The Puna Community Development Plan Action Committee (PACDP AC) supports the rural limited-density, owner-built-dwelling initiative of the Hawaii Sustainable Community Alliance. This initiative is in accord with the PCDP.
In particular, the PCDP AC recognizes the needs and opportunities for a Hawaii County Sustainable Habitat policy as outlined in the HSCA’s proposed Sustainable Habitat Resolution.
Furthermore, the PCDP AC supports the purpose and intent of an ordinance proposed by HSCA, to:
- Provide minimum requirements for the protection of life, limb, health, property, safety, and welfare of the general public and the owners and occupants of limited density rural dwellings and appurtenant structures;
- Permit the use of the ingenuity and preferences of individual builders of dwellings on agricultural parcels in rural areas of Hawaii County for occupancy by the builder; and
- Allow the use of substitute materials and procedures and alternatives to the specifications prescribed by the uniform technical codes to the extent that a reasonable degree of health and safety is provided by such substitutes and alternatives.