STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1537
RE: H.B. No. 830
Honorable Donna Mercado Kim
President of the Senate
Twenty-Eighth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2015
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred H.B. No. 830, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to create an exemption from the historic preservation 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 Registers of Historic Places, or located in a historic district.
Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, Society for Hawaiian Archaeology, Building Industry Association of Hawaii, and one individual. Your Committee received written comments in opposition to this measure from the Historic Hawaii Foundation. Your Committee received written comments on this measure from the Department of Land and Natural Resources and Hawaii Association of REALTORS.
Your Committee finds that almost forty percent of the existing private residences on Oahu were built prior to 1970. Your Committee also finds that state law considers any building that is over fifty years old as a historic property. Section 6E-42, Hawaii Revised Statutes, requires review by the State Historic Preservation Division of the Department of Land and Natural Resources before a permit is granted for proposed projects on historic property. Your Committee believes that, in certain instances, this requirement has delayed the granting of permits for many months, which has had an adverse effect on homeowners and the construction industry. Your Committee also believes that since almost forty percent of private residences on Oahu are or will soon be considered historic property, it is prudent to examine current processes and procedures regarding historic properties.
Your Committee notes that the testimony on this measure raises various concerns. Your Committee recommends that the subject matter committees review the concerns so that they may be addressed appropriately in conference committee.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 830, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, and recommends that it pass Third Reading.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
JILL N. TOKUDA, Chair