STAND. COM. REP. NO. 546
RE: S.B. No. 10
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2021
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Housing, to which was referred S.B. No. 10 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATED TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to require the counties to adopt rules allowing religious and educational institutions to build affordable housing units on land they own regardless of current zoning restrictions.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from one individual. Your Committee received comments on this measure from Grassroots Institute of Hawaii.
Your Committee finds that Hawaii has a housing crisis. A recent study by the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism found that the State will need more than fifty thousand homes by the year 2025. It is imperative that the State explore new and creative solutions to make meaningful progress in the housing crisis. This measure will allow educational and religious institutions to help end the housing crisis by developing housing units on land they own.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Adding the requirement that any housing developed under the provisions of this measure be either affordable housing or exclusively for Hawaii residents who are owner or renter occupants and own no other real property; and
(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Housing that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 10, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 10, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Judiciary.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Housing,
STANLEY CHANG, Chair