Rep. Jerry Chang( South Hilo, Waiakea Kai, Kaumana, Keaukaha), as chairman of the House Water, Land & Ocean Resources Committee, decided to defer House Bill 2366, relating to the establishment of the East Hawaii Community Development District.
Chang cited strong opposition to the bill, which he introduced.
“There is no doubt that the Banyan Drive and Kanoelehua industrial area in Hilo are in dire need of renewal, renovation, and improvement,” Chang said. “However, House Bill 2366 is not the best vehicle to address the problem. The authority to construct, improve, renovate, and revitalize areas within Hawaii County are already authorized under State and County statutes.”
The current title holder of the land in question, the Department of Land and Natural Resources, stated it would prefer to develop the land under the Public Land Development Corporation.
“The attention generated through the introduction of this bill sends a strong signal to DLNR that now is the time to take action and to revitalize this area that is so critical to the Hilo economy,” Chang said.