The purpose of this report is to identify state-wide rural programs for policy and action in four areas:
1) Local, Sustainable Agriculture and Regional Food Systems
3) Rural Business Development, and
The HRDC partnered with the State Land Use Commission and the Office of State Planning in 2006 to facilitate county level planning meetings to gather input on agriculture and rural land use designations. While community stakeholders in many rural areas did engage in these land use discussions, the HRDC recognizes the long-term nature of this issue and therefore, obtained a grant from the Hawaii Community Foundation to develop materials to educate community stakeholders about the land use planning process. This will help ensure that community members are empowered to shape their community now and in the future.
The Hawaii Rural Development Council was contracted by the Executive Officer of the State Land Use Commission, to conduct two rounds of public meetings that collected input regarding potential changes to Hawaii’s Rural District designation. This document reports on the process and products of the public meetings.