On December 5, 2007, members of the Hawaii Community Development Authority ("HCDA") selected Anthony J. H. Ching as its new executive director according to a press release by the HCDA. Ching's appointment creates a vacancy at the State Land Use Commission ("LUC") where he was the Executive Officer since 2001.
A replacement executive officer has not yet been appointed by the LUC. The executive officer acts as the administrative head of the LUC staff. Among other duties, he prepares a hearings calendar and the agenda for all meetings; certifies all decisions and orders and other actions of the LUC; responds to public information requests; interprets land use district boundaries; and conducts the prehearing conference for district boundary amendment proceedings before the LUC. See HAR §15-15-07. The executive officer also receives and reviews a petition for district boundary amendment for completeness, thus serving as a gatekeeper to appearances before the LUC. See HAR §§15-15-51(e), (f).
Ching will assume his duties at the HCDA on January 2, 2008.