Guam – Sen. Kelly Marsh Taitano is seeking updates on the status of the master plan for Hagatna Revitalization to determine if it has passed a legal review and ready for possible implementation.
Taitano, who sits on the committee on the Hagatna Revitalization, has sent a follow-up letter to Lasia Casil, executive director of the Hagatna Revitalization and Restoration Authority, requesting information on four main issues of concern that she believes “need to be resolve before the plan can be properly assessed.”
According to HRRA staff, it has been at least a year since a version of the master plan was approved by the board, prompting the senator to raise “serious doubts whether the master plan, in its existing form, is legal and ready for consideration by the governor for transmittal.”
Taitano underscored the need to establish a board of commissioners and ex-officio representative members.
Other pertinent information requested include a timeline of HRRA’s milestones, a current accounting of public fund expenditures, as well as considerations on the activities of other agencies planning to make improvements to Hagatna.
Such activities include the Guam Water Authority’s treatment facility, the Department of Parks and Recreation’s Paseo offices and stadium, military buildup improvements to Marine Corps Drive, and the expansion of the Fisherman’s Co-op.
Taitano stressed the hydrological study that will help identify potential flood control issues in order to solidify elements of the master plan’s land-use design.
The design opens HRRA’s ability to secure development financing, building insurance and grants.
In addition to the flooding, Taitano expressed concerns about the effects of rising sea levels due to climate change.