Revised Shoreline Setback Ordinance Is a Step Backward, Says Kaua‘i Activist

posted in: October 2017 | 0

Did the 2014 amendments to Kaua‘i County’s shoreline setback ordinance weaken what was once considered to be one of the strongest laws of its kind in the state?

Unlike O‘ahu, where shoreline setbacks are 40 feet from the certified shoreline, Kaua‘i was an early adopter of the view that historical erosion rates should be considered when determining how far from the shoreline structures can be built. Whereas O‘ahu’s maximum shoreline setback distance is 40 feet, Kaua‘i’s minimum distance is 60 (in addition to 70 times the historical annual erosion rate).

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