State Transit-Oriented Development
On June 29, 2016, Governor David Ige signed into law Act 130, SLH 2016 (SB 3077) which designates the Office of Planning as the lead State agency to coordinate and advance smart growth and TOD planning in the State. Act 130 also established the Hawaii Interagency Council for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD Council).
The purpose of the TOD Council is to coordinate and facilitate State agency TOD planning, and to facilitate consultation and collaboration between the State and the counties on smart growth and TOD initiatives. Links to Act 130, SLH 2016 and a summary of its provisions are available below.
With representation from State and county governments and the community, the TOD Council serves as the State’s forum for TOD planning and policy development. The Council is co-chaired by the directors of the Office of Planning and the Hawaii Housing and Finance Development Corporation (HHFDC). The TOD Council’s primary responsibilities are to:
- Develop and implement a State strategic plan for TOD, including mixed-use and affordable and rental housing projects;
- Facilitate funding for TOD programs and projects;
- Monitor TOD implementation and recommend needed policy and statutory changes; and
- Review Capital Improvement Project requests for TOD on State lands.
For information regarding TOD Council meetings, please click here or on the link in the sidebar to the right.
Other TOD-Related Legislation Enacted in 2016
Act 131 (HB 2293)
Allows HHFDC to develop mixed-use developments in partnership with State and county departments and agencies.
Click here to view Act 131, SLH 2016
Act 132 (HB 2305)
Authorizes the creation of Regional State Infrastructure Improvement Subaccounts within the Dwelling Unit Revolving Fund and the use of the Dwelling Unit Revolving Fund to provide loans and grants to finance regional state infrastructure improvements in areas of planned growth. Also allows repayment from assessments or fees which capture property value increases (IDs or TIF).
Click here to view Act 132, SLH 2016
Act 127 (SB 2561)
Establishes a goal of developing or vesting the development of at least 22,500 affordable rental housing units statewide ready for occupancy between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2026. Also establishes a temporary special action team on rental housing to make recommendations to the Governor, Legislature, and other parties to achieve the goal.
Click here to view Act 127, SLH 2016
The State of Hawaii is the largest landowner along Honolulu’s 20-mile rail transit corridor, owning about 2,000 acres of land within a half-mile radius of the 21 stations. As construction of the Honolulu rail transit system progresses, the State has a unique opportunity to enhance Oahu’s urban environment by applying smart growth and transit-oriented development (TOD) principles to revitalize neighborhoods, increase affordable housing, and improve accessibility to public facilities and services. On the Neighbor Islands, similar smart growth and TOD principles can be applied effectively in the provision of State facilities and services to encourage quality growth and vibrant mixed-use neighborhoods in urban or rural centers.
In 2012, OP and Smart Growth America convened a Project Stakeholders Group to develop a TOD implementation strategy for State agencies, entitled “Leveraging State Agency Involvement in Transit-Oriented Development to Strengthen Hawaii’s Economy.” This effort included three workshops and involved over 40 government and private and non-profit organizations.
In 2015, the State Transit-Oriented Development Task Force was formed, chaired by Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland. Monthly meetings were held to coordinate State agency projects and plans in the TOD areas surrounding the rail transit stations in Honolulu. A status report to the Governor and Legislature was prepared in December 2015.
If you have any questions about the State’s TOD efforts, please contact Jayna Oshiro by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (808) 510-8096.