Coastal land use workshop Friday in Lihu‘e

The Department of Land and Natural Resources Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands is offering free coastal land use workshops for landowners, planners, regulators, developers and the general public.

“These workshops will cover a range of important topics concerning coastal development,” said Peter Young, DLNR chairperson, in a press release.

“This includes understanding state shoreline certifications, landscaping, dune restoration, beach nourishment, emergency erosion control, hazard mitigation, county shoreline setbacks, jurisdictions, and more,” Young said in the release.

Dolan Eversole, a University of Hawai‘i, Sea Grant coastal geologist and workshop coordinator states in the release, “With the recent release of projections for global climate and sea-level change, it is critical we assess our coastal hazard zones and begin to develop a plan for dealing with the projected change in the shoreline. At the same time we are undergoing tremendous development pressure in these areas. We need to be proactive about dealing with potential coastal hazards and land use problems in these areas in order to protect Hawai‘i’s valuable coastal resources.”

The workshop here on Kaua‘i is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, at the Kaua‘i Convention Hall (Kaua‘i Ballroom) 4191 Hardy St., in Lihu‘e.

Future workshops are being planned in Hilo, Kona, Honolulu and Moloka‘i.

Reservations are not required.

For information call OCCL

at 587-0377 or visit www.

hawaii.gov/dlnr/occl/files/Workshops/OCCL-07workshops.pdf

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