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Housing, Land Use & Zoning

Testimony — SB1, relating to ALOHA homes

Photo by Charley Myers The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on on Feb. 26, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Ways and Means. ______________ To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair Senator Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran, Vice Chair

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Testimony on Maui ‘affordable housing’ proposal, Part 2

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council on Feb. 19, 2021. __________ To: Council of the County of Maui Alice Lee, Chair Keani Rawlins-Fernandez, Vice-Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent, Executive vice president Grassroot Institute of Hawaii RE: A proposed

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Kent to Maui Council: ‘This is increasing hurdles to housing’

The video below features Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, presenting testimony on Feb. 19, 2021, to the Maui County Council regarding a proposal to increase the county’s affordable housing requirement from 50% to 75%. His message, basically, was that “the policy intended to generate

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Testimony on Maui ‘affordable housing’ proposal

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council’s Affordable Housing Committee on Feb. 10, 2021. __________ To: Council of the County of Maui Affordable Housing Committee Gabe Johnson, Committee Chair Michael J. Molina, Committee Vice-Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe

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Testimony X 4 — Relating to housing

Photo by Charley Myers This is a combination of four separate testimonies submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Housing on Feb. 9, 2021. ___________ To: Senate Committee on Housing Sen. Stanley Chang, Chair Sen. Dru Mamo Kanuha, Vice Chair From: Grassroot

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Testimony re: SB137 — Relating to land use

The following is testimony that was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Jan. 29, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Water and Land. _________________ To: Senate Committee on Water and Land Sen. Lorraine R. Inouye, Chair Sen. Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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What we can do to lower the cost of housing in Hawaii

Photo by Charley Myers The following is the cover letter we included when we sent two recent housing studies to all lawmakers throughout the islands, at both the state and county levels. Written by Joe Kent, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii executive vice president, the letter introduced “How to Build Affordable,

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Rein in this red-tape rascal to encourage more housing

Photo by Charley Myers When your state lacks sufficient housing, the last thing you should do is make building a difficult, risky and lengthy process. But that’s exactly what Hawaii has done by creating levels of bureaucracy that strangle development. On this week’s episode of “Hawaii Together” on ThinkTech Hawaii,

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LUC reform isn’t glamorous, but it’s important

Keli’i Akina’s “Hawaii Together” program on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, on ThinkTech Hawaii was all about the state Land Use Commission, which both he and his guest acknowledged isn’t typically the most captivating of topics. “You know all there is to know about the Land Use Commission,” Akina said to Grassroot Institute of Hawaii research

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Testimony — SB1, relating to ALOHA homes

Photo by Charley Myers The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on on Feb. 26, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Ways and Means. ______________ To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair Senator Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran, Vice Chair

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Testimony on Maui ‘affordable housing’ proposal, Part 2

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council on Feb. 19, 2021. __________ To: Council of the County of Maui Alice Lee, Chair Keani Rawlins-Fernandez, Vice-Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent, Executive vice president Grassroot Institute of Hawaii RE: A proposed

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Kent to Maui Council: ‘This is increasing hurdles to housing’

The video below features Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, presenting testimony on Feb. 19, 2021, to the Maui County Council regarding a proposal to increase the county’s affordable housing requirement from 50% to 75%. His message, basically, was that “the policy intended to generate

Read More →

Testimony on Maui ‘affordable housing’ proposal

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council’s Affordable Housing Committee on Feb. 10, 2021. __________ To: Council of the County of Maui Affordable Housing Committee Gabe Johnson, Committee Chair Michael J. Molina, Committee Vice-Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe

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Testimony X 4 — Relating to housing

Photo by Charley Myers This is a combination of four separate testimonies submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Housing on Feb. 9, 2021. ___________ To: Senate Committee on Housing Sen. Stanley Chang, Chair Sen. Dru Mamo Kanuha, Vice Chair From: Grassroot

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Testimony re: SB137 — Relating to land use

The following is testimony that was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Jan. 29, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Water and Land. _________________ To: Senate Committee on Water and Land Sen. Lorraine R. Inouye, Chair Sen. Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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What we can do to lower the cost of housing in Hawaii

Photo by Charley Myers The following is the cover letter we included when we sent two recent housing studies to all lawmakers throughout the islands, at both the state and county levels. Written by Joe Kent, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii executive vice president, the letter introduced “How to Build Affordable,

Read More →

Rein in this red-tape rascal to encourage more housing

Photo by Charley Myers When your state lacks sufficient housing, the last thing you should do is make building a difficult, risky and lengthy process. But that’s exactly what Hawaii has done by creating levels of bureaucracy that strangle development. On this week’s episode of “Hawaii Together” on ThinkTech Hawaii,

Read More →

LUC reform isn’t glamorous, but it’s important

Keli’i Akina’s “Hawaii Together” program on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, on ThinkTech Hawaii was all about the state Land Use Commission, which both he and his guest acknowledged isn’t typically the most captivating of topics. “You know all there is to know about the Land Use Commission,” Akina said to Grassroot Institute of Hawaii research

Read More →