STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2670
RE: S.B. No. 3324
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2022
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Government Operations and Transportation, to which was referred S.B. No. 3324 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO INFRASTRUCTURE MAINTENANCE IN HOUSING SUBDIVISIONS,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to require:
(1) Lot owners in a subdivision to pay for the repair and maintenance of subdivision roads where the applicable deeds do not specify that requirement; and
(2) The counties to provide training, support for applicable assessments, and oversight of housing subdivisions where no oversight authority has been established.
Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Hawaii Council of Community Associations, Hawaiian Shores Community Association, Associa, and fifteen individuals. Your Committees received testimony in opposition to this measure from the County of Hawaii Planning Department and three individuals.
Your Committees find that some housing subdivisions in the State have been approved without a requirement that the lot owners fund the repair and maintenance of the private roads and other infrastructure within the subdivision. Unlike condominium property regimes, many housing subdivisions are not subject to a statutory framework or an oversight agency to oversee the creation, monitoring, training, and auditing of the various volunteer associations responsible for the subdivision infrastructure. As a result, various homeowners in the subdivisions in the district of Puna in the County of Hawaii have been involved in litigation for decades.
Your Committees further find that the inability to collect assessments from lot owners of subdivisions with no court-approved corporation, association, or entity results in substandard and deeply rutted roads that can delay emergency vehicles that respond to emergency situations, including crime scenes. Numerous structures have been destroyed because a fire truck was not able to arrive in time.
Your Committees note, however, the testimony of the County of Hawaii Planning Department regarding certain community association support services that are outside the purview of the department. Your Committees also note the testimony of the Hawaii Council of Community Associations, which commented that it would be prudent to establish a working group to study the issues and develop a more comprehensive statutory scheme and long-term workable solutions for the health and safety of these homeowners.
Accordingly, your Committees have amended this measure by:
language that would have created a new chapter in the Hawaii Revised Statutes
pertaining to Housing Subdivisions, and replacing it with language to establish
a working group to study matters further;
(2) Amending section 1 to reflect its amended
(3) Inserting an effective
date of July 1, 2050, to encourage further
(4) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for
the purposes of clarity and consistency.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Government Operations and Transportation that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 3324, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 3324, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committees on Judiciary and Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Government Operations and Transportation,
CHRIS LEE, Chair
SHARON MORIWAKI, Chair