HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
TWENTY-NINTH LEGISLATURE, 2017
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO THE HAWAII STATE PLAN.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. Section 226-4, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
"§226‑4 State goals. In
order to [
guarantee,] ensure, for present and future generations,
those elements of choice and mobility that [ insure] ensure that
individuals and groups may approach their desired levels of self-reliance and
self-determination, it shall be the goal of the State to achieve:
(1) A strong, viable economy, characterized by stability, diversity, and growth, that enables the fulfillment of the needs and expectations of Hawaii's present and future generations.
(2) A desired physical environment, characterized by beauty, cleanliness, quiet, stable natural systems, and uniqueness, that enhances the mental and physical well-being of the people.
(3) Physical, social, and economic well-being, for individuals and families in Hawaii, that nourishes a sense of community responsibility, of caring, and of participation in community life."
SECTION 2. Section 226-19, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
"§226-19 Objectives and policies for socio-cultural advancement--housing. (a) Planning for the State's socio-cultural advancement with regard to housing shall be directed toward the achievement of the following objectives:
(1) Greater opportunities for Hawaii's people to
secure reasonably priced, safe, sanitary, and livable homes, located in
suitable environments that satisfactorily accommodate the needs and desires of
families and individuals, through collaboration and cooperation between
government and nonprofit and for-profit developers to ensure that more rental
and for sale affordable housing is made available to extremely low‑,
very low-, [
low-and moderate-income], lower-, moderate-, and
above moderate-income segments of Hawaii's population.
(2) The orderly development of residential areas sensitive to community needs and other land uses.
(3) The development and provision of affordable rental housing by the State to meet the housing needs of Hawaii's people.
(b) To achieve the housing objectives, it shall be the policy of this State to:
(1) Effectively accommodate the housing needs of Hawaii's people.
(2) Stimulate and promote feasible approaches that
increase affordable rental and for sale housing choices for [
moderate-income, and gap-group] extremely low-, very low-, lower-, moderate-,
and above moderate-income households.
(3) Increase homeownership and rental opportunities and choices in terms of quality, location, cost, densities, style, and size of housing.
(4) Promote appropriate improvement, rehabilitation, and maintenance of existing rental and for sale housing units and residential areas.
(5) Promote design and location of housing developments taking into account the physical setting, accessibility to public facilities and services, and other concerns of existing communities and surrounding areas.
(6) Facilitate the use of available vacant, developable, and underutilized urban lands for housing.
(7) Foster a variety of lifestyles traditional to Hawaii through the design and maintenance of neighborhoods that reflect the culture and values of the community.
(8) Promote research and development of methods to reduce the cost of housing construction in Hawaii."
SECTION 3. Section 226-55, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended as follows:
1. By amending its title and subsection (a) to read:
"§226-55 Functional plans;
.]; update. (a) The state agency head primarily
responsible for a given functional area shall prepare and periodically
update the functional plan for the area. In the preparation or update
of the functional plan, the state agency head shall work in close cooperation
with the advisory committee, respective officials, and people of each county.
In the formulation of the initial or updated functional plan, the
preparing agency shall solicit public views and concerns. The formulation and
revision of a state functional plan shall conform to the provisions of this chapter
and shall take into consideration the county general plans. Functional plans
and any revisions thereto shall be [ approved] accepted by the
governor to serve as guidelines for funding requests and implementation
by state and county agencies."
2. By amending subsection (c) to read:
"(c) For each functional plan, the lead
state agency, with the concurrence of the governor, shall establish
an advisory committee, where an advisory body which meets the criteria set out
hereunder is not already in existence, whose membership shall be composed of at
least one public official from each county [
to be nominated by the mayor of
each county]; members of the public; experts in the field for which a
functional plan is being prepared; and state officials. [ The governor shall
request the nominations from each of the respective mayors and shall appoint
the public official nominated by the mayor of the respective county to serve on
the advisory committee. If the nominations of county officials by a mayor are
not submitted to the governor within sixty days following the date of the
governor's request for such nominations, the governor shall appoint at least
one public official from that county to serve on the advisory committee without
nominations from that mayor.] The advisory committee shall advise
the lead state agency in preparing, implementing, monitoring, and updating
the functional plan to be in conformance with the overall theme, goals,
objectives, policies, and priority guidelines contained within this chapter.
The draft functional plan shall be submitted to relevant federal, state, and
county agencies for review and input. The advisory committee shall serve as a
[ permanent] temporary advisory body to the state agency
responsible for preparing each respective functional plan. The terms of
members from the public and experts in the field for which a functional plan is
prepared shall be for four years. Each term shall commence on July 1 and
expire on June 30. No member from the public or expert in the field shall
be appointed consecutively to more than two terms. These appointments shall
not be subject to senate confirmation, and shall be exempt from sections
26-34(a) and 78-4(a) regarding the appointment to boards and commissions."
SECTION 4. Section 226-106, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
"§226-106 Affordable housing. Priority guidelines for the provision of affordable housing:
(1) Seek to use marginal or nonessential agricultural
land, urban land, and public land to meet housing needs of [
moderate-income and gap-group] extremely low-, very low-, lower-,
moderate-, and above moderate-income households.
(2) Encourage the use of alternative construction and development methods as a means of reducing production costs.
(3) Improve information and analysis relative to land availability and suitability for housing.
(4) Create incentives for development which would
increase home ownership and rental opportunities for Hawaii's [
moderate-income households, gap-group] extremely low-, very low-,
lower-, and moderate-income households[ ,] and residents with special
(5) Encourage continued support for government or private housing programs that provide low interest mortgages to Hawaii's people for the purchase of initial owner- occupied housing.
(6) Encourage public and private sector cooperation in the development of rental housing alternatives.
(7) Encourage improved coordination between various agencies and levels of government to deal with housing policies and regulations.
(8) Give higher priority to the provision of quality housing that is affordable for Hawaii's residents and less priority to development of housing intended primarily for individuals outside of Hawaii."
SECTION 5. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 6. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
Hawaii State Planning Act; Rental and for-Sale Affordable Housing; Extremely Low- to Above Moderate- Income Housing
Amends Hawaii State Planning Act to prioritize housing opportunities for extremely low- to above moderate- income households, require periodic updates to functional plans, and amend member nomination process for advisory committees for the functional plans. (SD2)
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