Over the last decade, Hawai`i County has approved Community Development Plans (CDPs) for most of the districts making up the Big Island. The Kona CDP was one of the first, adopted by the County Council in 2008, and resulted from years of community engagement.
But are the CDPs legally binding on the county, or do they merely provide guidance that county agencies may consider – but may also ignore – in making administrative decisions?
That question was at the heart of an appeal of the 2011 decision by then-Planning Director B.J. Leithead-Todd to approve an application to subdivide . . .
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