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Housing, Land Use & Zoning

Why Hawaii should consider the ‘Tokyo model’ for housing

Two presentations in Hawaii earlier this month by Tobias Peter of the AEI Housing Center were among the best ever sponsored by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, and now everyone can see what transpired by clicking on the video below. A complete transcript of the event is also provided. Peter

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Maui housing bill recommitted after institute gives testimony

Testimony from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii helped convince members of the Maui County Council this week that a bill to impose a form of price fixing on new affordable housing projects should be reconsidered. Joe Kent, institute executive vice president, submitted written testimony regarding Bill 107 last Friday, then delivered oral testimony via

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How to take politics out of housing

Except for maybe a few outliers, I think virtually everyone in Hawaii agrees that we need more affordable housing, right? So why, then, do we so often see such strident public opposition to new projects or zoning reforms that might expand the stock of housing for our families, friends and

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Testimony: Kent expands on Maui housing bill flaws

The following is Joe Kent’s oral testimony before the Maui County Council on July 18, 2022, regarding Bill 107 (CD1). According the measure, it would establish “a new method of determining the sales price of an affordable dwelling unit to include the total housing costs associated with home ownership such

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Maui Council on verge of worsening housing crisis

In a misguided effort to create more affordable housing, the Maui County Council is about to make the problem worse. The Council is considering a measure, Bill 107 (CD1), that would lower the cost of homes designated as “affordable” by changing the rules that govern how the sellers can price them.

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Maui’s sky-high home prices a ‘self-inflicted wound’

Photo courtesy of Maui Now This news article was originally published in Maui Now on July 14, 2022. _____________ By Gaylord Paul Garcia Maui’s record home prices and the impacts that have resulted in displaced residents, are not unique, but there are potential solutions, according to a researcher from a

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How to make housing affordable in Hawaii (Oahu presentation)

Unreasonable. Irrational. A travesty. Those were some of the terms used by Stanford Carr, president of Stanford Carr Development, and David Arakawa, executive director of the Land Use Research Foundation, to describe land-use planning in the state, at a no-holds-barred but laughter-filled June 17 presentation on Oahu, sponsored by the

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How to make housing affordable in Hawaii (Maui presentation)

Photos by Sean Mitsui Making housing more affordable on Maui could be accomplished through two changes to the island’s status quo on development: comprehensive rezoning and greater density.  But making those changes will be easier said than done. Why? The answer may be that Maui is “schizophrenic.” “Sure, everybody says

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‘Hawaii zoning atlas’ will identify barriers to housing

Hawaii’s acute lack of affordable housing is “largely a manufactured crisis,” according to Trey Gordner, the featured guest on Monday’s “Hawaii Together” program on ThinkTech Hawaii. Gordner is a civic technologist who recently earned a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from Virginia Tech. His thesis was on measuring

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Why Hawaii should consider the ‘Tokyo model’ for housing

Two presentations in Hawaii earlier this month by Tobias Peter of the AEI Housing Center were among the best ever sponsored by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, and now everyone can see what transpired by clicking on the video below. A complete transcript of the event is also provided. Peter

Read More →

Maui housing bill recommitted after institute gives testimony

Testimony from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii helped convince members of the Maui County Council this week that a bill to impose a form of price fixing on new affordable housing projects should be reconsidered. Joe Kent, institute executive vice president, submitted written testimony regarding Bill 107 last Friday, then delivered oral testimony via

Read More →

How to take politics out of housing

Except for maybe a few outliers, I think virtually everyone in Hawaii agrees that we need more affordable housing, right? So why, then, do we so often see such strident public opposition to new projects or zoning reforms that might expand the stock of housing for our families, friends and

Read More →

Testimony: Kent expands on Maui housing bill flaws

The following is Joe Kent’s oral testimony before the Maui County Council on July 18, 2022, regarding Bill 107 (CD1). According the measure, it would establish “a new method of determining the sales price of an affordable dwelling unit to include the total housing costs associated with home ownership such

Read More →

Maui Council on verge of worsening housing crisis

In a misguided effort to create more affordable housing, the Maui County Council is about to make the problem worse. The Council is considering a measure, Bill 107 (CD1), that would lower the cost of homes designated as “affordable” by changing the rules that govern how the sellers can price them.

Read More →

Maui’s sky-high home prices a ‘self-inflicted wound’

Photo courtesy of Maui Now This news article was originally published in Maui Now on July 14, 2022. _____________ By Gaylord Paul Garcia Maui’s record home prices and the impacts that have resulted in displaced residents, are not unique, but there are potential solutions, according to a researcher from a

Read More →

How to make housing affordable in Hawaii (Oahu presentation)

Unreasonable. Irrational. A travesty. Those were some of the terms used by Stanford Carr, president of Stanford Carr Development, and David Arakawa, executive director of the Land Use Research Foundation, to describe land-use planning in the state, at a no-holds-barred but laughter-filled June 17 presentation on Oahu, sponsored by the

Read More →

How to make housing affordable in Hawaii (Maui presentation)

Photos by Sean Mitsui Making housing more affordable on Maui could be accomplished through two changes to the island’s status quo on development: comprehensive rezoning and greater density.  But making those changes will be easier said than done. Why? The answer may be that Maui is “schizophrenic.” “Sure, everybody says

Read More →

‘Hawaii zoning atlas’ will identify barriers to housing

Hawaii’s acute lack of affordable housing is “largely a manufactured crisis,” according to Trey Gordner, the featured guest on Monday’s “Hawaii Together” program on ThinkTech Hawaii. Gordner is a civic technologist who recently earned a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from Virginia Tech. His thesis was on measuring

Read More →