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The board of agriculture may organize irrigation projects upon its own initiative. In this event, it shall fix a date for public hearing upon the proposed project, which date shall not be less than sixty days after the first public notice thereof in the county in which the project is proposed. The notice shall be given once in each of four successive weeks, describing or identifying the area to be included in and general details of the proposed project, stating the time and place of the public hearing. If the owners of fifty-five per cent of the acreage of agricultural and pasture lands proposed to be organized into an irrigation project at the hearing or prior thereto file written protest against the proposed project, the project shall not be made and proceedings shall not be renewed within twelve months from the date of closing the public hearing, unless each and every owner protesting withdraws each and every owner's protest; provided that any lessee of any agricultural or pasture lands included within the proposed project, who, by the express terms of the lessee's lease must pay the assessment contemplated hereunder shall be subrogated to all the rights of the owner to protest by filing at the hearing or prior thereto written protest against the proposed project, the written protest to be accompanied by a certified copy of the lease; provided further that any lessor, at any time before the closing of the public hearing, may make void the protest of the lessor's lessee on consideration of the filing with the board a duly acknowledged waiver of the provision in the lease which requires the lessee to pay the assessment, and a written undertaking of the lessor to pay the assessment to be made on account of the proposed project; and further provided that a project may be instituted without further public notice for a smaller acreage within the acreage described in the public notice in the event the board determines the smaller project to be economically feasible, if written protests by the owners, or lessees subrogated to the right to protest, of fifty-five per cent of the smaller acreage shall not be filed.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Hawaii Revised Statutes Division 1. Government § 167-17 - last updated January 01, 2019 | https://codes.findlaw.com/hi/division-1-government/hi-rev-st-sect-167-17/
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