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Housing, Land Use & Zoning

Is there life after Downtown Walmart?

It seems a lot of people were surprised last week to hear that the huge Walmart store in Downtown Honolulu will be closing this month. It’s tempting to speculate about what this means for the future of retail in the area, but we shouldn’t make broad assumptions based on the closure of

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SB428 SD1 HD1: Cesspools are not a one-size-fits-all issue

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce on March 21, 2023. _____________ March 21, 2023 2 p.m. Conference Room 329 and Via Videoconference To: House Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce       Rep.

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Hawaii County should be wary of short-term rental ban, Kent says

Hawaii County already has some of the most restrictive housing regulations in the U.S., and now it is looking at some harsh restrictions on short-term rentals. Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, addressed that issue and other housing-related topics recently during a visit in late

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Bill 37 fails to account for inflation so roll with Bill 38 instead

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Honolulu City Council on March 15, 2023. ___________ March 15, 2023 10 a.m. Honolulu City Council Chambers To: Honolulu City and County Council       Tommy Waters, Chair       Esther Kia‘aina, Vice Chair

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Bill 38 would increase property tax break and index it to inflation

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Honolulu City and County Council on March 15, 2023. ___________ March 15, 2023 10 a.m. Honolulu City Council Chambers To: Honolulu City and County Council       Tommy Waters, Chair       Esther Kia‘aina,

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Is there life after Downtown Walmart?

It seems a lot of people were surprised last week to hear that the huge Walmart store in Downtown Honolulu will be closing this month. It’s tempting to speculate about what this means for the future of retail in the area, but we shouldn’t make broad assumptions based on the closure of

Read More →

SB428 SD1 HD1: Cesspools are not a one-size-fits-all issue

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce on March 21, 2023. _____________ March 21, 2023 2 p.m. Conference Room 329 and Via Videoconference To: House Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce       Rep.

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Hawaii County should be wary of short-term rental ban, Kent says

Hawaii County already has some of the most restrictive housing regulations in the U.S., and now it is looking at some harsh restrictions on short-term rentals. Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, addressed that issue and other housing-related topics recently during a visit in late

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Bill 37 fails to account for inflation so roll with Bill 38 instead

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Honolulu City Council on March 15, 2023. ___________ March 15, 2023 10 a.m. Honolulu City Council Chambers To: Honolulu City and County Council       Tommy Waters, Chair       Esther Kia‘aina, Vice Chair

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Bill 38 would increase property tax break and index it to inflation

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Honolulu City and County Council on March 15, 2023. ___________ March 15, 2023 10 a.m. Honolulu City Council Chambers To: Honolulu City and County Council       Tommy Waters, Chair       Esther Kia‘aina,

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