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LUPAG Frequently Asked Questions <br />1. What is LUPAG? <br />LUPAG is the acronym for the Land Use Pattern Allocation Guide in the Hawai'i County General Plan. <br />The LUPAG is a broad, flexible design tool to guide the direction and quality of future developments <br />in a coordinated and rational manner. It indicates the general location of various land uses in <br />relation to each other. <br />State land use boundary amendments, changes in zone, project districts, subdivisions, planned unit <br />developments, use permits, variances, and plan approval must be consistent with the General Plan. <br />LUPAG designations can be revised through either a General Plan Interim Amendment or the General <br />Plan Comprehensive Review, which is completed approximately every ten years. <br />2. How do the LUPAG designations relate to County Zoning? <br />The LUPAG designations guide decisions related to future land use. For example, any proposed <br />rezoning must be consistent with the LUPAG. However, County zoning determines a parcel's current <br />permitted land use and development entitlements. <br />3. What does it mean if a LUPAG designation is changed for a particular parcel? <br />The LUPAG designations do not change a parcel's underlying County zoning or State Land Use District <br />and therefore do not affect a parcel's permitted uses or entitlements. A change in the LUPAG <br />designation simply changes the guidance for future land use decisions, particularly relating to rezone <br />requests (generally initiated by the property owner). The County would likely support a rezone <br />request that is consistent with the LUPAG designation. <br />4. Is the Hdmdkua CDP Official Land Use Policy Map the some as the LUPAG Map? <br />No — they are not exactly the same. The CDP Land Use Guide Map serves two purposes. First, it <br />serves as the land use guide for the Hamakua CDP planning area. However, if there is a direct conflict <br />between the CDP and the General Plan, the General Plan (including the LUPAG) shall be controlling. <br />Second, the CDP Land Use Policy Map serves as a guide to future LUPAG amendments. The General <br />Plan authorizes CDPs to make recommendations regarding amending the General Plan — including its <br />maps. The Hamakua CDP is using its Land Use Guide Map as the tool to recommend LUPAG <br />amendments. These LUPAG amendments require further action after the CDP is adopted through a <br />process involving public hearings before the Planning Commission and the County Council. <br />5. LUPAG Important Agricultural Lands Designation vs. State Important Agricultural Lands (IAL): <br />It is important to recognize that the current General Plan uses the term "Important Agricultural <br />Lands" as one of its agricultural categories, but there is no correlation to the State's Important <br />Agricultural Lands designation from Hawai'i Revised Statues §205-41 through 52. The LUPAG <br />terminology is expected to be revised in the upcoming General Plan Comprehensive Review to avoid <br />confusion concerning these two, unrelated land use designations. <br />Hdmdkua CDP November 2016 <br />