Kauai Industrial Properties – Building Age Survey

The island of Kauai is home to some 313 industrial buildings on 237 parcels containing more than 2.5 million square feet of gross building area.

A typical industrial warehouse in Puhi, Kauai, Hawaii

A typical industrial warehouse in Puhi, Kauai, Hawaii

As shown in the table and pie chart below, nearly 90 percent of Kauai’s industrial buildings are less than 50 years old, with the oldest surviving structures being in the 70-79 year old age group.

Kauai Industrial Buildings

Zoned Limited Industrial (IL) and General Industrial (IG)

Age in Years

Count

% of Total

0-9

37

12%

10-19

57

18%

20-29

107

34%

30-39

39

12%

40-49

38

12%

50-59

9

3%

60-69

7

2%

70-79

19

6%

Total

313

100%

Kauai Industrial Buildings By Age - Pie Chart

The graph below depicts the extent of construction that took place after Hawaii became a State in 1959 (fifty-four years ago), and the large proportion of industrial buildings that were developed in the period of 1984 through 1993 (buildings aged 20 to 29).

Kauai Industrial Buildings By Age Group - Column Chart

A pdf copy of the County of Kauai Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO) can be downloaded here.

Of particular interest to Kauai industrial developers are the descriptions of the Garden Isle’s industrial districts:

(a) There are two (2) Industrial Districts:

(1) Limited Industrial (IL)
(2) General Industrial (IG)

(b) Limited Industrial shall include uses which are generally in support of
but not necessarily compatible with permissible uses in the Commercial District.

These Districts shall normally be established within reasonable accessibility and
convenience to General Commercial Districts and where there is adequate access to
a major thoroughfare.

(c) General Industrial shall include all business, industrial processing, or
storage uses that are generally considered offensive to the senses or pose some
potential threat or hazard to health, safety and welfare.

This District shall not be located adjacent to residential or resort districts unless there is physical or geographical protection from those characteristics of the uses considered to be offensive or hazardous.

If you have any questions of comments, please leave them in the comment box below.

Aloha, Chris

About Chris Ponsar
I'm a commercial and high-end residential real estate appraiser in Hawaii. I'm passionate about appraisal and valuation issues in the same way some folks obsess over football, shopping, or bacon. I love this stuff.

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