STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1404
RE: H.B. No. 1457
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2019
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Energy, Economic Development, and Tourism and Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs, to which was referred H.B. No. 1457, H.D. 2, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to promote transit-oriented development by appropriating funds to the Office of Planning to assist the County of Maui in the planning and development of the Wailuku-Kahului Transit Corridor Master Plan.
Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Office of Planning, Office of the Mayor of the County of Maui, three members of the County Council of the County of Maui, Department of Transportation of the County of Maui, Department of Planning of the County of Maui, Maui Chamber of Commerce, and one individual.
Your Committees find that the County of Maui is undertaking initiatives to promote mixed-use development and revitalize its existing civic center of Wailuku and its commercial and retail center of Kahului, with improved bus transit service and other multi-modal transportation options being an integral part of improving access to jobs and services throughout Maui. The County of Maui Department of Planning intends to identify redevelopment opportunities in Wailuku and Kahului, including transportation improvements for the transit corridor connecting the two centers, to capitalize on the potential for co-locating affordable housing, jobs, public services, and other amenities to create walkable communities. This measure appropriates funds for the planning and development of the Wailuku-Kahului Transit Corridor Master Plan, which will provide long-term benefits to Maui by creating more vibrant, livable, and sustainable communities that are connected through a multitude of transportation options.
Your Committees have amended this measure by:
(1) Changing the effective date to July 1, 2100, to encourage further discussion; and
(2) Making a technical, nonsubstantive amendment for the purposes of clarity and consistency.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Energy, Economic Development, and Tourism and Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1457, H.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1457, H.D. 2, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Energy, Economic Development, and Tourism and Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs,
CLARENCE K. NISHIHARA, Chair
GLENN WAKAI, Chair