Gov. Abercrombie signs repeal of PLDC

PLDC

It’s the R.I.P. for the controversial state agency PLDC.

On Monday, Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed the repeal of the Public Lands Development Corporation, which had been set up to fast-track private partnerships for projects on underused state lands.

“As with any new law, public understanding and support are essential. In the case of the PLDC, best intentions and the potential for public good could not be reconciled with public concerns,” Gov. Abercrombie said.

Critics had said the agency was given too much power and feared environmental oversight could have been short-circuited.

They also took issue with public-notice problems when the state agency took shape two years ago.

After rallies against the PLDC at the State Capitol during the legislative session, lawmakers passed the measure to repeal the agency.

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