THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

2524

TWENTY-NINTH LEGISLATURE, 2018

S.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO COUNTY LAND USE REQUIREMENTS.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. The legislature finds that there is a need to revise laws related to agricultural property regimes. Recently, there has been an increased interest in developing agricultural lands through the condominium property regime process. While this provides land developers with a process to reduce front-end costs of selling agricultural lands, it often thwarts the long-term viability of these "units", as master planning is absent, particularly with respect to supporting county infrastructure.

The legislature further finds that current condominium property regime laws only require that the proposed condominium property regime comply with county zoning, but do not require compliance with county subdivision requirements, which is where counties can review and ensure that necessary supportive infrastructure is available, including roads, water, and sewer lines, prior to the sale of the property.

The legislature additionally finds that current condominium property regime laws do not require county approval of the condominium property regime. This current process inhibits a county's ability to plan, regulate, and enforce its agricultural plans, goals, and infrastructure services.

The legislature also finds that section 205-4.5(f), Hawaii Revised Statutes, specifically allows agricultural land developers to bypass county subdivision requirements, which promotes the condominium property regime process over the county subdivision process. The condominium property regime process is a complex set of regulations and restrictions that are often not easily understood at the time of purchase.

The purpose of this Act is to provide an option for county participation in the approval of major condominium property regimes.

SECTION 2. Section 205-4.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (f) to read as follows:

"[[](f)[]] Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, agricultural lands may be subdivided and leased for the agricultural uses or activities permitted in subsection (a); provided that:

(1) The principal use of the leased land is agriculture;

(2) No permanent or temporary dwellings or farm dwellings, including trailers and campers, are constructed on the leased area. This restriction shall not prohibit the construction of storage sheds, equipment sheds, or other structures appropriate to the agricultural activity carried on within the lot; and

(3) The lease term for a subdivided lot shall be for at least as long as the greater of:

(A) The minimum real property tax agricultural dedication period of the county in which the subdivided lot is located; or

(B) Five years.

Lots created and leased pursuant to this section shall be legal lots of record for mortgage lending purposes and shall be [exempt from] subject to county subdivision standards."

SECTION 3. Section 514B-5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"514B-5 Conformance with county [land use] laws. Any condominium property regime established under this chapter shall conform to the existing underlying county zoning and subdivision or equivalent requirements for the property and all applicable county permitting requirements adopted by the county in which the property is located, including any supplemental rules adopted by the county, pursuant to section 514B‑6, to ensure the conformance of condominium property regimes to the purposes and provisions of county zoning, subdivision, and development ordinances and rules and chapter 205, including section 205-4.6 where applicable. In the case of a property which includes one or more existing structures being converted to condominium status, the condominium property regime shall comply with section 514B‑32(a)(13) or 514B‑84(a)."

SECTION 4. Section 514B-6, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"[[]514B-6[]] Supplemental county ordinances and rules governing a condominium property regime. Whenever any county deems it proper, the county may adopt supplemental ordinances and rules governing condominium property regimes established under this chapter in order to implement this program; provided that any of the supplemental rules adopted shall not conflict with this chapter or with any of the rules adopted by the commission to implement this chapter."

SECTION 5. Section 514B-52, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"514B-52 Application for registration. (a) An application for registration of a project shall:

(1) Be accompanied by nonrefundable fees as provided in rules adopted by the director of commerce and consumer affairs pursuant to chapter 91; and

(2) Contain the documents and information concerning the project and the condominium property regime as required by sections 514B‑54, 514B‑83, and 514B‑84, as applicable, and as otherwise may be specified by the commission.

(b) An application for registration of a project in the agricultural district classified pursuant to chapter 205 shall include a verified statement, signed by an appropriate county official, that the project as described and set forth in the project's declaration, condominium map, bylaws, and house rules does not include any restrictions limiting or prohibiting agricultural uses or activities, in compliance with section 205‑4.6. The commission shall not accept the registration of a project where a county official has not signed a verified statement.

(c) An application for registration of a project in a county agricultural zoning district or preservation zoning district shall include a verified statement, signed by an appropriate county official, that the project is in compliance with any supplemental county ordinances, county subdivision standards, and other rules adopted pursuant to section 514B-6.

[(c)] (d) The commission [need] shall not process any incomplete application and [may] shall return an incomplete application to the developer and require that the developer submit a new application, including nonrefundable fees. If an incomplete application is not completed within six months of the date of the original submission, it shall be deemed abandoned and registration of the project shall require the submission of a new application, including nonrefundable fees.

[(d)] (e) A developer shall promptly file amendments to report either any actual or expected pertinent or material change, or both, in any document or information contained in the application."

SECTION 6. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 7. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2018.

 


 


 

Report Title:

Condominium Property Regimes; Agricultural Lands; County Subdivision Requirements

 

Description:

Requires agricultural lands that are subdivided and leased for agricultural uses or activities to comply with county subdivision standards. Requires condominium property regimes to comply with county subdivision or equivalent requirements. Requires that an application for registration of a project in a county agricultural zoning district or preservation zoning district include a verified statement, signed by an appropriate county official, that the project is in compliance with any supplemental county ordinances, county subdivision standards, and other rules. (SD1)

 

 

 

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