REPEAL ACT 55 ~ Public Land Development Corporation
Senate Bill 1555 (authored and pushed by Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz and Malama Solomon) was enacted as Act 55 ~ Public Land Development Corporation (PLDC) by Governor Neil Abercrombie in 2011.
Act 55 establishes the PLDC as a State development corporation attached to the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) to develop public lands placed under the PLDC jurisdiction, including but not limited to existing open shoreline areas, conservation lands, agricultural lands, and small boat harbors, for commercial purposes to generate revenue for the State.
Act 55 allows PLDC to exempt development projects from regular oversight. PLDC now has over-arching powers to make optimal economic, environmental, and social use of Hawaii’s public lands. PLDC commission is now stacked with pro-development cronies.
The PLDC is authorized to:
Develop and implement public lands projects and facilities to create revenue-generating centers or where, through detailed analysis, opportunities exist to exploit potential local, national, and international markets.
Exemption from Lawful Development Requirements
PLDC projects shall be exempt from all statutes, ordinances, charter provisions, and rules of any government agency relating to land use, zoning, and construction standards for subdivisions, development, and improvement of land; the construction, improvement, and sale of homes thereon; and special improvement district assessments or requirements PLDC Powers.
Acquire or contract to acquire:
All privately owned real property or any interest therein and improvements thereon determined by the PLDC to be necessary or appropriate for its purposes, including real property … in excess of that needed for such use … where other justifiable cause necessitates acquisition for the contemplated improvements
Recommend to the DLNR board the “purchase of any privately owned properties that may be appropriate for development”
Exemption from Taxation
The PLDC shall not be required to pay state taxes of any kind.
And, finally PLDC will become Hawaii’s ultimate BIG BROTHER. Private property owners will need to pay for infrastructure costs if they live near one of these “improvements” because it is for the “public good”. PLDC foreign corporations will merely plan, build, and profit. In other words, the government can now force you to pay for their cronies’ development schemes to ensure their profits.
PLDC has begun development schemes without public-friendly Administrative Rules. PLDC’s initial meetings were constantly cancelled due to “lack of sunshine notice” protests from the public.
PLDC recently held public meetings starting in Hilo, Hawaii on August 21, 2012 to supposedly “listen” to the public to improve their draft administrative rules, which currently do not protect our environment, communities, and cultural values. The powerful PLDC can exempt development projects from standard oversight. It is exempted from laws that require review of substantial environment, ecological, and cumulative impacts of development in the affected area.
We demand PLDC to immediately provide accurate and full minutes of these meetings and “listen” to the wish of the people. PLDC has heard the message from the public loud and clear. PLDC and Hawaii's legislators must not ignore the wishes of the people who are owners of these public trusts and assets.
Our beaches, parks, and school grounds are not for sale or lease to greedy developers. Allow the existing entitles like the Department of Land and Natural Resources to continue management. If there are management problems, audit and fix the problem. Another bureaucratic fiefdom to usurp Hawaii's public assets is not the solution!
We, the people, want to Repeal Act 55 to abolish PLDC. Hawaii's public lands are for future generations and not for political cronies!
Please kokua! Share this petition to Governor Neil Abercombie, Hawaii State Senate and House of Representatives.
Please also ask the following question of all candidates: Will you support the Repeal of Act 55?
Non-Partisan Hawaii Ohana
DEADLINE for WRITTEN TESTIMONY on Administrative Rules Draft to PLDC is: SEPTEMBER 14, 2012 Please email your comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
Scroll to 3:30 and see the Abercrombie explain what PLDC is about! Land and Money! Owning, controlling, manipulating, income stream, and the like.
Senate Bill 1555 – authored and pushed by Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10575753 Public/Privatization gone awry
http://luc.state.hi.us/about.htm#HISTORY Hawaii History
http://www.civilbeat.com/posts/2012/03/08/15121-open-government-lock-down/ Donovan Dela Cruz - Public Enemy to Open Government
http://www.civilbeat.com/reg/posts/2012/04/10/15467-should-hawaii-trust-politicians-with-their-sweetheart-exemptions-for-projects/ Calvin Say - Public Enemy to Open Government