STAND. COM. REP. NO.  1191-20

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2020

 

RE:   S.B. No. 2060

      S.D. 2

      H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2020

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

     Your Committees on Energy & Environmental Protection and Water, Land, & Hawaiian Affairs, to which was referred S.B. No. 2060, S.D. 2, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT,"

 

beg leave to report as follows:

 

     The purpose of this measure is to amend state coastal zone management laws to further protect the State's coastal areas and resources against the impacts of sea level rise and coastal erosion.

 

     Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the City and County of Honolulu Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency; County of Kauai Office of Economic Development; Sierra Club of Hawaii; IMUAlliance; Climate Protectors Coalition; Hawaii Youth Climate Coalition; and four individuals.  Your Committees received testimony in opposition to this measure from Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc.  Your Committees received comments on this measure from the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Office of Planning, Hawaii Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission, and County of Hawaii Planning Department.

 

     Your Committees find that it is necessary to further strengthen existing policies and regulations to protect beaches and other coastal environments from further degradation and reduce the exposure of shorefront communities to increasing erosion and flooding hazards caused by sea level rise.

 

     Your Committees have amended this measure by:

 

     (1)  Amending coastal zone management objectives for economic uses to broadly ensure that coastal dependent and coastal related development are located, designed, and constructed to minimize exposure to coastal hazards and adverse impacts;

 

     (2)  Reverting to the existing definition of "development", which would define any excluded use, activity, or operation that has a cumulative impact, or a significant environmental or ecological effect on a special management area, as a development;

 

     (3)  Providing that a variance for private facilities or improvements that may artificially fix the shoreline shall not be granted in areas with sand beaches or where artificially fixing the shoreline may interfere with existing recreational and waterline activities unless the granting of the variance is clearly demonstrated to be in the interest of the general public;

 

     (4)  Removing the requirement that the Hawaii Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission submit a proposal for a state supplemental insurance program for properties subject to climate change impacts; and

 

     (5)  Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.

 

     As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Energy & Environmental Protection and Water, Land, & Hawaiian Affairs that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2060, S.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2060, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Finance.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Energy & Environmental Protection and Water, Land, & Hawaiian Affairs,

 

 

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RYAN I. YAMANE, Chair

 

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NICOLE E. LOWEN, Chair