STAND. COM. REP. NO.  544-14


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2014


RE:   H.B. No. 1863

      H.D. 1





Honorable Joseph M. Souki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Seventh State Legislature

Regular Session of 2014

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Water & Land, to which was referred H.B. No. 1863 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to amend the budget, legal immunity, and rulemaking authority of the Hawaii Community Development Authority.  Specifically, this measure:


     (1)  Eliminates the operating and investment capital budget items for the Hawaii Community Development Authority for fiscal year 2014-2015;


     (2)  Establishes horizontal separation distances and maximum floor area ratios for certain buildings within the Kakaako Community Development District;


     (3)  Authorizes citizen civil lawsuits for failure to perform any required act or duty relative to the Kakaako Community Development District; and


     (4)  Requires rules adopted by the Hawaii Community Development Authority to comply with all existing laws, ordinances, and rules.


     The Honolulu City Council member representing District VII; Life of the Land; and numerous individuals testified in support of this measure.  The Department of the Attorney General; The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii; Hawaii Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO; The Pacific Resource Partnership; the Howard Hughes Corporation; and Hawaii Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust testified in opposition to this measure.  Kamehameha Schools, the Executive Director of the Hawaii Community Development Authority, and a few individuals provided comments.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by:


     (1)  Deleting all substantive provisions of the measure except authorization of a citizen suit against the Hawaii Community Development Authority and designating the provision as a right of action; and


     (2)  Changing its effective date to July 1, 2020, to encourage further discussion.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Water & Land that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1863, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1863, H.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Finance.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Water & Land,