Your Committees find that this measure requires additional scrutiny and review, and hope that the stakeholders will continue to work toward the effort of an improved system of environmental review. Your Committees have invited the University of Hawaii study team, the Director of the Office of Environmental Quality Control, the Chair of the Environmental Council, a member of the Environmental Council with a background in planning, and representatives of the Building Industry Association – Hawaii, Sierra Club Hawaii Chapter, the Land Use Research Foundation, Earthjustice, Belt Collins, and the Nature Conservancy to participate in a working group to develop further recommendations. Your Committees recognize that the working group may not achieve consensus on each aspect of the environmental review process, but hope that each member of the group will work in a spirit of compromise to seek a middle ground.The UH Study Team contracted with Lily Bloom Domingo to serve as the facilitator for the discussions. The Working Group held half-day meetings on Feb. 16, 17, 22, 23, and Mar. 3, 4, 8, 17, and 22, as well as numerous subgroup meetings to work out especially tendentious points. To encourage more candid discussion, Ms. Domingo asked the members of the Working Group to sign a Participants' Agreement effective until the end of the group process.
The Working Group has concluded its work and Sen. Gabbard has since released the Working Group members from the Participants' Agreement. Here is a copy of the Participants' Agreement:
The Working Group recommendations, in the the proposed versions of SB2818 SD2 HD3 and SB2957 SD1 HD2, and letters to Senator Gabbard are available in the Quick Links in the sidebar.SB2818 Working GroupSenator Mike Gabbard, HostLily Bloom Domingo, Facilitator February 16, 2010PARTICIPANTS’ AGREEMENT
SB2818 Working Group Objectives:
Ground Rules for Participation:
- Identify areas of agreement regarding SB2818.
- Identify possible improvements to SB2818.
- Draft agreed upon improvements to SB2818.
- Agree on revised SB2818.
- Recommend revised SB2818 to Senate and House committees and leadership.
I agree with the objectives of the SB2818 Working Group and will abide by all the ground rules.
- Come with the intent to find common ground with others to formulate revisions to SB2818.
- Show respect for other participants, inside and outside the working group process.
- Listen to understand, and avoid interrupting others.
- Cell phones and other electronic devices will be turned off or placed on silent mode. Texting and phone conversations will be taken outside.
- If you recommend improvements to SB2818, provide specific alternative language.
- The content of the group's discussion, while not confidential, will not be disclosed to the media or used for other public advocacy events. While the Working Group is in process, participants agree to show respect for the process by not commenting on or judging other participants in public.
- The desire is to reach agreements on revisions that everyone can live with, however, given the tight timeline for discusssions, it may be necessary to make decisions by voting, in which case the recommended changes will be determined by the majority vote.
- Participation in the Working Group is a privilege not a right; any member of the Working Group who is unable to commit to a good faith collaborative process should not participate and may be asked to leave the group.