Bill Text: HI SB1496 | 2019 | Regular Session | Introduced

Bill Title: Relating To The Kakaako Community Development District.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-02-12 - The committee on WTL deferred the measure. [SB1496 Detail]

Download: Hawaii-2019-SB1496-Introduced.html


S.B. NO.














relating to the kakaako community development district.





     SECTION 1.  The legislature finds that the redevelopment of Kakaako first envisioned in Act 153, Session Laws of Hawaii 1976, is steadily becoming a reality with new buildings, open spaces, and new areas to live, work, and play, particularly in the mauka area.  While the Honolulu skyline is undergoing a renaissance with new designs and architecture, the legislature finds that the existing height limit of four hundred eighteen feet for buildings in the mauka area will create a relatively uniform and undesirable flat top to the Honolulu urban skyline.

     The legislature further finds that, similar to other cities around the world, Honolulu would benefit from a signature urban skyline that includes buildings of varying heights, which in turn will contribute to an aesthetically pleasing and architecturally unique experience, while fulfilling needs within the urban core.

     The legislature additionally finds that increased residential density in areas within the urban core and near planned rail transit stations is particularly appropriate and desirable in order to fulfill transit oriented development principles.

     Accordingly, the purpose of this Act is to improve the Honolulu skyline, while fulfilling urban needs, by permitting one building within each approved master plan area within the Mauka area, in close proximity to a planned rail station, to exceed the current height limit for the benefit of the public.

     SECTION 2.  Section 206E-33, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

     "§206E-33  Kakaako community development district; development guidance policies.  The following shall be the development guidance policies generally governing the authority's action in the Kakaako community development district:

     (1)  Development shall result in a community which permits an appropriate land mixture of residential, commercial, industrial, and other uses.  In view of the innovative nature of the mixed use approach, urban design policies should be established to provide guidelines for the public and private sectors in the proper development of this district; while the authority's development responsibilities apply only to the area within the district, the authority may engage in any studies or coordinative activities permitted in this chapter which affect areas lying outside the district, where the authority in its discretion decides that those activities are necessary to implement the intent of this chapter.  The studies or coordinative activities shall be limited to facility systems, resident and industrial relocation, and other activities with the counties and appropriate state agencies.  The authority may engage in construction activities outside of the district; provided that such construction relates to infrastructure development or residential or business relocation activities; provided further, notwithstanding section 206E-7, that such construction shall comply with the general plan, development plan, ordinances, and rules of the county in which the district is located;

     (2)  Existing and future industrial uses shall be permitted and encouraged in appropriate locations within the district.  No plan or implementation strategy shall prevent continued activity or redevelopment of industrial and commercial uses which meet reasonable performance standards;

     (3)  Activities shall be located so as to provide primary reliance on public transportation and pedestrian facilities for internal circulation within the district or designated subareas;

     (4)  Major view planes, view corridors, and other environmental elements such as natural light and prevailing winds, shall be preserved through necessary regulation and design review; provided that [no portion of any building or structure in] notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, the authority may permit one building of up to seven hundred sixty-eight feet in height within each approved master plan area of the Kakaako Mauka area [shall exceed four hundred eighteen feet in height]; provided further that the authority shall:

          (A)  Require that the building be located no further than       feet of a planned transit station for the Honolulu rail transit project; and

          (B)  Negotiate appropriate and proportional public benefits consistent with this chapter for any increase in a building height above four hundred eighteen feet;

     (5)  Redevelopment of the district shall be compatible with plans and special districts established for the Hawaii Capital District, and other areas surrounding the Kakaako district;

     (6)  Historic sites and culturally significant facilities, settings, or locations shall be preserved;

     (7)  Land use activities within the district, where compatible, shall to the greatest possible extent be mixed horizontally, that is, within blocks or other land areas, and vertically, as integral units of multi-purpose structures;

     (8)  Residential development may require a mixture of densities, building types, and configurations in accordance with appropriate urban design guidelines; integration both vertically and horizontally of residents of varying incomes, ages, and family groups; and an increased supply of housing for residents of low- or moderate-income may be required as a condition of redevelopment in residential use.  Residential development shall provide necessary community facilities, such as open space, parks, community meeting places, child care centers, and other services, within and adjacent to residential development; and

     (9)  Public facilities within the district shall be planned, located, and developed so as to support the redevelopment policies for the district established by this chapter and plans and rules adopted pursuant to it."

     SECTION 3.  Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken.  New statutory material is underscored.

     SECTION 4.  This Act shall take effect upon its approval.








Report Title:

Kakaako Community Development District; Mauka Area; Buildings; Height Limit; Transit Oriented Development



Authorizes the Hawaii community development authority to permit one building of up to seven hundred sixty-eight feet in height within each approved master plan area for the Mauka area of the Kakaako community development district; provided that the building be located near a transit station and appropriate and proportional public benefits are negotiated for any increase in a building above four hundred eighteen feet.




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