The eight standards and criteria that need to be considered when identifying lands for the IAL designation are identified by Hawai‘i Revised Statutes, Chapter 205‐44:
1. Land currently used for agricultural production
2. Land with soil qualities and growing conditions that support agricultural production of food, fiber, or fuel‐ and energy‐producing crops
3. Land identified under agricultural productivity rating systems, such as the agricultural lands of importance to the State of Hawai‘I (ALISH) system adopted by the Board of Agriculture on January 28, 1977
4. Land types associated with traditional native Hawaiian agricultural uses, such as taro cultivation, or unique agricultural crops and uses, such as coffee, vineyards, aquaculture, and energy production
5. Land with sufficient quantities of water to support viable agricultural production
6. Land whose designation as important agricultural lands is consistent with general, development, and community plans of the county
7. Land that contributes to maintaining a critical land mass important to agricultural operating productivity, and
8. Land with or near support infrastructure conducive to agricultural productivity, such as transportation to markets, water, or power.
DPP added a ninth criterion for consideration, at the recommendation of the project’s advisory committee:
9. Land with agricultural easements
Since 2012 , DPP has worked with a Technical Advisory Committee to develop a process for using the criteria to identify land that qualify for the IAL designation. Under the advisement of the TAC, DPP selected 3 of the 9 criteria as priority for assessing the quality of land to be designated IAL.
In December 2016, DPP presented a preliminary draft map of land proposed for IAL. Following a series of community meetings and public comments, DPP refined the map, and in November 2017, presented an updated map of lands recommended for IAL designation. Scroll down to view both map versions.
Using the map viewer, you can see the lands in the study area that meet the 3 criteria recommended as most critical for IAL designation under the county-mapping process:
- Land currently used for agricultural production (Criterion 1)
- Land with suitable soil qualities and growing conditions (Criterion 2)
- Land with sufficient quantities of water (Criterion 5)
The Map Viewer allows you to zoom in and out on individual parcels, and pan around the island. When you zoom in, the map shows parcel lines so you can identify how individual parcels have been selected. Click on the Layers Icon (see image below) to look at a parcel and see which of the 3 criteria affect that parcel. Other map information available under the Layers Icon include land previously designated IAL by private landowner action (Existing IAL Lands), land that is owned by the State of Hawai‘i within the State Agricultural District, and the larger study area boundaries.