STAND. COM. REP. NO.  1104-08


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2008


RE:   S.B. No. 3165

      S.D. 2






Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Fourth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2008

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Transportation, to which was referred S.B. No. 3165, S.D. 2, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this bill is to encourage the development of affordable rental housing and other services, programs, and facilities, including community health care facilities, within a mixed-use transit-oriented joint development project by exempting these projects from the general excise tax.


     The Hawaii Association of REALTORS and Hawaii Alliance for Community-Based Economic Development testified in support of this bill.  The Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation (HHFDC) supported the intent of this measure.  The Department of Taxation opposed this bill.  The Department of Planning and Permitting of the City and County of Honolulu provided comments.


     With the expected development of Honolulu's mass transit system, transit-oriented development along the transit route that takes into consideration and meets the different needs and concerns of the communities affected is of the utmost importance.  Through thoughtful, deliberate, and careful planning, access to and development of affordable housing, senior care centers, health

care centers and medical facilities, and other modes of transportation are just some of the factors that can lead to revitalized and sustainable communities along this corridor.


     While your Committee recognizes of the concerns raised regarding this measure and agrees that passage of this bill may be premature given the fact that the City and County of Honolulu has only recently begun its transit-oriented development program, this measure follows a forward-thinking approach that attempts to promote careful and coordinated development and thus deserves further consideration and discussion.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Transportation that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 3165, S.D. 2, and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be referred to the Committees on Human Services & Housing and Health.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Transportation,