STAND. COM. REP. NO.616-02
RE: H.B. No. 2662
Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Finance, to which was referred H.B. No. 2662, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO LAND USE,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this bill is to address the mandate in article XI, section 3, of the State Constitution, to conserve and protect agriculture lands, promote diversified agriculture, increase agricultural self-sufficiency, and assure the availability of agriculturally suitable lands.
Among other things, this bill:
(1) Establishes standards, criteria, and process for the identification and management of important agricultural lands;
(2) Promotes the usage of rural land use districts as a buffer zone between development pressures and agricultural lands; and
(3) Defines permissible uses within the rural land use district.
The Land Use Commission, Department of Agriculture, and the Office of Planning testified in support of this measure.
The Ag Coalition, Hawaii Leeward Planning Conference, and Sierra Club, Hawaii Chapter, opposed this measure. Hawaii's Thousand Friends submitted comments.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Finance that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2662, H.D. 1, and recommends that it pass Third Reading.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Finance,
DWIGHT Y. TAKAMINE, Chair