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League Makes Land Use Debut

League Makes Land Use Debut

Carol Whitesell, Land Use chairman, testified 23 times and wrote one position paper on 15 bills, 4 resolutions, and for the Environmental Quality Council. Al though the League often opposed Land Use bills, Carol's testimony consistently sought ways to be constructive -- a fact applauded by legislative aides and Land Use Commissioners alike. Except for one resolution, which passed - altered to our satisfaction, all bills will be held over to the next session. The Senate may reassign the bills to new committees; the House committees retain the same bills they handled this session.

OPPOSED INCREASING LAND USE COMMISSION POWERS

It was the state administration against everybody in the case of SB 614 -- the omnibus bill to designate the Land Use Commission as chief state planning agency. (companion bill was HB 808.) The League favors "a council of the counties and the State, with authority to override some plans of the counties and the State. This Council would supplement legislative policy by officially adopting a coordinated state-county plan; amendments to the plan would be the Council's responsibility also. . . . The role of the Land Use Commission would then become what we feel it was originally intended to be -- that of a zoning administrator."

Then the bill was amended and given an alias - S13 455. The League dubbed it "SB 455 S.D. 1 alias SB 614 as amended", and said "The League testified in opposition to SB 614. . . . Basic objections to the provisions for areas of Critical state Concern for procedures remain. Moreover, in the process of being amended, the bill has lost consistency and coherence. We see no good reason for replacing a basically sound statute with SB 455, SD 1."

OPPOSED MORITORIUMS

The League met moratoriums head-on. re were the first people willing to thumb our noses at what was becoming a hallowed word. Now others are dumping on the action-instead --of moratoriums bandwagon. The following testimony was given on several house bills relating to a moratorium on Land Use Changes, but can be chanted anytime you hear that word "moratorium":

"The League of Women Voters recognizes that those who call for moratoriums are pleading for planning. . . . we are very much aware of the needs for an overall planning framework to guide Hawaii's future development. However, we do not think the need for overall planning should be an excuse for not making hard decisions. In Hawaii we have seen hundreds of plans and studies called for, paid for, and then left to gather dust. Planning is a waste of time and paper unless it leads to action.

"Therefore, we think it is time to put away our moratorium mentality and get on with it. (Note: one freshman legislator wanted to know what ‘get on with it’ meant.) Moratoriums don't give us planning; they only delay decision making. The Central Oahu Planning Study . . . is a case in point. Decisions on rezoning large tracts of land in central Oahu were deferred while the study was done. ,and then what did the report call for? — ANOTHER MORATORIUM "

... In fact, the problems of agriculture and open space preservation will not be solved by a moratorium. It just puts the land in an 'iffy' position, and postpones the necessary decision until another day. We think the solution is to develop state policy dealing with agriculture, open space, where urban growth will occur, and at what densities. Zoning then becomes a tool to be used in conformance with this plan or policy.”

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