Commission grants petitions for contested case hearings over proposed Banyans condo

People enjoy watching the waves at Banyans surf spot. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

A sign protesting the proposed condo at Banyans surf spot is hung next to the notice of application. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

A surfer catches a wave at Banyans on Friday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — Two Kona residents pushing back against a proposed five-story, 11-unit condominium on the makai side of Alii Drive had their petitions granted for contested case hearings Thursday by the Leeward Planning Commission.