Senator Tom Ada wants to Rezone South Tiyan Lots to “M-1” Light Industrial

Hagåtña, Guam: “Setting the stage for the economic development of 248-acres of returned land in South Tiyan, as envisioned when the Navy closed NAS Agana in 1990 and further articulated in the 1995 Tiyan Reuse Master Plan, can be facilitated by rezoning the properties through legislation” according to Senator Tom Ada.

According to Sen. Ada, “the quitclaim deed accompanying the returned land and the GovGuam Tiyan Reuse Master Plan focus on the development of industrial and business parks.” However, of the forty (40) Lots returned, records show that only two (2) of the Lots have thus far been rezoned to “M1” Light Industrial. “Unfortunately, much of the delay is attributable to the lengthy and time consuming judicial probate proceedings,” said Sen. Ada. “As many of these cases are now coming to a close, the Legislature can help make up for lost time by facilitating the re-zoning process.”

Following the 1990 closure of the Naval Air Station Agana, forty (40) Lots in South Tiyan encompassing about 248 acres of land was conveyed back to the Government of Guam for economic development purposes. However, P.L. 26-100, enacted in 2002, mandated the Lots in question be returned to the original landowners. The mandate spurred a new momentum to put the properties in South Tiyan to their best and highest use by the landowners.

“Following the recent rezoning by the Legislature of one of the properties to “M-1”, nine (9) other South Tiyan property owners have inquired into the possibility of also rezoning their properties similarly,” said Sen. Ada. There are still about thirty (30) South Tiyan landowners who would most likely be seeking similar rezoning assistance. “By introducing Bill 13-34, rezoning of the South Tiyan properties by the Legislature is justifiable because the proposed action is consistent with long range plans adopted previously for the area, and can be accomplished efficiently to benefit the landowners”, said Sen. Ada.

“To ensure that public health, safety, and the general welfare of the community is duly considered, a Land Zoning Consideration Report from the Department of Land Management will be required before Bill 13-34 is reported out of the Committee,” said Sen. James Espaldon, the co-sponsor for Bill 13-34. The Report is a requirement mandated by 2 GCA §2110 and generally includes the recommendation of the Land Planning Division of the Department of Land Management and the recommendations of agencies such as Guam Waterworks, Guam Power Authority, Guam EPA, and other regulatory agencies.

Rezoning requests normally require a public hearing before the Guam Land Use Commission, which meet once a month provided a quorum is present. The process involves public notices, vetting by various agencies and Municipal Planning Councils, and could generally take many months before a hearing by the Land Use Commission is scheduled.

A copy of Bill 13-34 may be downloaded here. It may also be downloaded from the Guam Legislature Website, at www.GuamLegislature.com. For any additional information, please contact the Office of Senator Tom Ada at 473-3301.