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Housing, Land Use & Zoning

Why Hawaii zoning laws should be abolished

Hawaii’s zoning laws prevent growth, are socially divisive, contribute to Hawaii’s high home prices and ought to be abolished, according to Nolan Gray, a former city planner in New York and research director for an housing advocacy group called California YIMBY. Gray was the featured guest on the Nov. 21,

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How to win the housing permitting game

I’ve been playing a new online game, but no matter what I do, I can’t seem to win. It’s a real-life simulation about getting authorized to build a house for your family. But I keep getting tripped up by Honolulu’s permitting process. The creative folks at Honolulu Civil Beat have

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Testimony: By-right approvals could lower the cost of housing

To: Maui County Council Affordable Housing Committee       Gabe Johnson, Chair       Michael Molina, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii             Joe Kent, Executive Vice President RE: ESTABLISHING DESIGN STANDARDS FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECTS LESS THAN 150 UNITS SO PROJECTS

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Short-term rental ban deserves short life

You probably have heard that if you want less of something, all you need to do is tax and regulate it. Politicians are aware of this idea, which is why we have taxes and regulations on things such as alcohol, e-cigarettes and other products they consider “sinful,” unhealthy or a

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Hawaii’s biggest barrier to more housing is politics

Usually, when we say that “government” is responsible for the high price of housing in Hawaii, we are talking about bureaucracy: the rules, regulations, permits and barriers in general that make it difficult, time-consuming and expensive to build homes. But there is another side to the government’s role in the housing

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Maui mayor signs housing law, giving impression it will work

The Grassroot Institute testified the new ordinance is likely to do more harm than good by discouraging more homebuilding A new Maui County law is being promoted as a way to provide more affordable housing, despite considerable testimony that the promise might not quite work out that way. The law, formerly Bill 107, liberalizes the formula

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Do the right thing for Maui housing, not just ‘something’

“Do something,” goes the popular political call to action. But perhaps it would be better if politicians added a line from the medical field: “First, do no harm.” In the case of housing, the urge to “do something” too often means expanding the role of government, which research shows is

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Why Hawaii zoning laws should be abolished

Hawaii’s zoning laws prevent growth, are socially divisive, contribute to Hawaii’s high home prices and ought to be abolished, according to Nolan Gray, a former city planner in New York and research director for an housing advocacy group called California YIMBY. Gray was the featured guest on the Nov. 21,

Read More →

How to win the housing permitting game

I’ve been playing a new online game, but no matter what I do, I can’t seem to win. It’s a real-life simulation about getting authorized to build a house for your family. But I keep getting tripped up by Honolulu’s permitting process. The creative folks at Honolulu Civil Beat have

Read More →

Testimony: By-right approvals could lower the cost of housing

To: Maui County Council Affordable Housing Committee       Gabe Johnson, Chair       Michael Molina, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii             Joe Kent, Executive Vice President RE: ESTABLISHING DESIGN STANDARDS FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECTS LESS THAN 150 UNITS SO PROJECTS

Read More →

Short-term rental ban deserves short life

You probably have heard that if you want less of something, all you need to do is tax and regulate it. Politicians are aware of this idea, which is why we have taxes and regulations on things such as alcohol, e-cigarettes and other products they consider “sinful,” unhealthy or a

Read More →

Hawaii’s biggest barrier to more housing is politics

Usually, when we say that “government” is responsible for the high price of housing in Hawaii, we are talking about bureaucracy: the rules, regulations, permits and barriers in general that make it difficult, time-consuming and expensive to build homes. But there is another side to the government’s role in the housing

Read More →

Maui mayor signs housing law, giving impression it will work

The Grassroot Institute testified the new ordinance is likely to do more harm than good by discouraging more homebuilding A new Maui County law is being promoted as a way to provide more affordable housing, despite considerable testimony that the promise might not quite work out that way. The law, formerly Bill 107, liberalizes the formula

Read More →

Do the right thing for Maui housing, not just ‘something’

“Do something,” goes the popular political call to action. But perhaps it would be better if politicians added a line from the medical field: “First, do no harm.” In the case of housing, the urge to “do something” too often means expanding the role of government, which research shows is

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PETITION: Exempt medical services from Hawaii's excise tax!

To the Hawaii Legislature:

Hawaii families face skyrocketing healthcare costs and a shortage of doctors. Exempting medical services from Hawaii’s general excise tax would result in millions of dollars in savings for residents and help bring doctors back.

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