Planners to align zoning code with state on golf courses

An amendment going before the county’s planning commissions will bring the county’s zoning code into line with the state Land Use Commission rules.

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An amendment going before the county’s planning commissions will bring the county’s zoning code into line with the state Land Use Commission rules.

The LUC in 2005 amended its rules to prohibit golf courses and related golf course uses, such as driving ranges, club houses and maintenance buildings, from being built on land in the agriculture district, according to the Planning Department’s explanation of the proposed amendment, which is scheduled to be first heard March 6 before the Windward Planning Commission in Hilo.

The LUC’s change was to allow golf courses only on land in the urban and rural districts, Planning Director Duane Kanuha said in a voice message left with West Hawaii Today Wednesday.

The county has not approved any golf courses on agricultural district land since the 2005 change, Planning Program Manager Daryn Arai said Wednesday. Golf courses on agricultural land approved prior to July 1, 2005, would still be permitted, if not yet constructed.

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The changes would be applied to 12 places within the zoning code.

The Windward Planning Commission meets at 9:30 a.m. March 6. The Leeward Planning Commission has not yet released its agenda for its March meeting.

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