SOP testimony on HCR22 re creates a legislative task force on health transportation planning

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State Office of Planning (SOP) supports the intent of House Concurrent Resolution 22 to integrate improving health through land use planning and transportation decisions. However, instead of creating …

State Office of Planning (SOP) supports the intent of House Concurrent Resolution 22 to integrate improving health through land use planning and transportation decisions. However, instead of creating a task force, SOP recommends using the existing statewide planning system.

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  • 1. NEIL ABERCROMBIE GOVERNOR OFFICE OF PLANNING JESSE K. SOUKI STATE OF HAWAII DIRECTOR OFFICE OF PLANNING 235 South Beretania Street, 6th Floor, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 Telephone: (808) 587-2846 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2359, Honolulu, Hawaii 96804 Fax: (808) 587-2824 Web: Statement of JESSE K. SOUKI Director, Office of Planning Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism before the HOUSE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH Wednesday, April 10, 2013 8:30 AM State Capitol, Conference Room 329 in consideration of HCR 22 HD1 REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TO ESTABLISH A TASK FORCETO DEVELOP LEGISLATIVE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT INCLUDE HEALTH AS A PRIORITY IN LAND USE PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION DECISIONS. Chair Belatti, Vice Chair Morikawa, and Members of the House Committee on Health. The State Office of Planning (SOP) supports the intent of the resolution to integrateimproving health through land use planning and transportation decisions. However, theproposed task force is duplicative of existing statutory authority under Hawaii Revised Statutes(HRS) Chapter 226, the Hawaii State Planning Act. Land use decision-making processes of state agencies and all other regulatory andadministrative decision-making processes of state agencies must be in conformance with theoverall theme, goals, objectives, and policies, and utilize as guidelines the priority guidelinescontained within the Hawaii State Plan1, and the state functional plans. See HRS §226-52(b)(2)(E). A functional plan must identify priority issues in a functional area (e.g., the healthfunctional area) and contain objectives, policies, and implementing actions to address thosepriority issues. See HRS §226-55. The preparing agency (e.g., DOH) for each state functional1 HRS Chapter 226 sets forth the “Hawaii State Plan.” See HRS §226-1.
  • 2. plan must consider applicable federal laws, policies, or programs that impact upon the functionalplan area. See HRS §226-52(a)(3). State functional plans must define, implement, and be inconformance with the overall theme, goals, objectives, policies, and priority guidelines containedwithin the Hawaii State Plan. Id. State functional plans help coordinate land use at the state and county level. An updatedDOH functional plan could include specific items related to how transportation and land useplanning policies can promote public health. County general plans and development plans mustbe taken into consideration in the formulation and revision of state functional plans. Id. And,state functional plans must be taken into consideration in amending county general plans. SeeHRS §226-52(a)(4). County general/community/development plans are implemented throughzoning and other land use policies. See HRS §46-4. At the state level, the Department ofTransportation must consider DOH’s functional plan in its decision-making. Also, the State’sLand Use Commission and Board of Land and Natural Resources must consider DOH functionalplans in their land use decision-making processes. See HRS §226-52(a)(5). DOH’s last functional plan was published in 1989. See Hawaii State Planning Act, SOP,at (last visited, April 5, 2013). Instead ofcreating a new task force, functional plans should be update to achieve the purpose of thisresolution as prescribed under Part II or HRS Chapter 226 of the Hawaii State Planning Actentitled, “Planning Coordination and Implementation.” The functional plan development processincludes consultation with county, state, federal, and community partners with expertise in thefunctional area and a mechanism for implementing those outcomes. See Id. Thank you for the opportunity to testify on this matter.HCR22HD1_BED-OP_04-10-13_HLT -2-