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Housing, Land Use & Zoning

Youth pegged as key to ‘Housing Hawaii’s Future’

One of the biggest problems in Hawaii is the shortage of affordable and available housing. Can the state’s youth be a force in solving this crisis? Sterling Higa thinks so. Higa is executive director of Housing Hawaii’s Future, a new nonprofit that aims to educate and organize students and young

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Short-term rental ban will disrupt Honolulu economy

Well, Joe Kent tried his best during a Monday morning interview with KHON2 reporter Dallis Ontiveros to explain the negative ramifications of Bill 41. But Honolulu’s mayor went ahead and signed the bill the next day anyway Approved 8-1 by the Honolulu City Council, Bill 41 essentially bans short-term rentals

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Vacation rental ban won’t solve Hawaii housing crisis

Photo by Charley Myers I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but banning short-term vacation rentals is not going to lower Oahu housing prices. On Wednesday, the Honolulu City Council passed Bill 41 by a vote of 8 to 1. The bill would allow short-term rentals only in certain

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UHERO is my new housing policy hero

There’s no getting around the basic rules of economics. For years, I have been saying that the housing crisis is exacerbated by regulatory roadblocks at the municipal, county and state levels. Delays, zoning rules and a long pathway to approval make homebuilding difficult and expensive. In essence, Hawaii’s lack of

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Here’s one thing we keep saying in our testimonies on housing

Photo by Charley Myers Research showing the need to liberalize Hawaii’s land-use and zoning laws is out there for all to see, and more is forthcoming The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has testified on many housing and land-use bills this year, and the 2022 legislative session is not over. One thing we did

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Testimony: Counties need more incentive to reduce housing regulations

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 31, 2022, by the Senate Committees on Government Operations and Housing. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Government Operations       Sen. Sharon Y. Moriwaki, Chair       Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Vice Chair

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Testimony: Discouraging short-term rentals won’t ease housing shortage

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 23, 2022, by the Honolulu City County Committee on Zoning and Planning. _______________ To: Committee on Zoning and Planning       Brandon J.C. Elefante, Chair       Esther Kia’aina, Vice Chair  From: Grassroot Institute

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Testimony: ‘Empty homes’ tax will not achieve goal

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 22, 2022, by the House Committee on Housing. _______________ To: House Committee on Housing       Rep. Nadine K. Nakamura, Chair       Rep. Troy N. Hashimoto, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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Testimony: New language sabotages land-use bill

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 22, 2022, by the House Committees on Water and Land and Government Operations. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Water and Land       Sen. Lorraine R. Inouye, Chair       Sen. Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran,

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Youth pegged as key to ‘Housing Hawaii’s Future’

One of the biggest problems in Hawaii is the shortage of affordable and available housing. Can the state’s youth be a force in solving this crisis? Sterling Higa thinks so. Higa is executive director of Housing Hawaii’s Future, a new nonprofit that aims to educate and organize students and young

Read More →

Short-term rental ban will disrupt Honolulu economy

Well, Joe Kent tried his best during a Monday morning interview with KHON2 reporter Dallis Ontiveros to explain the negative ramifications of Bill 41. But Honolulu’s mayor went ahead and signed the bill the next day anyway Approved 8-1 by the Honolulu City Council, Bill 41 essentially bans short-term rentals

Read More →

Vacation rental ban won’t solve Hawaii housing crisis

Photo by Charley Myers I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but banning short-term vacation rentals is not going to lower Oahu housing prices. On Wednesday, the Honolulu City Council passed Bill 41 by a vote of 8 to 1. The bill would allow short-term rentals only in certain

Read More →

UHERO is my new housing policy hero

There’s no getting around the basic rules of economics. For years, I have been saying that the housing crisis is exacerbated by regulatory roadblocks at the municipal, county and state levels. Delays, zoning rules and a long pathway to approval make homebuilding difficult and expensive. In essence, Hawaii’s lack of

Read More →

Here’s one thing we keep saying in our testimonies on housing

Photo by Charley Myers Research showing the need to liberalize Hawaii’s land-use and zoning laws is out there for all to see, and more is forthcoming The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has testified on many housing and land-use bills this year, and the 2022 legislative session is not over. One thing we did

Read More →

Testimony: Counties need more incentive to reduce housing regulations

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 31, 2022, by the Senate Committees on Government Operations and Housing. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Government Operations       Sen. Sharon Y. Moriwaki, Chair       Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Vice Chair

Read More →

Testimony: Discouraging short-term rentals won’t ease housing shortage

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 23, 2022, by the Honolulu City County Committee on Zoning and Planning. _______________ To: Committee on Zoning and Planning       Brandon J.C. Elefante, Chair       Esther Kia’aina, Vice Chair  From: Grassroot Institute

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Testimony: ‘Empty homes’ tax will not achieve goal

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 22, 2022, by the House Committee on Housing. _______________ To: House Committee on Housing       Rep. Nadine K. Nakamura, Chair       Rep. Troy N. Hashimoto, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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Testimony: New language sabotages land-use bill

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 22, 2022, by the House Committees on Water and Land and Government Operations. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Water and Land       Sen. Lorraine R. Inouye, Chair       Sen. Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran,

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