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GLUC reviewing new worker's housing law

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by Mindy Aguon

Guam - The Guam Land Use Commission has tabled a decision on Hang Chieng Tan's request for conditional use to construct two three-story structures to house 300 temporary workers until they get more information. The request includes plans to build an office, a dining area, a lounge, a recreation area and other support facilities for the operation of the workers' housing. 

Tan, through representative Harry Gutierrez, requested the conditional use for light industrial zoned property in Barrigada. The Commission had to consider the request in light of the recent passage of Public Law 31-72, dealing with how the GLUC handles requests for temporary worker housing.

GLUC chairperson Jay Lather says the rules have been weakened by the new law as it requires that 51% of the workers be temporary, but the bill doesn't clearly define temporary workers. "That's a real problem," he clarified. "Does anybody know what a temporary worker is? We all have an idea. Like an H-2, but technically I don't know what the legislature means here. How do you define that?"

Gutierrez confirmed that they would meet the requirement in the law. The GLUC is waiting on Tan to complete a traffic impact study, information on food services and copies of a medical contract before they make a decision on the conditional use application. The Commission meanwhile also approved a zone change for Joo Hyung Ko for Barrigada land that was zoned rural to a light industrial zone to be used for a proposed warehouse and a bus parking site.

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