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Clamp down on abusers of 'farmlands'


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, May 04, 2014

~~<p>Any law-abiding citizen who heeds zoning and building codes should be offended by the 20-plus house-like structures that have cropped up at Kunia Loa Ridge Farmlands despite a state law and landowner rules that expressly prohibit dwellings there. Outraged, too, should be homeowners who pay property taxes at rates based on their land's permitted use and expect others to likewise comply with land-use designations.</p>
<p>At issue are at least 20 structures that have been built on leased lots within the 854-acre Kunia Loa Ridge project, which a 2006 state law enabled. Aimed at aiding agricultural ventures across the state, the law allows ag lands to be subdivided and leased minus county standards such as sidewalks and street lights -- but only for actual farming or ranching. The law is clear: Homes are not allowed, not even temporary dwellings such as trailers and campers.</p>
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Any law-abiding citizen who heeds zoning and building codes should be offended by the 20-plus house-like structures that have cropped up at Kunia Loa Ridge Farmlands despite a state law and landowner rules that expressly prohibit dwellings there. Outraged, too, should be homeowners who pay property taxes at rates based on their land's permitted use and expect others to likewise comply with land-use designations.

At issue are at least 20 structures that have been built on leased lots within the 854-acre Kunia Loa Ridge project, which a 2006 state law enabled. Aimed at aiding agricultural ventures across the state, the law allows ag lands to be subdivided and leased minus county standards such as sidewalks and street lights -- but only for actual farming or ranching. The law is clear: Homes are not allowed, not even temporary dwellings such as trailers and campers. Login for more...



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