Saipan delegation passes zoning law amendments on first reading

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THE Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation voted to pass House Local Bill 21-41 on first reading Tuesday.

It will now be placed on the bill calendar for second reading, upon which the delegation will vote again.


The Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation holds a session on Tuesday in the House chamber on Capital Hill.        Photo by K-Andrea Evarose S. Limol

Authored by the delegation chair and House Floor Leader Rep. John Paul Sablan, the bill aims to “further amend the Saipan Zoning Law of 2013…to provide smoother functionality between the zoning districts and the newly established/existing industries within the Third Senatorial District; and for other purposes.”

Sablan said that these amendments were recommended by the zoning office and approved by the Saipan Zoning Board, which submitted them to the delegation in late December. (See

“This legislation is actually a product of the zoning office,” he added.

In its findings section, the bill reads, “The delegation finds that the Third Senatorial District contains newly implemented industries, such as cannabis, and long existing industries, such as the adult businesses.”

It adds, “Cognizant of the economic trends that [are] taking place within our respective senatorial district, the delegation finds that it is imperative to amend appropriate sections within the Saipan zoning law to provide better clarity and functionality between our zoning districts and the industries that are permitted to operate within them.”

The bill states that “in doing so, the Third Senatorial District will be able to properly and diligently exploit the numerous benefits from these industries, and allow for our respective district to economically flourish and provide better financial stability in the future.”

All 20 delegation members present for the discussions voted to pass the bill on first reading.

Sen. Sixto Igisomar was excused from the session.

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