Neighbor’s appeal of Waimea subdivision denied

HILO — A Waimea woman’s appeal of a small subdivision uphill from her property has been denied by the Board of Appeals.

Board Chairman Dean Au said Monday that the board denied the appeal of Carol Adelkoff, allowing Douglas and Ruth Dick to subdivide 5 acres into two lots. The County Council in 2013 rezoned the property at 64-617 Mamalahoa Highway from Agriculture 5 acres to Family Agriculture 2 acres.

“At the time, the planning director and Planning Department made the right decision based on the information they had,” Au said.

Much of Friday was taken up with witnesses who described and showed photos of flooding of Adelkoff’s property, saying it was most pronounced in the summer of 2016.

Flooding during that time reached 15-18 inches in Adelkoff’s yard, requiring her to have sandbags placed around her doors, said witness Brian Kilb.