BY DONNA WONG FOR HAWAII’S THOUSAND FRIENDS – Thanks to your dedication and actions taken during the past weeks, we’ve made the “Dirty Dozen” bills the #1 most “hot button” issue of the 2012 session! Take a well-earned bow!
SB 2927 first conference committee meeting is Friday 4/20 at 2:15 PM.
Calls and emails are needed immediately to the Senators & Representatives listed below, on the Conference Committee asking them to not support SB 2927 unplanned development that ignores zoning, density and height limits and that limits public participation such as on Oahu where there will only be 1 public hearing at the city council — instead of the current process which give the public multiple opportunities to testify and present information.
Calls from Maui residents are critical because Souiki and McKelvey are strong supporters of this bill saying “we need this for Maui.” Really-high density development not planned for in the General Plan around unidentified “bus transit stations” with limited public input? Really?
SB 2927 exempts development around “bus transit stations or centers” statewide from existing zoning laws, setback and density regulations and height limit laws.
– exempts so-called “exceptional planning projects” from all state fees associated with land development if approved by the legislature.
– limits public involvement by requiring adoption by Resolution which on Oahu requires only one public hearing and vote by the full council.
– allows for development that has not been planned for in County General Plans and Development/Sustainable Communities Plans.
– indemnifies any county, its officials or employees for actions in reviewing, approving, modifying, or disapproving an application or plans for a so-called “exceptional planning project”.