Makes the Office of Planning responsible for granting or denying special management area permits for state projects, and for granting or denying shoreline variances for state structures or activities in a shoreline area. Granting the Department of Land and Natural Resources and Department of Transportation the authority to exempt state projects from the requirements for special management areas and shoreline setbacks in Chapter 205A, Hawaii Revised Statutes, as long as projects implemented under this authority are subject to consultation with the Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands, the Office of Planning, and the requirements associated with environmental impact statements. Chamber of Commerce and BIA supported. Office of Planning, Conservation Council for Hawaii, Sierra Club, a sizeable number of individuals opposed.
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