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Housing, Land Use & Zoning

Think outside the box to cut permit delays

Albert Einstein once pointed out, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” That’s good advice for anyone trying to address Hawaii’s acute lack of housing. Two days ago, a colleague of mine at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, Joe Kent, spoke to

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Maui housing takes another hit

When bureaucracy grows, housing does not. That’s because more bureaucracy nearly always results in more regulation and delays — and I hope someday soon the majority of our policymakers in Hawaii will figure this out. The latest bureaucratic wrench to be thrown into the gears of homebuilding, especially on Maui,

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New water bureaucracy bad news for Maui housing

Maui’s water bureaucracy just got a lot more bureaucratic, and that could cause significant delays in homebuilding on the island. The state Commission on Water Resource Management, the state agency that administers the State Water Code, in June designated West Maui as a surface water and groundwater management area after

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Kent, Tumpap look ahead after impressive housing event on Maui

“Wow.” That was Pamela Tumpap’s reaction to Tobias Peter’s July 13 presentation in Kahului on the “Tokyo model” of housing. Tumpap, president of the Maui Chamber of Commerce, said this past Tuesday on her KAOI radio show, “Business Matters,” that it was “really the whole presentation. … There was so much to

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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

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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.

Read More →

Think outside the box to cut permit delays

Albert Einstein once pointed out, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” That’s good advice for anyone trying to address Hawaii’s acute lack of housing. Two days ago, a colleague of mine at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, Joe Kent, spoke to

Read More →

Maui housing takes another hit

When bureaucracy grows, housing does not. That’s because more bureaucracy nearly always results in more regulation and delays — and I hope someday soon the majority of our policymakers in Hawaii will figure this out. The latest bureaucratic wrench to be thrown into the gears of homebuilding, especially on Maui,

Read More →

New water bureaucracy bad news for Maui housing

Maui’s water bureaucracy just got a lot more bureaucratic, and that could cause significant delays in homebuilding on the island. The state Commission on Water Resource Management, the state agency that administers the State Water Code, in June designated West Maui as a surface water and groundwater management area after

Read More →

Kent, Tumpap look ahead after impressive housing event on Maui

“Wow.” That was Pamela Tumpap’s reaction to Tobias Peter’s July 13 presentation in Kahului on the “Tokyo model” of housing. Tumpap, president of the Maui Chamber of Commerce, said this past Tuesday on her KAOI radio show, “Business Matters,” that it was “really the whole presentation. … There was so much to

Read More →

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.

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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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