Action Needed Now to Stop Dirty Dozen Bills

Downtown Honolulu - Courtesy of Thinktech Hawaii
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Downtown Honolulu - Courtesy of Thinktech Hawaii

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.

Read the hearing notice HERE.


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”.

Read the bill HERE.

SB 2927 Senate Conferees; Dela Cruz (chair) who introduced the bill; Solomon, Ige (co-chairs); Fukunaga, Ihara.

Donovan Dela Cruz

Senate District 22 – Kunia Village, Mililani Mauka, Wahiawa,Whitmore, Haleiwa, Mokuleia, Waialua, Sunset Beach

Phone 808-586-6090
Fax 808-586-6091
Malama Solomon
Senate District 1 – Waimea, Hamakua, North Hilo, Rural South Hilo, Hilo
Phone 808-586-7335
Fax 808-586-7339
David Ige
Senator District 16 – Pacific Palisades, Pearl City, Waimalu, Upper ‘Aiea, ‘Aiea Heights.
Phone 808-586-6230
Fax 808-586-6231
Carol Fukunaga
Senator District 11 – Makiki/Punchbowl, Ala Moana, McCully
Phone 808-586-6890
Fax 808-586-6899
Les Ihara
Senate District 9 – Palolo, St. Louis Heights, Maunalani Heights, Kaimuki, Kapahulu, West Diamond Head, Waikiki Gold Coast.
Phone 808-586-6250
Fax 808-586-6251
SB 2927 House conferees: Chang, Cabanilla, McKelvey, Souki, Har Co-Chairs; Pine.
Chang, Jerry House District 2 – South Hilo, Waiakea Kai, Kaumana, Keaukaha
Phone 808-586-6120
Fax 808-586-6121
Cabanilla, Rida House District 42 – Waipahu, Honouliuli, West Loch, Ewa.
Phone 808-586-6080
Fax 808-586-6081
McKelvey, Angus House District 10 – Lahaina, Kaanapali, Kapalua, Maalaea, Kihei.
Phone 808-586-6160
Fax 808-586-6161
Souki, Joseph House District 8 – Wailuku, Waihee, Waiehu, Puuohala, Waikapu.
Phone 808-586-9444
Fax 808-586-9499
Har, Sharon House District 40 – Royal Kunia, Makakilo, Kapolei, Kalaeloa.
Phone 808-586-8500
Fax 808-586-8504
Pine, kimberly House District 43 – Ewa Beach, Iroquois Point, Puuloa.
Phone 808-586-9730
Fax 808-586-9738
Read the 4/17/12 Star-Advertiser article on SB 2927 HERE
Again, it would be very helpful if you contacted Governor Abercrombie’s office and tell him you are against any new version of SB2927.



The Honorable Neil Abercrombie
Phone: 808-586-0034
Fax: 808-586-0006
Email HERE
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