OPPOSE Senate Bills 2020

SB3104KPAC Testimony (pdf)

Measure Title:  RELATING TO LAND DEVELOPMENT
Report Title: Affordable Housing; HHFDC; Lease of State Lands; Boundary Amendments; SHPD; Historic Preservation; Counties; Condominiums; Rental Housing Revolving Fund; Appropriation ($)
Description:  Establishes a residential leasehold program within the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation. Exempts from the definition of public lands, lands set aside by the Governor or leased by any state department or agency to the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation, for the primary purposes of developing affordable housing. Requires the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation to submit a report to the Legislature that identifies all state lands that may be developed for multi-unit dwellings. Requires the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation to submit a report to the Legislature that addresses various housing concerns, including the steps necessary to end the State’s housing shortage. Authorizes the issuance of $275,000,000 in general obligation bonds, with the proceeds used for the establishment of infrastructure to support the development of housing. Appropriates $500,000 for 3 full-time equivalent (3.0 FTE) project manager positions. Authorizes a person to petition the appropriate county land use decision-making authority, rather than the Land Use Commission, for a change in the boundary of a district involving land areas between 15 acres and 25 acres where the majority of the development will be for affordable housing. Authorizes the State Historic Preservation Division to delegate the responsibility of historic preservation project reviews to the impacted county. Establishes the Office of the Housing Advocate. Removes the existing statutory cap on the amount of conveyance tax revenues that are deposited into the rental housing revolving fund each fiscal year. (SD2)

SB2946KPAC Testimony (pdf)

Measure Title:  RELATING TO HOUSING.
Report Title:  HHFDC; Affordable Housing; ALOHA Homes; Public Land Exemptions; Appropriation ($)
Description:  Establishes the ALOHA homes program to develop low-cost homes on state-owned and county-owned land in urban redevelopment sites to be sold in leasehold by the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation (HHFDC) to qualified residents. Exempts certain land from the definition of public lands. Requires HHFDC to gain legislative approval before disposing of certain lands. Requires HHFDC to transfer a number of ALOHA homes units to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands or Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Provides for the disposition of lands acquired by HHFDC, but no longer needed for the ALOHA homes program. Requires HHFDC to develop an ALOHA homes demonstration project by July 1, 2025. Appropriates funds. (SD2)