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Housing, Land Use & Zoning

Ease rules on ag land homes to ease Maui housing crisis

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council Housing and Land Use Committee on May 15, 2024. ___________ May 15, 2024, 9 a.m. Council Chamber, Kalana O Maui Building To: Maui County Council, Housing and Land Use Committee    

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Expand preapproved plans to multifamily home construction

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii County Council on May 15, 2024. ___________ May 15, 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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Defeating bad bills also a form of winning

With so many great bills having been approved by the 2024 Legislature, it’s easy to forget that success also can be measured by the types of bills that were defeated. Yes, I am thrilled that my colleagues and I at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii were able to help pass

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Legislature on brink of advancing brighter future

Every once in a while, something happens that makes you proud to have worked so hard for so many years. For me, that something happened yesterday at the Legislature, where at least five bills strongly supported by my colleagues and I at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii were passed out

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Bill 152 a welcome proposal to speed up Big Isle housing

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii County Council, Policy Committee on Planning, Land Use and Development on April 30, 2024. ___________ April 30, 2024, 2 p.m. West Hawai’i Civic Center Conference Room 225 and Videoconference To: Hawaii County Council, Policy

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HCR122 would ask counties nicely to embrace YIGBY policy

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration on April 15, 2024, by the Senate Committee on Government Operations and Senate Committee on Housing. ______________ April 15, 2024, 3:30 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 225 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Government Operations  

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Hill talks about highlights, frustrations at 2024 Legislature

Exhaustion, worry and a bit of hope is how Malia Blom Hill, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii policy director, described her emotions regarding the final month of the 2024 legislative session to radio host Rick Hamada on KHVH News Radio 830.  During the interview on April 4, Hill expressed disappointment over

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Pass Bill 123 to speed up permitting of ADUs on Big Isle

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii County Leeward Planning Commission on April 18, 2024. ___________ April 18, 2024, 9:30 a.m. West Hawaii Civic Center, Council Chambers  To: Hawaii County Leeward Planning Commission        Barbara DeFranco, Chair From: Joe

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Road to rebuilding Lahaina paved with obstructions

The road to rebuilding Lahaina in the wake of the 2023 wildfires should be paved with fewer taxes and regulations, not more, according to Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. Commenting on Maui Mayor Richard Bissen’s plan to raise property taxes and water fees to fund the

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Ease rules on ag land homes to ease Maui housing crisis

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council Housing and Land Use Committee on May 15, 2024. ___________ May 15, 2024, 9 a.m. Council Chamber, Kalana O Maui Building To: Maui County Council, Housing and Land Use Committee    

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Expand preapproved plans to multifamily home construction

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii County Council on May 15, 2024. ___________ May 15, 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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Defeating bad bills also a form of winning

With so many great bills having been approved by the 2024 Legislature, it’s easy to forget that success also can be measured by the types of bills that were defeated. Yes, I am thrilled that my colleagues and I at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii were able to help pass

Read More →

Legislature on brink of advancing brighter future

Every once in a while, something happens that makes you proud to have worked so hard for so many years. For me, that something happened yesterday at the Legislature, where at least five bills strongly supported by my colleagues and I at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii were passed out

Read More →

Bill 152 a welcome proposal to speed up Big Isle housing

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii County Council, Policy Committee on Planning, Land Use and Development on April 30, 2024. ___________ April 30, 2024, 2 p.m. West Hawai’i Civic Center Conference Room 225 and Videoconference To: Hawaii County Council, Policy

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HCR122 would ask counties nicely to embrace YIGBY policy

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration on April 15, 2024, by the Senate Committee on Government Operations and Senate Committee on Housing. ______________ April 15, 2024, 3:30 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 225 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Government Operations  

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Hill talks about highlights, frustrations at 2024 Legislature

Exhaustion, worry and a bit of hope is how Malia Blom Hill, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii policy director, described her emotions regarding the final month of the 2024 legislative session to radio host Rick Hamada on KHVH News Radio 830.  During the interview on April 4, Hill expressed disappointment over

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Pass Bill 123 to speed up permitting of ADUs on Big Isle

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii County Leeward Planning Commission on April 18, 2024. ___________ April 18, 2024, 9:30 a.m. West Hawaii Civic Center, Council Chambers  To: Hawaii County Leeward Planning Commission        Barbara DeFranco, Chair From: Joe

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Road to rebuilding Lahaina paved with obstructions

The road to rebuilding Lahaina in the wake of the 2023 wildfires should be paved with fewer taxes and regulations, not more, according to Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. Commenting on Maui Mayor Richard Bissen’s plan to raise property taxes and water fees to fund the

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