BILLS I INTRODUCED & COUNCIL APPROVED
I initiated the following Bills and Resolutions to help promote transparency in government, improve the quality of life in our community and to protect our natural and cultural resources.
Bill 266 amended the Subdivision Code requiring preliminary plat maps be prepared, stamped and signed by a professional surveyor, along with the written application for subdivision. This requirement now satisfies the “verification of accuracy” of the preliminary plat map prior to subdivision approval.
Bill 281 amended the permit application and approval process for Planning Unit Developments by requiring decisions to be rendered by the Planning Commission, rather than exclusively by the planning director. It now allows for a public hearing process, thus, a greater level of transparency. It also added the requirement that applications for PUD permits be compatible with the surrounding community and must conform to the applicable Community Development Plan. Increased development in Hawai‘i County necessitates this comprehensive review of “exceptions” or “permits”.
Bill 69 regarding intoxicating liquors - added public areas in which it is unlawful to drink intoxicating liquors, to include County owned public parking lots, facilities, parks, landscaping strips, stairwells, pedestrian passageways and other areas. This now adds clarity in the County Code.
Bill 90 added the Public Access, Open Space, Natural Resources Preservation Maintenance Fund to the County Code and gave duties to the PONC Commission to review, evaluate, and give recommendations to Director of Parks and Recreation regarding applications received by the County for stewardship grants, which comes from the maintenance fund.
Bills 91 and 92, and its corresponding Resolution, created a “Water System Improvement District”, also known as a “Public Water Distribution System.” This allowed the County to provide a loan and grant funds from USDA to provide County water for the Kona Ocean View properties Subdivision.
Bill 48 to officially name the “Kohanaiki Beach Park”.
Resolutions 129-13, D2 and 130-13 were adopted to accept a dedication of lots at Kohanaiki beach to the County of Hawai‘i for public park purposes and granted to the County a perpetual non-exclusive grant of easement for access to the park and access for water lines.
Resolution 271-14 to dedicate the lands of ‘O‘oma to the County. ‘O’oma was purchased with County 2% Public Access Open Space Fund to protect access to the shoreline in perpetuity.
Resolution 200-13 to officially named the access road to the West Hawai‘i Veterans Cemetery “Ke Ala Koa,” which name translates to “The Trail of Warriors”.
Resolutions 266-15 and 267-15 to directly urge Congress to make an amendment clarifying that corporations are not people (in support of a nation wide Move to Amend initiative), as well as a request to the State Legislature urging Hawaiʻi’s congressional delegation to pass an amendment clarifying that corporations are not people.
As Chair of the Finance Committee I had the privilege of introducing many other Bills and Resolutions that were initiated by the administration, including the proposal for a full scale composting facility that will be completed in 2018.