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Housing, Land Use & Zoning

Kaua‘i County Council member praises Grassroot housing policy

Kaua‘i County Council Member Ross Kagawa spoke favorably about the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s approach to housing policy during the Council’s May 14 special meeting in Lihue. Kagawa mentioned Grassroot while expressing his reservations about Resolution 2024-13, which would increase the County’s tax rates on hotel and resort and vacation

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Support chance to expand housing freedom

This year’s Fourth of July has come and gone, but I’m still thinking about how restrictions on our freedoms have caused so many of the problems we face in Hawaii today. In particular, I’m concerned about how Hawaii’s severe restrictions on homebuilding have resulted in too few homes and some

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Helton touts guest houses as way to ease Kaua‘i housing shortage

The following commentary was first published on July 4, 2024, in The Garden Island newspaper. ______________ Kaua‘i County lawmakers will soon have another chance to ease the island’s critical housing shortage when a bill comes before them that would allow existing Kaua‘i homeowners to build both accessory dwelling units and

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Give Maui residents more time to live in temporary structures

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council on July 5, 2024. _____________ July 5, 2024, 9 a.m. Council Chamber, Kalana O Maui Building To: Maui County Council       Alice Lee, Chair       Yuki Lei Sugimura,

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Abolish ‘ohana dwelling’ permit in effort to spur more ADUs

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawai‘i County Council Committee on Planning, Land Use, and Development on July 8, 2024. ___________ July 8, 2024, 9 a.m. Hawai‘i County Building To: Hawai‘i County Council, Committee on Planning, Land Use and Development  

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Grassroot urges alternatives to Maui STR phase-out plan

A standing-room-only crowd packed the Maui Planning Commission’s June 25 meeting.. Instead of the mayor’s heavy-handed approach that is fraught with legal and economic risks, simply liberalize homebuilding regulations The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has added its voice to the hundreds of testimonies submitted to the Maui Planning Commission opposing

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Update development standards to allow more apartment housing

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Honolulu City Council Committee on Zoning on June 26, 2024. ___________ June 26, 2024, 9 a.m. Honolulu Hale To: Honolulu City Council Committee on Zoning       Calvin Say, Chair       Tyler

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Maui TVR phase-out wrong means for good goal

Kamaole Sands in Kīhei is among the projects targeted by Maui Mayor Richard Bissen. The following commentary was first published on June 22, 2024, by the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle. _____________ By Keli‘i Akina It’s hard to criticize Maui Mayor Richard Bissen’s stated motive for wanting to phase out more than

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Grassroot Institute testifies against Maui TVR phase-out plan

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui Planning Commission on June 25, 2024. ___________ June 25, 2024, 9 a.m. Council Chamber, Kalana O Maui Building To: Maui Planning Commission       Kim Thayer, Chair       Dale Thompson, Vice-Chair

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Extend use of preapproved plans to builders of muiltfamily housing

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii County Council on June 19, 2024. ___________ June 19, 2024, 9 a.m. Hawaiʻi County Building To: Hawaii County Council       Heather Kimball, Chair       Holeka Goro Inaba, Vice-Chair  From: Grassroot

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Kaua‘i County Council member praises Grassroot housing policy

Kaua‘i County Council Member Ross Kagawa spoke favorably about the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s approach to housing policy during the Council’s May 14 special meeting in Lihue. Kagawa mentioned Grassroot while expressing his reservations about Resolution 2024-13, which would increase the County’s tax rates on hotel and resort and vacation

Read More →

Support chance to expand housing freedom

This year’s Fourth of July has come and gone, but I’m still thinking about how restrictions on our freedoms have caused so many of the problems we face in Hawaii today. In particular, I’m concerned about how Hawaii’s severe restrictions on homebuilding have resulted in too few homes and some

Read More →

Helton touts guest houses as way to ease Kaua‘i housing shortage

The following commentary was first published on July 4, 2024, in The Garden Island newspaper. ______________ Kaua‘i County lawmakers will soon have another chance to ease the island’s critical housing shortage when a bill comes before them that would allow existing Kaua‘i homeowners to build both accessory dwelling units and

Read More →

Give Maui residents more time to live in temporary structures

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council on July 5, 2024. _____________ July 5, 2024, 9 a.m. Council Chamber, Kalana O Maui Building To: Maui County Council       Alice Lee, Chair       Yuki Lei Sugimura,

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Abolish ‘ohana dwelling’ permit in effort to spur more ADUs

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawai‘i County Council Committee on Planning, Land Use, and Development on July 8, 2024. ___________ July 8, 2024, 9 a.m. Hawai‘i County Building To: Hawai‘i County Council, Committee on Planning, Land Use and Development  

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Grassroot urges alternatives to Maui STR phase-out plan

A standing-room-only crowd packed the Maui Planning Commission’s June 25 meeting.. Instead of the mayor’s heavy-handed approach that is fraught with legal and economic risks, simply liberalize homebuilding regulations The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has added its voice to the hundreds of testimonies submitted to the Maui Planning Commission opposing

Read More →

Update development standards to allow more apartment housing

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Honolulu City Council Committee on Zoning on June 26, 2024. ___________ June 26, 2024, 9 a.m. Honolulu Hale To: Honolulu City Council Committee on Zoning       Calvin Say, Chair       Tyler

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Maui TVR phase-out wrong means for good goal

Kamaole Sands in Kīhei is among the projects targeted by Maui Mayor Richard Bissen. The following commentary was first published on June 22, 2024, by the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle. _____________ By Keli‘i Akina It’s hard to criticize Maui Mayor Richard Bissen’s stated motive for wanting to phase out more than

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Grassroot Institute testifies against Maui TVR phase-out plan

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui Planning Commission on June 25, 2024. ___________ June 25, 2024, 9 a.m. Council Chamber, Kalana O Maui Building To: Maui Planning Commission       Kim Thayer, Chair       Dale Thompson, Vice-Chair

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Extend use of preapproved plans to builders of muiltfamily housing

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii County Council on June 19, 2024. ___________ June 19, 2024, 9 a.m. Hawaiʻi County Building To: Hawaii County Council       Heather Kimball, Chair       Holeka Goro Inaba, Vice-Chair  From: Grassroot

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