Planning Commission update

Public access

The commission held a public hearing on a council bill to protect public access for projects that are going through the subdivision process, over which the planning commission has authority.

The proposed language change requires property owners to dedicate land for public access to the mountains and the shore line, said Ray Chuan, who attended the meeting. The condition also will be applied before final subdivision is given a property owner, Chuan said.

Limiting ag use

The commission held a public hearing on a council bill intending to prevent homeowner associations from passing rules that would limit agricultural uses in agricultural subdivisions.

Kauai Backcountry Adventures

The commission was scheduled to continue a public hearing on a proposal by Kauai Backcountry Adventures to conduct outdoor recreational and commercial activities on 15 acres mauka of Lihu’e and Puhi.

The recreational activities include kayak and tuberidng tours, off-road van tours, hiking, mountain bike tours, ATV tours and horseback riding.

Kauai Backcountry hopes to use the land through a use agreement with the landowner, Grove Farm Co.

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