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Extend duration of emergency temporary housing structures

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: Jonathan Helton, Policy Researcher
           Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

RE: Bill 87 — A BILL FOR AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 16.25, MAUI COUNTY CODE, RELATING TO TEMPORARY STRUCTURES AND USES

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

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii would like to offer support for Bill 87 (2024), CD1, which would allow temporary structures constructed pursuant to an emergency order to be permitted for up to five years instead of the current 180-days.

Specifically, the bill would allow any temporary structure permitted under an emergency order to last for 42 months, with a possible 18-month extension upon review by the Maui Department of Public Works.

This bill could be helpful for anyone seeking to construct a temporary home, commercial building or other relief-focused structure.

The Grassroot Institute especially appreciates that the Council has amended this bill to cover all temporary structures, not just those built in the burn zone, because — assuming the bill is enacted — it will provide greater certainty for Maui residents who otherwise would be worried about whether they will have a place to live after six months.

Thank you for the opportunity to testify.

Jonathan Helton,
Policy Researcher
Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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