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Housing, Land Use & Zoning

‘Singapore model’ doesn’t sing for Hawaii housing

A proposal to build high-rise housing in Hawaii based on the so-called Singapore model could end up costing Hawaii taxpayers dearly — and distract from implementing the more effective solution of simply streamlining land-use regulations so it would be easier to build homes. Waving the banner for this proposal is

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Higher taxes do not make housing cheaper

Many Hawaii taxpayers breathed a sigh of relief after the state Supreme Court on Oct. 19 voided a ballot question that would’ve allowed the state to raise taxes on investment real property. Supporters of the proposal had argued that higher taxes could be the key to making housing in the

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Maui Event: Build up or build out?

Should developers in Hawaii “build up” or “build out” to help ease the housing shortage in Hawaii? Randal O’Toole, land-use regulation expert and senior fellow at the Cato Institute, says higher-density zoning (building up) might not be the solution to the housing crunch; opening up more land for housing (building

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Maui should relax its housing and zoning laws

Unlike the state, the four counties in Hawaii have the unique ability to collect revenues from property taxes, and this should make the goal of providing housing especially attractive for county lawmakers. In fiscal year 2019, property tax revenues make up 54 percent of Maui County’s $591 million operating budget,

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‘Stacks of rule for renters’

Everyone please welcome award-winning cartoonist and illustrator David Swann to the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii team. Formerly the editorial cartoonist for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, he directs his first cartoon for us at recent news stories about Hawaii’s affordable housing crisis. BTW, “STACKS OF RULES FOR RENTERS” was the headline of

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Empty retail an opportunity

It’s clearly not the end of brick-and-mortar retail, but retail vacancies on Maui are on the rise, and mall owners may need to find new uses for their properties. Given Maui’s housing shortage, could empty retail space be transitioned into housing? Aaron Lief of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii writes

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Easier to build mansions on Maui than apartments

By Joe Kent Have you ever wondered why developers on Maui spend their time building mansions instead of affordable homes? At first glance, it would seem they could make more money building mansions, but that isn’t necessarily the case. Surprisingly, developers often make less money on mansions than if they

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‘Singapore model’ doesn’t sing for Hawaii housing

A proposal to build high-rise housing in Hawaii based on the so-called Singapore model could end up costing Hawaii taxpayers dearly — and distract from implementing the more effective solution of simply streamlining land-use regulations so it would be easier to build homes. Waving the banner for this proposal is

Read More →

Higher taxes do not make housing cheaper

Many Hawaii taxpayers breathed a sigh of relief after the state Supreme Court on Oct. 19 voided a ballot question that would’ve allowed the state to raise taxes on investment real property. Supporters of the proposal had argued that higher taxes could be the key to making housing in the

Read More →

Maui Event: Build up or build out?

Should developers in Hawaii “build up” or “build out” to help ease the housing shortage in Hawaii? Randal O’Toole, land-use regulation expert and senior fellow at the Cato Institute, says higher-density zoning (building up) might not be the solution to the housing crunch; opening up more land for housing (building

Read More →

Maui should relax its housing and zoning laws

Unlike the state, the four counties in Hawaii have the unique ability to collect revenues from property taxes, and this should make the goal of providing housing especially attractive for county lawmakers. In fiscal year 2019, property tax revenues make up 54 percent of Maui County’s $591 million operating budget,

Read More →

‘Stacks of rule for renters’

Everyone please welcome award-winning cartoonist and illustrator David Swann to the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii team. Formerly the editorial cartoonist for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, he directs his first cartoon for us at recent news stories about Hawaii’s affordable housing crisis. BTW, “STACKS OF RULES FOR RENTERS” was the headline of

Read More →

Empty retail an opportunity

It’s clearly not the end of brick-and-mortar retail, but retail vacancies on Maui are on the rise, and mall owners may need to find new uses for their properties. Given Maui’s housing shortage, could empty retail space be transitioned into housing? Aaron Lief of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii writes

Read More →

Easier to build mansions on Maui than apartments

By Joe Kent Have you ever wondered why developers on Maui spend their time building mansions instead of affordable homes? At first glance, it would seem they could make more money building mansions, but that isn’t necessarily the case. Surprisingly, developers often make less money on mansions than if they

Read More →