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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, January 25, 2010

UH regents to vote on parts of Mauna Kea plan Thursday

Advertiser Staff

The University of Hawaii Board of Regents will consider two aspects of the Mauna Kea Comprehensive Management Plan when it meets next Thursday on Maui, the Hawai'i Tribune-Herald reported.

Regents are expected to vote on approving an observatory decommissioning subplan and a public access subplan for Mauna Kea.

If the subplans are approved, they and two other subplans relating to the mountain's natural and cultural resources, would face approval by the Board of Land and Natural Resources.

The land board in April approved the Mauna Kea Comprehensive Management Plan and ordered the university to develop the four subplans within a year. Opponents of the plan filed a lawsuit in late 2009 but a court dismissed it on jurisdictional grounds.

The regents' meeting begins at 9:15 a.m. at Maui Community College.