Chapter 01 - Planning and Economic Development

Chapter 01 - Planning and Economic Development

10.0101 Definitions.


(a) "Boards" means district planning boards.

(b) "Commission" means the Territorial Planning Commission of American Samoa.

(c) "Director" means the Director of Development Planning.

(d) "General plan" means the general plan for overall development in American Samoa provided for in this chapter.

(e) "Treasurer" means the Treasurer of the Government of American Samoa.

10.0102 Territorial Planning Commission - Composition - General guidelines.


(a) There is created the Territorial Planning Commission of American Samoa.

(b) The Governor shall appoint 9 commissioners to the Commission subject to legislative confirmation. There shall be 6 commissioners which are representatives of each of the planning district areas designated by the Commission; 3 commissioners shall be representatives of industry and private business interests in American Samoa.

(c) There is an advisory board to the Commission which shall consist of 7 department and office heads of the government of American Samoa.

(d) The chairman of the Commission shall be designated by the Governor from among the commissioners, to serve at the Governor

10.0103 General plan objectives - Scope and adoption.


(a) Objectives for the general plan program shall consist at least of the following:

(1) the establishment of processes and procedures whereby the government, private industry, on a concerted basis, to the extent practicable;

(2) preparation or revision annually, generally coinciding with the fiscal year; transmittal to the Governor and to the Legislature of a document summarizing the highlights and the budget implications of the general plan.

(b) The general plan may be concerned particularly with industrial, commercial, or agricultural development; with education, social services, housing, essential sewer, water and electric utilities services, and with transportation, communications, recreation, conservation, cultural services; and with other relevant aspects of life in American Samoa.

(c) In order that a comprehensive plan may be developed for the Territory, it is desirable that any of its foregoing subjects be considered in terms of:

(1) defining existing problems, policies, and plans;

(2) establishing objectives;

(3) developing and evaluating the impact of alternative strategies;

(4) determining any necessary revisions to local decision-making processes; and

(5) developing an implementation plan, having broad-based community support, which defines priorities and assigns responsibilities for action.

(d) The commission shall present any general plan for American Samoa which it develops to the Governor and the Legislature, for action the Governor and the Legislature considers appropriate.

10.0104 Office of Development Planning.


(a) There is created an Office of Development Planning.

(b) The Director of the Office of Development Planning is nominated by the Governor and confirmed by Legislature. The Director shall have professional experience in regional, community, and site planning or other planning experience, which is relevant to planning activities, assigned to the commission.

(c) The Development Planning Office is responsible for the development of plans, processes, and analyses required to accomplish objectives of the Commission.

(d) Funding for the Development Planning Office may be obtained through legislative appropriation and federal grant programs.

10.0105 District planning areas and boards.


(a) There are created 6 planning districts in order to provide a basis for regional citizen participation:
(1) Planning District 1 includes Manu’a Islands representing all the villages in House of Representatives Districts 1 and 2, and is designated for planning purposes as the Manu’a planning district;
(2) Planning District 2 includes the northeastern part of Tutuila Island representing all the villages in House of Representatives Districts 3 and 6, and is designated for planning purposes as the Northeastern shore planning district;
(3) Planning District 3 includes the southeastern part of Tutuila Island representing all the villages in House of Representatives Districts 4 and 5, and is designated for planning purposes as the Southeast shore planning district;
(4) Planning District 4 includes the Pago Pago Bay area representing all the villages in House of Representatives Districts 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11, and is designated for planning purposes as the Pago Pago Bay area planning district;
(5) Planning District 5 includes all the villages in House of Representatives Districts 12 and 15 and is designated for planning purposes as the South Central Planning district;
(6) Planning District 6 includes the western part of Tutuila Island representing all the villages in House of Representatives Districts 13, 14, 16, 17, and is designated for planning purposes as the West Tutuila planning district.
(b) Every village council will select a representative to its respective district planning board.
(c) The Governor’s appointed commissioners will regularly participate with their respective district planning boards.
(d) Through the assistance of the development planning office, district planning boards will assist the commission in obtaining village concerns toward village problems and proposed plans.