Are you wondering about your Farm Plan when buying a home or land on Maui?
What’s AG Land?
You’re considering owning a home or some vacant land in Haiku or Upcountry Maui, where most of the large parcels are zoned Agricultural. When the zoning is AG that’s a good thing, meaning you can engage in agricultural activities and grow your own fruit trees, and even have some livestock. But what if you’re inexperienced about farming?
What’s a Farm Plan?
The planning department would like to see a copy of your Farm Plan when you submit your building plans. It’s a requirement aimed at keeping AG lands productive and maintaining the community plan and rural nature of Maui. I don’t know of anyone who would prefer to see asphalt and concrete everywhere you look on this beautiful island. That’s why we live here, right?
So back to this Farm Plan you might have heard about. What does it mean? How complicated is it going to be? It doesn’t have to be that complicated! You can draw it up by hand on a sheet of paper.
Some ideas for a farm plan that doesn’t require back-breaking work every day:
- coconut palms – as nursery stock for landscaping; for nut/water harvesting – it’s a long-term crop. Plant rows of coconuts and keep the grass mowed in between while they grow.
- pasture for livestock – if you don’t want to own animals, you can always lease pasture to people who do. Fencing and water will be required.
- honey bees – Maui beehives are healthy and have no varoa mites. Consider hosting hives for other beekeepers who need more access to flowering plants.
- growing native plants – there is demand for endemic plants as awareness grows, even native grasses.
- aquaculture – raise fish and ducks in ponds and use the water to fertilize some crops.
- fruit trees – some strategically spaced fruit trees soon become an orchard, with fruit for eating and selling.
203 Nahele Rd, Haiku, Maui (MLS# 372329)
Now here’s an already producing farm that should make it really easy to get a building permit. 10.8 acres in Haiku with rows of fruit trees and sugar cane, at 203 Nahele Road. Imagine the view once you build a home here! As a bonus, this listing comes with 3 parcels of land, enabling you to build out each piece. The development potential is incredible.
Fruit trees growing at 203 Nahele Rd.
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Georgie Hunter, R(S), e-Pro