THE SENATE

S.C.R. NO.

39

THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2021

S.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

SENATE CONCURRENT

RESOLUTION

 

 

URGING THE COUNTY OF HAWAII TO UTILIZE THE DATA RESULTING FROM THE 2020 UNITED STATES CENSUS TO ESTABLISH, IF ALLOWABLE, A METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION FOR THE COUNTY OF HAWAII.

 

 


WHEREAS, the 2020 United States Census, once the results become available, will provide critical data that lawmakers, business owners, and many others may use to provide daily services, products, and support for communities across the nation; and

 

WHEREAS, metropolitan planning organizations were established to serve as a forum for collaboration among local communities and government agencies and to direct federal funds toward projects that increase access to opportunity and prosperity through improved multimodal pedestrian, bicycle, and transit options; and

 

WHEREAS, the Maui Metropolitan Planning Organization is a federally mandated government agency formed in 2016 by the State of Hawaii and County of Maui to facilitate the continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive planning for federally funded or regionally significant transportation systems on the island of Maui with adequate and informed representation from the state and county; and

 

WHEREAS, according to the United States Census Bureau estimates from 2017, the population of the County of Maui in 2016 was 165,384, surpassing the federal threshold of fifty thousand people needed to be considered an urbanized area; and

 

WHEREAS, according to the same United States Census Bureau estimates, the population of the County of Hawaii in 2016 was 198,691, well surpassing the population of the County of Maui in 2016 and the federal threshold needed to be considered an urbanized area; and

 

WHEREAS, it is the responsibility of the policy board of the metropolitan planning organization to make decisions that are the result of the continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive transportation planning process and the organization's staff to support and provide technical resources to the policy board; and

 

WHEREAS, the County of Hawaii does not have a metropolitan planning organization; now, therefore,

 

BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Thirty-first Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2021, the House of Representatives concurring, that the County of Hawaii is urged to utilize the data reported from the 2020 United States Census to establish, if allowable, a metropolitan planning organization for the County of Hawaii; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Mayor of the County of Hawaii and Councilmembers of the County of Hawaii.

Report Title:

County of Hawaii; Metropolitan Planning Organization