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Kauai landowners might pay for more time to build

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LIHUE, Hawaii >> Owners of nonresidential land on Kauai may get more time to build additional dwelling units on their properties.

The practice was discontinued about seven years ago. But the Garden Island reports that property owners can build if they submitted the proper forms and permit paperwork before that time.

Many proposed projects slowed when the economic recession hit in 2008. There were nearly 460 proposed but only 130 got off the ground.

The deadline to finish those projects is in December, but county officials are considering giving property owners more time if they pay a $750 annual fee.

Some residents say that fee would be too much to handle. They say it would hinder longstanding ambitions to build on land that has been within their families for generations.

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