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COUNTY OF HAWAII <br />RESOLUTION NO. <br />STATE OF HAWAII <br />A RESOLUTION TO ADOPT THE PAHOA VILLAGE DESIGN GUIDELINES DATED <br />OCTOBER 2013. <br />WHEREAS, the Hawaii State Constitution, Article IX, Section 6, Management of <br />Population Growth, states: "The State and its political subdivisions, as provided by general law, <br />shall plan and manage the growth of the population to protect and preserve the public health and <br />welfare; except that each political subdivision, as provided by general law, may plan and manage <br />the growth of its population in a more restrictive manner than the State "; and <br />WHEREAS, the Hawaii County Charter, section 3 -15, from which the General Plan <br />emerged as a major policy document, states, in part: "The county council shall adopt by <br />ordinance a general plan which shall set forth the council's policy for long -range comprehensive <br />physical development of the county. It shall contain a statement of development objectives, <br />standards and principles with respect to the most desirable use of land within the county for <br />residential, recreational, agricultural, commercial, industrial and other purposes ... and such other <br />matters as may, in the council's judgment, be beneficial to the social, economic, and <br />governmental conditions and trends and shall be designed to assure the coordinated development <br />of the county and to promote the general welfare and prosperity of its people... No public <br />improvement or project, or subdivision or zoning ordinance, shall be initiated or adopted unless <br />the same conforms to and implements the general plan "; and <br />WHEREAS, the Hawaii County General Plan, Section 15.1. Community Development <br />Plans, states, in part: "The Community Development Plans are intended to be the forum for <br />community input into managing growth and coordinating the delivery of government services to <br />the community. The Community Development Plans will translate the broad General Plan <br />statements to specific actions as they apply to specific geographical areas "; and <br />WHEREAS, pursuant to the provisions of the General Plan to ensure responsible growth <br />and preserve the public health and welfare, the Puna Community Development Plan, as <br />amended, was adopted by Ordinance No. 08 -116, effective September 10, 2008; and <br />WHEREAS, the Puna Community Development Plan identifies Pahoa as a Regional <br />Town Center with historic development patterns that define a unique "sense of place" and as a <br />strong candidate for Special Design District designation; and <br />WHEREAS, the Puna Community Development Plan calls for the preparation of a <br />Regional Town Center plan through an inclusive community based process that involves major <br />stakeholders, including landowners, community representatives, and public agencies; and <br />