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Allow more flexibility for sizes of second dwellings on farm lots

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council on June 21, 2024.
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June 21, 2024, 9 a.m.
Council Chamber, Kalana O Maui Building

To: Maui County Council
      Alice Lee, Chair
      Yuki Lei Sugimura, Vice-Chair

From: Joe Kent, Executive Vice President
           Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

RE: BILL 71 — A BILL FOR AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 19.30A.050, MAUI COUNTY CODE, RELATING TO THE SIZE OF FARM DWELLINGS IN THE AGRICULTURAL DISTRICT

Aloha Chair Lee, Vice-Chair Sugimura and other members of the Council,

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii would like to offer its support for Bill 71 (2024), which would increase from 1,000 to 1,500 square feet the allowable square footage of second farm dwellings in the Agricultural District. This would apply to only the islands of Maui and Lanai.

Currently, the Maui County Code allows two farm dwellings per agricultural lot, but it states that one of these dwellings may be no larger than 1,000 square feet.[1] The other dwelling may be of any size, so long as the living area of both farm dwellings is not larger than 10% of the lot’s total area.

Increasing the allowable density of the second dwelling could help provide more housing in Maui County. An additional 500 square feet of living space could provide several new rooms, which could be used for a growing family or an elderly relative, or as a rental for a person or family displaced by the August 2023 Maui wildfires.

Thank you for the opportunity to testify.

Joe Kent, Executive Vice President
Grassroot Institute of Hawaii
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[1] Section 19.30A.050 – Permitted uses, Subsection B(1), and Section 19.30A.030 – District standards, Subsection D, Maui County Code, accessed May 10, 2024.

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