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Hearing Alert: Ag lands are for food not hotels!Written by Nicole Lowen | Published in Smart Growth / Transport
Last week's guest post by Laura Thielen discussed SB 2341, a bill that would allow for vacation rentals on agricultural lands without requiring that agriculture remain the primary use of the land. This could lead to sprawling development, a loss of productive agricultural lands, and an increase in the cost of farming, exactly what Hawaii needs less of, not more! SB 2350, also discussed in last week's post, would allow ohana dwelling on ag lands. This post on HB 2317, a bill that is now dead but had similar contents, also explains why this is not a road the State should head down. These bills are scheduled for a hearing on Friday March 30th at 11:00 am in the House Committee on Water, Land, and Ocean resources. Please submit testimony here on both bills!
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Nicole Lowen has lived in Hawaii since 1996. After 12 years on the Big Island, watching (not smart) growth happen, traffic worsening, and beaches and open space being gobbled up by development at an alarming pace, she decided to come to Oahu, pursue a master's in Urban Planning, and become part of the solution. Nicole is a member of the Sierra Club Executive Committee, an avid hiker, wanna-be surfer, and general lover of the outdoors. She would like to see development (and re-development) in Hawaii that carefully considers the environment; improves the quality of life and health of Hawaii's residents; protects natural resources, and supports efforts to produce more of our own food and energy on the islands.