By B.J. Reyes
The return of Ann Kobayashi to her old City Council seat means a shuffling of committees at Honolulu Hale.
Chairman Todd Apo today announced a new lineup that creates a seventh committee.
Kobayashi assumes the chair of the Public Infrastructure Committee, taking over for her predecessor Duke Bainum.
What used to be a single committee under Transportation and Planning, will be split — creating a Transportation Committee headed by Gary Okino and a new Planning Committee headed by Ikaika Anderson.
The other committee chairs remain unchanged:
>> Budget, Nestor Garcia
>> Executive Matters and Legal Affairs, Charles Djou
>> Public Safety and Services, Donovan Dela Cruz
>> Zoning, Rod Tam.
“The goal of the council’s committee structure continues to be — implementing an effective and productive tool to address the issues and legislation before it, while remaining supportive of the public input and participation process,” Apo said in a news release. “In the months ahead, the council is expected to continue its discussions about transit, development plan updates, affordable housing as well as bring on line an additional workgroup to review sustainable building practices and codes.
“The committee line up was expanded from six to seven to support these Council activities thoroughly and efficiently.”