community Development Plan officially frowned on gated communities for their supposed negative impact on local “interconnectivity”. Now, the Hawaii County Police Department is saying the barrier can be a big obstacle in the timely response to emergency calls originating in such exclusive neighborhoods.
Councilman Donald Ikeda introduced an amendment to the Keauhou reclassification bill in order to reflect some ideas on how to fix the potential public safety issues with such gates. Other councilmembers agreed that gated communities may be best served to provide some sort of security whenever the gate is “active”, in order to assist with such emergencies.
The county voted to approve the bill, as amended.