School’s permit request advances: Planning commission votes 4-1 to support Connections’ project

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald A car turns onto Kaumana Drive from Edita Street in Hilo on Thursday.

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald A sign protests the proposed Connections Charter School that would be built in the Kaumana neighborhood in Hilo on Thursday.

The Windward Planning Commission voted 4-1 Thursday to forward a favorable recommendation to the state Land Use Commission to grant a special permit for Connections New Century Public Charter School to build a campus on about 70 acres of agricultural-zoned state land in Hilo.