Newly planned community near BYU-H could change the shape of Laie

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hopes to expand on an old plan to build a new community with 1,200 homes, a shopping center, churches, parks and a light industrial park in Malaekahana near La'ie.

The plan driven by the growth needs of Brigham Young University-Hawai'i will shape La'ie and Malaekahana for the next 50 years and could create a whole new town. The plan is also meant to address education, housing and job issues facing the community.

Envision La'ie, a group of planners commissioned by the Mormon Church, will present its findings and proposals to the Ko'olauloa Neighborhood Board tonight.

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