CONFERENCE COMMITTEE REP. NO. 152

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

                 , 2015

 

RE:    H.B. No. 830

       H.D. 1

       S.D. 1

       C.D. 1

 

 

 

Honorable Joseph M. Souki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2015

State of Hawaii

 

Honorable Donna Mercado Kim

President of the Senate

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2015

State of Hawaii

 

Sir and Madam:

 

     Your Committee on Conference on the disagreeing vote of the House of Representatives to the amendments proposed by the Senate in H.B. No. 830, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY,"

 

having met, and after full and free discussion, has agreed to recommend and does recommend to the respective Houses the final passage of this bill in an amended form.

 

     The purpose of this measure is to create an exemption from the historic review requirements of section 6E-42, Hawaii Revised Statutes, for proposed projects on privately-owned single-family detached dwelling units that are not designated on or nominated for the Hawaii or National Register of Historic Places, or located in a historic district.

 

     Your Committee on Conference finds that current application of historic preservation law requires review by the State Historic Preservation Division of the Department of Land and Natural Resources prior to the granting of permits for proposed projects on historic properties.  However, in certain instances, this requirement has delayed the granting of permits for a period of many months, which has had an adverse effect on the construction industry.  Your Committee on Conference believes that, by exempting certain private residences from the review process, this measure will support the economy by allowing projects on those residences to move forward without unnecessary delays.

 

     Your Committee on Conference has amended this measure by:

 

     (1)  Including townhouses in the proposed exemption and defining the term by reference to its definition in section 502C-1, Hawaii Revised Statutes;

 

     (2)  Clarifying that an application for a proposed project on an existing privately-owned single-family detached dwelling unit or townhouse shall be subject to the requirements of section 6E-42, Hawaii Revised Statutes, only if the single-family detached dwelling unit or townhouse is over fifty years old and:

 

          (A)  Is listed on the Hawaii or National Register of Historic Places, or both;

 

          (B)  Is nominated for inclusion on the Hawaii or National Register of Historic Places, or both; or

 

          (C)  Is located in a historic district;

 

     (3)  Making a conforming amendment to the purpose section of the measure and the title of the proposed statute to reflect the inclusion of townhouses in the exemption;

 

     (4)  Changing the effective date to July 1, 2015; and

 

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

 

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the managers of your Committee on Conference that is attached to this report, your Committee on Conference is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 830, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Final Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 830, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, C.D. 1.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the managers:

 

ON THE PART OF THE SENATE

 

ON THE PART OF THE HOUSE

 

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BRIAN T. TANIGUCHI, Chair

 

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RYAN I. YAMANE, Co-Chair

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LAURA H. THIELEN, Co-Chair

 

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TY J.K. CULLEN, Co-Chair

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JILL N. TOKUDA, Co-Chair