ACTION ALERT – Testimony needed – PLDC is back

This is not a position of the Democratic Party of Hawaii.  It is information provided by Hawaii Thousand Friends.

 

Thanks to Hawaii Thousand Friends we have the following information:Next Tuesday 3/5, the entire Senate will vote on THREE bad bills.Including SB 215 SD2, a PLDC look-alike. 

Send opposition testimony on these bad bills to all senators or contact your senator here:   

Senators by Island  

 See article on PLDC-like SB 215:       

“New Development Authority Moves a Step Closer to Reality”  

SB 215 SD2 Relating to Economic Development (Dela Cruz, Chun Oakland, Kidani, Solomon) creates the Public-Private Partnership Authority.

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2013/bills/SB215_SD2_.pdf

Sound like PLDC? Let us count the ways:

PLDC and SB 215 SD2 purposes are to “create a vehicle and process to use public land…for the economic, environmental, and social benefit of the people of Hawaii.”

Like PLDC, under SB 215 SD2 the public-private partnership administers appropriate and culturally sensitive projects.

Like PLDC, under SB 215 SD2 the “authority shall coordinate and administer projects while ensuring that resources are maintained for the people of Hawaii.”

Like PLDCSB 215 SD2 has a board of directors but only 5 voting members: 3 heads of state departments, 1 member appointed by the Senate president, 1 member appointed by the speaker of the House and 1 non-voting member from the aha moku advisory committee.

Like PLDCSB 215 SD2 dictates that House and Senate members shall “have expertise in small and large businesses within the development or recreation industries, banking, real estate, finance, promotion, marketing or management.”

SB 215 SD2 allows the counties to waive zoning, land use, and permitting requirementson any project by passing an ordinance or memorandum of agreement.

SB 215 SD2 has no process for public hearings or public involvement on the projects, other than the rule-making process.

SB 215 SD2 shall initiate 3 pilot projects: 1) a film production facility on state landssomewhere on Maui, location not specified; 2) 1 unknown county-initiated project; and 3) a mysterious main-street project on previously identified state lands in Wahiawa that currently contain a DOE building, a library, Wahiawa Clinic and a transit center. Could these public lands be slated for a Transit Oriented Development project?

SB 215 SD2 allows for additional projects for educational purposes or to stimulate development and job creation.

 SB 1027 SD1 Relating to Coastal Zone Management (governor’s package)http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2013/bills/SB1027_SD1_.pdf Exemptsany development by a state agency on state land within the Special Management Area (SMA) from the counties’ Special Management Area Permit and shoreline setback variance processes. 

Exempts development by a state agency on state land from having to be consistent withcounty general plans and zoning.

Creates a new state consistency review process that will be conducted by the state agency proposing the project, with only a 30-day comment period.

State consistency certificationis a statement by a state agency that it has completed the state consistency review and the development is consistent with SMA objectives.  Fox guarding the henhouse?

State agencies are only required to respond to relevant public comments.

After the State Office of Planning publishes the state consistency certification in the OEQC bulletin, development may proceed.

NO  more public hearings or public involvement.

NO  contested case opportunities as provided for under the county SMA process for Maui County, Kauai and Hawai`i Island residents.

 SB 1171 SD1 Review of Historic Preservation Projects (governor’s package)http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2013/bills/SB1171_SD1_.pdfSB 1171 SD1is in response to the Hawai`i Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling, in Kaleikini v. Yoshioka (Honolulu’s director of transportation), that phasing of archaeological studies is not allowed under HRS Chapter 6E – Historic Preservation. 

SB 1171 SD1 would allow construction of development projects to start before an inventory of all archaeological resources has been completed.

When burial sites and historic properties are not identified before basic planning decisions are made, the many options that could protect those sites are effectively foreclosed.

SB 1171 SD1 is all about Oahu’s rail project:  without the high court’s ruling, the `iwi kupuna would not have been discovered before the 4th and final phase of the 20-mile rail line, and then the argument could have been made that it was too late to stop the train to look for “bones.”

 

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2 responses to “ACTION ALERT – Testimony needed – PLDC is back

  1. Bill,

    Could you make it easier to just click on the testimony for this? Seems no testimony is being taken, or I am not accessing it correctly

    OR Do you just want us to send email to senators?

    Mahalo for your help. I am forwarding your emails to others and I know if I can’t get it done they probably can not either.

    Sara

  2. You are correct. There is no hearing scheduled so you can not submit testimony to a committee. To send an email to all Senators go to hawaii.capitol.gov. There are six icons in the middle of the screen. The one at the lower left is labled legislators. Click that and you will be brought to a screen that is titled All Legislators. Look for “Show senators” Click that and you are brought to a pretty list of all Senators. Under the title “Senators” in tiny print you will see the option to email senators. Click that and your email account will be brought up with sens@capitol.hawaii.gov already in the “to” box.

    Of course the easy way is to just go your email and send your email to sens@capitol.hawaii.gov but I couldnʻt find it last night and had to call PAR this morning. Even the guy I talked to didnʻt know how and had to get help. They donʻt make it easy.

    By the way SB620 the bill that would require an alternative to Styrofoam doggie bags is still hung up in WAM. Cross over is the 7th, first decking was 3/1. The bill is dead for this session and may be brought back in the next. I called Sen Igeʻs office 586-6230 to ask why the bill was held and how we might improve it for passage in 2014. I suggest everyone do the same.

    Thanks for being an active participant in the caucus. We need to encourage all our friends to be an active participant too. When you run into someone who doesnʻt want to participate because they are not Democrat refer them to hawaiienvironmental.com which is a non-partisan URL which when we draw at least 100 participants will become the nucleus of an Hawaii League of Conservation Voters.

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