The meeting will be held on Friday, January 15, 2010, starting at 1:00 p.m. in Conference Room 329 at the State Capitol. The agenda is posted here.
The recommendations are based on a recent report prepared by the University of Hawaii in accordance with Act 1 (2008). Pursuant to Act 1, the purpose of the report is to:
- Examine the effectiveness of the current environmental review system created by chapters 341, 343, and 344, Hawaii Revised Statutes;
- Assess the unique environmental, economic, social, and cultural issues in Hawaii that should be incorporated into an environmental review system;
- Address larger concerns and interests related to sustainable development, global environmental change, and disaster-risk reduction; and
- Develop a strategy, including legislative recommendations, for modernizing Hawaii's environmental review system so that it meets international and national best-practices standards.
In addition, Dr. Gail Grabowsky, chairperson of the Environmental Council, will report on the state of the Environmental Council, which has been in a state of disarray.
To keep up with legislative happenings related to environmental and land use laws, see Legislative Updates. For more on environmental issues, see Environmental Law.