The Zoning Office is poised to have the Saipan and Northern Islands Delegation act on its proposed text amendments to the Saipan Zoning Law of 2008.
Zoning administrator Therese T. Ogumoro informed the board during its Thursday meeting that they already began the process by having Rep. Richard B. Seman (R-Saipan) pre-file the bill last week.
Board secretary Gus Kaipat, however, said that the bill had to be returned to Seman's office “because it was not in proper format.”
According to Kaipat, the legislative staff requested Seman's office to submit the bill following their official format.
Kaipat said that Seman's office will work on the request and have the congressman sign it when he comes back this week from an off-island trip.
Efforts to get the Zoning Office's proposed amendments approved was stalled following former representative Stanley Torres' submission of his own version of zoning amendments through HLB 17-26, which would have made massive changes to the zoning law.
Citing significant legal concerns, particularly “spot zoning,” then governor Benigno R. Fitial vetoed the bill on March 22.
Board chair Diego Blanco also tasked the Zoning Office to get a bill pre-filed on their proposal to relocate poker arcades.
Ogumoro said their office is also working on their budget submission for fiscal year 2014. All government expenditure authorities are required to submit by Feb. 28 their proposed budget and spending plans for the period covering Oct. 1, 2013, to Sept. 30, 2014.