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Environmental News (Jackie Parnell)
Hawaii's Land Use Boundary Review
Which Is What? Environmental Council / Quality Commission
What's an EIS?
How's the Quality of Your Air?
Hawaii Receives Coastal Zone Planning Funds
Do You Need a Water Permit ? !!! ###
FRESH - Facilities Requirements Evaluation, State of Hawaii
What Is the League Doing?
Kauai LWV Take a Bow

Hawaii's Land Use Boundary Review

(Rated "R" for Redistribution)

What's it all about?

Hawaii's State Land Use Law requires that the Land Use Commission (LUC) conduct a comprehensive review of all land use district boundaries every five years In formal workshops were held during late spring and summer to get public input, and public hearings have been held on proposed revisions to LUC's rules and regulations. Final public hearings will be held in the Fall, and the commission will take action in Dec.


Before any area can be developed it must have the proper State and County zoning: redistricting to Urban by the LUC is the first step. In this c year review the LUC received "letters of intent" from landowners and developers to reclassify to Urban some 42,000 acres across the state, mostly for resort and residential use. Of this amount the LUC decided that 13,800 acres ere of "sufficient interest and merit" to go thru public hearings and be acted upon. The LUC will also consider taking 20,000 acres out of Urban District and rutting it into Conservation and Agriculture. Some of the proposed changes represent major policy decisions affecting future growth.


  1. Find out what's proposed for your area. The LUC has prepared a summary of Land Use proposals for all Islands, which may be obtained from its office. Copies of the proposals for specific areas are available for public viewing at LUC office in Honolulu, Planning Commission offices in Honolulu, Hilo and Wailuku; Kauai Planning Dept., Lihue: public libraries Lanai City, Kaunakakai, Molokai; Kailua-Kona, Hawaii; and koalakekua, Hawaii,

  2. Analyze the potential impacts of proposals for 2.22r area. The public usually doesn't awaken to what might happen until it does happen, and then it's too late. Do your best to estimate the potential social , economic, and environmental impacts that might result from the cumulative effects of all the proposals for the area or region in which you live.

(*Based on Sierra Club publication "A Citizens Guide to the State of Hawaii 5-year Boundary Review)

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