Pictured above, MLS 243693 (Sold 5/10/13 for $1,650,000), is an East Hawaii residence built on Conservation zoned land.
In the Hawaiian Islands, land is a precious resource. Conservation Districts have been established to protect environmentally sensitive areas by placing certain restrictions on how Conservation zoned land can be used. There are several categories within the Conservation zoning that allow for different types of land use.
As Big Island real estate agents, one question that we often hear asked by landowners or potential buyers of Conservation lands is: “Can I build a home on land in a Conservation District?” The answer, usually, is: “Let’s do some research.” Depending on the property, there are many cases where the answer is: “Yes, if you have the patience to work through the approval process.”
Clark Realty has assisted many buyers and sellers in the purchase or sale of land with Conservation zoning or that is in a Special Management Area.
Based on those experiences, this is a suggested outline of the steps to take if you are investigating the possibility of building a residence on a parcel that falls under the Conservation guidelines:
Contact the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) in Honolulu to find out which “subzone” the property is in.
If you are considering purchasing or selling a Big Island property in a Conservation District or Special Management Area and would like to discuss the ins and outs of the requirements for obtaining a permit to build a residence on the land, please contact us for additional resources or to discuss available listings.
*Note: This post was updated 1/23/2017.