2011 Hawaii Code
206. Oahu Land Development
§206-7 Property which shall not be acquired for development projects.

HI Rev Stat § 206-7 (2011 through Reg Sess) What's This?

§206-7 Property which shall not be acquired for development projects. In declaring development areas, and acquiring land therein, the board of land and natural resources shall avoid disturbing existing uses which are in accord with the highest use permitted under any existing zoning ordinance in the political subdivision concerned.

The board shall not acquire for development projects:

(1) Lands already developed and improved as business or industrial areas where use of the lands for residential purposes or as a part of a development project would be economically unsound or where an undue hardship would be suffered by the community through loss of service because of the acquisition;

(2) Lands already in use for residential purposes by the owner thereof or by a lessee holding a lease with an original term of twenty years or more, except where the acquisition of parts of the lands is reasonably necessary for the proper development of a project, but in no case shall any part of the lands be taken where the taking will reduce the parcel to less than three acres in extent;

(3) Lands in the process of subdivision and development where the owner or the owner's agent has provided that at least fifty per cent of the lots to be sold shall be sold in fee simple, prepared subdivision and construction plans, arranged for financing, and applied to government agencies and otherwise taken such steps as may be appropriate for the construction of the proposed development in good faith and filed an affidavit with the board to that effect;

(4) Lands used or to be used as sites for churches, private or parochial schools, clubs, meeting houses, other private uses of a community, civic, social, or religious nature;

provided that portions of the lands mentioned under (1), (2), (3), and (4) of this section, or interests therein, may be taken to provide access and utility easements where no other reasonable means of access or utility easements are available.

In acquiring agricultural land for a development project, where the land though used for agricultural purposes is not being used in accord with the highest use permitted under any existing zoning ordinance, the board shall exercise all reasonable care not to jeopardize the agricultural enterprise concerned. If, however, the board finds that the land is necessary for a development project, it may provide assistance, monetary or otherwise, in relocating the enterprise elsewhere or pay such damages to the owner or operator of such enterprise as will reasonably compensate the owner or operator for the owner's or operator's loss, if the owner or operator has not already been so compensated under a lease agreement, or both. [L 1961, c 6, §8; am L 1965, c 157, §2; Supp, §98J-8; HRS §206-7; gen ch 1985]

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