Bill Text: HI HB2545 | 2018 | Regular Session | Amended

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Bill Title: Relating To Green Infrastructure.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 6-0)

Status: (Engrossed - Dead) 2018-03-22 - Report adopted; Passed Second Reading, as amended (SD 1) and referred to WAM. [HB2545 Detail]

Download: Hawaii-2018-HB2545-Amended.html

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

2545

TWENTY-NINTH LEGISLATURE, 2018

H.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


     SECTION 1.  The legislature finds that green infrastructure is an approach to managing weather impacts that also delivers environmental, social, climate, and economic benefits.  Green infrastructure planning aims to create a strategic network of natural and semi-natural areas that protect and maintain ecosystems in both urban and rural areas.  Importantly, green infrastructure can also be the basis of a smart growth approach to development that cost effectively protects natural areas while creating more sustainable communities.

     Green infrastructure functions as a complement to "grey" infrastructure, like pipelines and sewers.  Green infrastructure reduces and treats stormwater at its source and can maintain and renew watersheds that host urban centers.  Green infrastructure practices, like green roofs, rain gardens, permeable pavement, and vegetation median strips, can provide solutions to stormwater runoff at the neighborhood level.

     The creation of green infrastructure plans at the state level can generate strategies to enhance and preserve parks, agriculture, forest lands, and coastal areas.  State green infrastructure plans can also identify where the State can save on water management costs, decrease pollution, lower flooding risks, and address climate change.

     Currently, there is no defined system to determine the most effective use of green infrastructure in Hawaii.  Without green infrastructure planning, the State risks losing valuable opportunities to cost effectively preserve the State's environment and increase quality of life for residents.

     The legislature finds that a holistic and comprehensive green infrastructure study and plan will be of great benefit to the State and its environment.  The legislature also finds that the state sustainability coordinator of the office of planning is well-positioned to undertake and coordinate activities relating to green infrastructure planning and development and to work with various stakeholders and the public to further the State's sustainability goals.

     The purpose of this Act is to require and appropriate funds for the state sustainability coordinator to complete a holistic and comprehensive study and plan for green infrastructure opportunities in the State.

     SECTION 2.  The state sustainability coordinator shall complete a holistic and comprehensive study and plan for green infrastructure opportunities in the State.  The study shall:

     (1)  Identify green infrastructure opportunities in the State at the state, regional, and neighborhood levels, including any related costs and savings;

     (2)  Identify green infrastructure planning and development best practices at the state, regional, and neighborhood levels for potential application in the State, including financing and community engagement practices;

     (3)  Complete a plan that details how the State can move forward to cost effectively take advantage of identified opportunities, including any related costs and savings; and

     (4)  Identify any legal or regulatory changes that will be needed to execute on the completed plan.

     SECTION 3.  There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $         or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2018-2019 for the state sustainability coordinator to complete a holistic and comprehensive green infrastructure study and plan for the State.

     The sum appropriated shall be expended by the department of business, economic development, and tourism for the purposes of this Act.

     SECTION 4.  This Act shall take effect on January 28, 2045.


 


 

Report Title:

Green Infrastructure Study and Plan; Office of Planning; Sustainability Coordinator; Appropriation

 

Description:

Appropriates funds for the State Sustainability Coordinator to complete a comprehensive green infrastructure study and plan.  (HB2545 HD1)

 

 

 

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