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DRAFT HAMAKUA CDP FOCUSED DISCUSSION —Agriculture —May 25,2o16 <br />Laupahoehoe Library — Humanities Room, Laupahoehoe <br />Excerpts from the Draft H -am akua CDP <br />The rationale behind each strategy is in the Draft CDP Rationale Document <br />County Land Use Policies & Actions <br />"Land Use Policies" are the official land use policy guidance for the Hamakua CDP planning area and shall be <br />implemented through all County of Hawai'i actions. In addition, the Land Use Policies shall inform County <br />recommendations to other agencies, including the State Land Use Commission regarding district boundary <br />amendments, special permits, and other applications in the Hamakua Planning Area. The Land Use Policies within <br />the Hamakua CDP limit the range of decisions that can be made in the future; for instance, land use policies that <br />specifically designate future settlement or transportation patterns. These binding, sometimes restrictive policy <br />controls may include use of the term "shall," which, from a legal standpoint, means the policy is imperative or <br />mandatory. <br />"County Actions" are the official County policies to guide future County priorities and initiatives, including <br />operating and capital budgets. These policies are not mandated, legally -binding, or self -implementing; rather, <br />they often require additional legislative and administrative directives before being implemented (e.g., land <br />acquisition, capital improvement appropriations, code changes, incentive measures). <br />3.1. Land Use & Settlement Patterns <br />All of the CDP Land Use Policies are designed to preserve the preferred future settlement pattern and achieve the <br />Community Objectives. Land Use Policies that are designed to protect coastal areas, agricultural lands, mauka <br />forests, scenic areas, sensitive ecosystems, cultural resources, and public access are included in related elements of <br />Section 4: Protect and Enhance Natural and Cultural Resources, below. The Land Use Policies in section 3.1 speak <br />more generally to the preservation of the preferred land use and settlement pattern in Hamakua, including the <br />relative location of residential, commercial, industrial, rural, and agricultural areas. <br />Land Use Policies <br />Policy 4: In order to preserve larger lot agricultural lands for productive agricultural use, allow rural development <br />on lands near urban areas where an intermediate land use between residential and productive agricultural areas <br />is consistent with the surrounding uses and rural character. This is reflected in the location of "Rural" (R) areas on <br />the official Land Use Policy Map, which is intended to facilitate changes of zone to "Residential and Agricultural <br />District" (RA) or the "Family Agricultural District" (FA). The maximum density for the Rural designation in the <br />Planning Area shall be 1 unit per 1 acre. <br />Policy 5: In the official Land Use Policy Map, the urban growth boundary between developed areas (designated <br />"Low/Medium Density Urban") and lands designated as agricultural or rural (designated "Important Agriculture <br />Land" or "Extensive Agriculture" or "Rural") is intended to be parcel -specific in the Hamakua CDP planning area. <br />Areas that are clearly beyond the designated urban growth boundaries shall be preserved as rural or agricultural <br />lands to maintain open space, scenic view planes, and natural beauty areas. <br />This policy clarifies that the urban growth boundary established with the Hamakua CDP Land Use Policy Map <br />establishes parcel specific UGBs whenever practical at the intersection between Urban and Rural/Agricultural land <br />uses. The CDP strategy of designating parcel -specific Urban designations adds clarity and specificity, increases <br />Draft Hamakua CDP <br />