|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.
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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.
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 PLDC, SB 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 PLDC, SB 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.