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KAILUA-KONA >> A planning commission on the Big Island has scheduled a visit to the site of a proposed 40-unit resort development before considering approval of a slate of requests from the developer.

The Leeward Planning Commission on Thursday planned the visit for next month for the 10-acre coastal property at Anaehoomalu Bay owned by Waikoloa BC LLC, West Hawaii Today reported.

The developer’s requests include subdividing the property, rezoning a section and granting a special management area use permit.

The developer is seeking to split the property into a 2-acre area and a nearly 8-acre area. The larger section would house the resort, which would include rental bungalows and two-story duplexes. Another two-story structure, a restaurant space and a caretaker’s cottage are planned for the site.

Planning department officials suggested the visit, saying the project was still being formulated. Officials said the department had unresolved concerns regarding parking availability, public access and the project’s potential impact on historic trails.

The developer is making an effort to listen to residents’ concerns, which included questions on the potential impact to shoreline access, and natural and cultural resources, said Sidney Fuke, a planning consultant retained by the developer.

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