Useless bureaucratic paperwork stalls $1.9B worth of Guam projects

At least 47 land use applications with a combined investment worth $1.9 billion are awaiting action before the Guam Land Use Commission due to a bloated bureaucratic process that includes a vague and useless paperwork requirement.

Sen. Telo Taitague’s Bill 38 requiring the Application Review Committee to provide position statements on land use applications within 45 working days from the filing of a land use application, received public feedback during a legislative hearing held Thursday.

Telo Taitague

Dan Swavely, project developer, said agencies routinely take months to prepare "position statements" because they do not understand the intent and required content of a "position statement."

"Consequently, we applicants receive variations ranging from a few paragraphs to several pages. The majority of position statements simply repeats narrative from the GLUC application