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Old 04-29-2012, 10:20 AM
 
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Default What do zoning codes mean?

Can anyone point me to an explanation of zoning codes in Hawaii, or give me a brief summary? In particular, I'm curious about land I've seen that has a smaller acreage than implied by the code. For instance, I seem to have the impression that A20-A means the parcel can't be smaller than 20 acres, you can only have 1 house on it and it has to be for "agricultural use", whatever that means (not sure where I picked that up from). So what does it mean if someone's selling, say, 15 acres (with or without a house on it) that's zoned A20-A? What's up with that?

Thanks for indulging my ignorance...
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Old 04-29-2012, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Maui County, HI
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If you're talking about Oahu this site might be useful

Hawaii (Oahu) Zoning, Special Use and Building Permits
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Old 04-29-2012, 10:56 AM
 
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Thanks a lot, I'll see what I can find in there. I also - after some very roundabout googling - came across this (in case anyone else is interested):

County of Hawaii - County Code

Chapter 5, article 5, division 7 (p88). That answers some of the technical stuff, but if anyone can explain the specific thing I mentioned above, I'd be very interested.
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Old 04-29-2012, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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After you spend all your time trying to find your answer on-line, why not go to the source? Call the county planning department and ask them? They are going to be the ultimate decision maker anyway.
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Old 04-29-2012, 12:03 PM
 
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(a) Because I'm just curious at this stage, exploring the parameter space; and (b) I'm several thousand miles from the islands right now.

But yes, I'll do that if things progress.
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Old 04-29-2012, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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[quote=sliceoftoast;24080407] Because I'm several thousand miles from the islands right now.

HAWAII COUNTY PLANNING DEPARTMENT PHONE NUMBERS:
East HI: (808) 961-8288
West HI: (808) 323-4770

There probably is no easy answer. Just as an example: the land where my subdivision is located is zoned Ag. We have 1/3 ac lots, and no agriculture. The subdivision was approved as a planned development in the early 70's.
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Old 05-02-2012, 01:28 AM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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On Ag20 land you can have one residence for EACH 20 acres. If the lot is less than twenty acres you only get one house. If it is 40 acres, you can have two residences. If it is thirty nine acres, you only get one residence. If you can prove farming activity that requires more workers, you can have worker housing, too but that takes a lot of paperwork.
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Old 05-07-2012, 02:53 PM
 
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Thanks, that's an interesting place to start.
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