STAND. COM. REP. NO. 515
RE: S.B. No. 914
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2019
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Water and Land, Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs, and Agriculture and Environment, to which was referred S.B. No. 914 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO LAND DEVELOPMENT,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to:
(1) Require the Department of Land and Natural Resources to allocate ten percent of revenues collected from commercial properties within the Banyan Drive redevelopment area to the Banyan Drive Hawaii Redevelopment Agency; and
(2) Appropriate funds to the Banyan Drive Hawaii Redevelopment Agency for conducting environmental impact statements and other studies that are necessary to complete the Agency's redevelopment plan for the Banyan Drive redevelopment area.
Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Office of the Mayor of the County of Hawai‘i, O‘ahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i, and one individual. Your Committees received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Department of Land and Natural Resources.
Your Committees find that in January 2016, the Hawaii County Planning Director and the Chairperson of the Board of Land and Natural Resources signed a statement of understanding to enter into a collaborative process for the redevelopment of the Banyan Drive peninsula because it consisted of real property that was underutilized or in disrepair. The County of Hawaii created the Banyan Drive Hawaii Redevelopment Agency to work toward improving the Banyan Drive redevelopment area via the adoption and implementation of a master urban redevelopment plan; however, in order for the redevelopment plan to be further developed, funding is needed to conduct the necessary environmental impact studies and other studies required pursuant to chapter 343, Hawaii Revised Statutes.
Your Committees have amended this measure by:
(1) Inserting an appropriation amount of $250,000;
(2) Inserting an effective date of December 31, 2050, to encourage further discussion; and
(3) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Water and Land, Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs, and Agriculture and Environment that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 914, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 914, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Water and Land, Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs, and Agriculture and Environment,
CLARENCE K. NISHIHARA, Chair
KAIALI'I KAHELE, Chair
MIKE GABBARD, Chair