THE SENATE

S.C.R. NO.

189

TWENTY-FOURTH LEGISLATURE, 2008

S.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

SENATE CONCURRENT

RESOLUTION

 

 

REQUESTING THE HAWAII COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY TO DEFER DECISIONS ON ANY APPLICATIONS FOR ZONING CHANGES UNTIL THE COMPLETION OF THE SUPPLEMENTAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT PROCESS AND THE SUBSEQUENT ADOPTION OF THE DRAFT MAUKA AREA PLAN AND THE MAUKA AREA RULES.

 

 


WHEREAS, over the past year, a draft revised plan for the Kakaako Mauka Area in Honolulu was prepared by the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA), with the help and participation of the area's stakeholders and the general public; and

 

WHEREAS, a supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) is currently underway on the Draft Mauka Area Plan, and is expected to be completed in May 2008; and

 

WHEREAS, on April 2, 2008, General Growth Properties, Inc. (GGP), filed an Application for Ward Neighborhood Master Plan, and HCDA must act upon GGP's application within two hundred days of its acceptance as a complete application; and

 

WHEREAS, treatment of such elements as tower footprints, tower height, reserved housing, and street layout in the current Mauka Area Plan may be more advantageous to GGP than provisions of the revised Draft Mauka Area Plan; and

 

WHEREAS, several of the design proposals in GGP's Master Plan application may have a significant impact upon neighboring small businesses and industrial uses, upon traffic circulation in central Kakaako, as well as on community-based proposals for uses of the Kewalo Basin and Kakaako makai lands; and

 

WHEREAS, the HCDA does not anticipate completing the public review and comment period on the SEIS and its adoption of the Mauka Area Rules before the end of the year; and

 

WHEREAS, from a public policy perspective, it would be prudent for the HCDA either to delay action on the GGP Master Plan, or to require that GGP follow the Draft Mauka Area Plan; and

 

WHEREAS, one means of addressing the interests of the Kakaako business community would be for the HCDA to refrain from adopting area-wide master plans until the Draft Mauka Area Plan is formally adopted, and to incorporate provisions in the revised Mauka Area Rules to facilitate projects that would perpetuate service and industrial uses in Central Kakaako; and

 

WHEREAS, another means of addressing concerns raised by community participants and neighboring businesses would be to have the HCDA provide for broad-based public review of the GGP Master Plan, including posting pertinent information on the plan on its website, and thorough evaluation and public input on GGP's Master Plan application; now, therefore,

 

BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twenty-fourth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2008, the House of Representatives concurring, that the Hawaii Community Development Authority is requested:

 

(1) To defer decisions on any applications for zoning changes until the completion of the supplemental environmental impact statement process and the subsequent adoption of the Draft Mauka Area Plan and the Mauka Area Rules, or;

 

(2) In the alternative, to report to the Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 2009 on the steps the HCDA has taken to provide the fullest extent of public review and scrutiny of its actions on the GGP Master Plan application and the considerations for its decision on the application; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a certified copy of this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Executive Director of the Hawaii Community Development Authority.

Report Title:

HCDA; Draft Mauka Area Plan; Mauka Area Rules