Gov. Neil Abercrombie recently asked the Public Land Development Corp. (PLDC) to put off any action on pending rules while the state fully considers and addresses public concerns about the agency.
The governor said in a statement that he had asked the organization's board to postpone any meetings until the concerns are considered.
Critics say the law creating the agency--passed last year--allows land to be developed without zoning rules or other restrictions.
"I think that Gov. Abercrombie is doing the right thing," said Mahina Martin, the founder of PLDC Watch on Maui. "Putting the brakes on any further advancement by the PLDC shows respect for what communities across Hawai'i want."
The governor said he doesn't want the potential for the corporation to accomplish public good to be lost because the state failed to account for reservations.
He said his administration will do its best to alleviate public concerns. But he said the Legislature created the agency and will be the ones to decide its future.