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Allow counties via HB1808 HD1 to grow mixed-use neighborhoods

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Housing on March 12, 2024.
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March 12, 2024, 1 p.m.
Hawaii State Capitol
Conference Room 225 and Videoconference

To: Senate Committee on Housing
      Sen. Stanley Chang, Chair
      Sen. Troy N. Hashimoto, Vice-Chair

From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii
           Ted Kefalas, Director of Strategic Campaigns

RE: HB1808 HD1 — RELATING TO HOUSING

Comments only

Aloha Chair Chang, Vice-Chair Hashimoto and other Committee members,

Thank you for considering HB1808 HD1, which would allow the counties to finance, develop and construct mixed-use and mixed-income housing projects just as the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corp. is allowed to do.

Giving the counties flexibility to finance these types of developments could increase the housing stock and business opportunities in urban areas and areas near public transit.

In a recent report, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii discussed how mixed-use buildings also boost neighborhood walkability, which “yield positive health outcomes. People lose weight, cardiovascular disease declines and people report being happier.”[1]

Thank you for the opportunity to testify.

Ted Kefalas
Director of strategic campaigns
Grassroot Institute of Hawaii
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[1] Jonathan Helton, “How to facilitate more homebuilding in Hawaii,” Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, December 2023, pp. 15-16.

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