After a twenty-five-year-long journey following the establishment of the Hagatna Restoration and Redevelopment Authority by public law 24-110, the HRRA testified in support of bill 246-36. The bill is an act to approve the restoration and redevelopment plan and its supporting documents.
PNC’s Destiny Cruz has the story.
According to the Hagatna master plan, which comprises eight components and 291 pages, the HRRA’s vision for Hagatna is a vibrant center of cultural, political, sports, and economic vitality for Guam and the Western Pacific.
However, today, HRRA Executive Director Lasia Casil focused on three components: the map atlas, design guidelines, and the master plan land-use.
The map atlas describes existing conditions and trends within Hagåtña as of 2015; the design guidelines intended to encourage pedestrian comfort and aesthetically pleasing and resilient design while maintaining functionality.
Lastly, the Master Plan (Land Use Plan) contains the goals and policies to guide future land use and development decisions within Hagåtña. It also identifies actions that will accomplish these goals and policies.
Following the general presentation of the master plan, Former Senator Hope Cristobal, Chairwoman of the Kumision i Fino CHamoru, urged the HRRA to abide by official Chamoru orthography.
To address how the plan would be funded, Maria Leon Guerrero, Chair of the HRRA, explained that federal funding would be available upon an approved master plan to address how the plan would be funded.
As it stands, the bill is heard publicly, and the record remains open for ten calendar days for those who wish to submit testimony supporting or against the bill.