for the amount of protected land in Hawaii, and click here
to review Hawaii's federal transportation spending.
Center on the States &
Changing Direction: Federal Transportation
Spending in the 1990s. Surface
Transportation Policy Project
For a summary of Hawaii's planning and zoning
statutes, see the excellent report provided by the American
A joint legislative Committee consisting of five
members from each house was established in 1997 to examine the state's
land-use planning laws and recommend improvements. The four major
problems identified in the joint resolution are: 1) too much effort spent
on regulation and not enough on effective planning; 2) confusion about
the State's agricultural district, especially about where housing should
be located; 3) lack of coordination between State and County Planning;
and 4) too small a role for the public in long-range planning.1
In January 1998 a bill was introduced to overhaul the State's Planning
Laws.2 The legislation, drafted by the Hawaii
Chapter of the American Planning Association, (APA) relies heavily on the
research and "best practices" developed through the APA's Growing Smart
Project.3 This proposal is one of many
offered by the Economic Revitalization Task Force. Although no one
initiative has yet gained enough support, there is speculation that reform
may be on the horizon in 1999.
The above material is excerpted
with permission from "Smart Growth at Century's End: The State of the States"
by Patricia E. Salkin, published in The Urban Lawyer, Sumr 1999
v 31 n 3, p. 601. For a complete copy of the article, please contact
Hawaii's Thousand Friends
305 Hahani Street, #282
Kailuah, HI 96734
1 The Governor
is the recipient of the Amercian Planning Association's 1999 National Award
for Distinguished Leadership for an Elected Official.
2 H.B. 322/ S.B.
3 James Lawlor,
"From the States" Planning
p.40 (March 1998).