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Friday, January 13, 2017
Hawaii Supreme Court: Do County Plans Override Zoning Laws?
By Robert Thomas @ 1:55 PM :: 3597 Views :: Maui County, Land Use

... the parcel is zoned "Hotel" but is designated on the Community Plan as "park" ....

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Saturday, December 31, 2016
CNMI Government Takes House Lot from Owner, Refuses to Pay
By Robert Thomas @ 7:32 PM :: 3012 Views :: Land Use

...the court also issued a writ of execution, ordering the local branches of the banks in which the CNMI government kept its cash to deliver "all monies and proceeds" to the property owner's lawyer....

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Beachfront Property: Hawaii Supreme Court Considers Wipeout Regulatory Taking
By Robert Thomas @ 11:19 PM :: 3054 Views :: Land Use

...a case to watch being argued next week in the Hawaii Supreme Court....

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Friday, December 23, 2016
State Land Use Commission has not approved housing in the past 3 years
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:48 PM :: 3950 Views :: Development, Land Use

...the last project to be approved was in 2013....

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Friday, December 16, 2016
Interest in building ohana units rising on Maui
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:32 AM :: 4222 Views :: Maui County, Land Use, Cost of Living

Instead of spending money on enforcement, it would be better to use resources to expedite the permitting process....

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Trump Picks Montana Rep Zinke for Interior Secretary
By Selected News Articles @ 12:01 AM :: 6177 Views :: Akaka Bill, Energy, National News, Land Use

...Rep Ryan Zinke (R-MT) is a member of the House Natural Resources Committee....

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Tuesday, December 06, 2016
HBA Land Use Conference to Focus on Telescope, TOD, and GMOs
By Robert Thomas @ 9:18 PM :: 2258 Views :: Land Use
"Takings: Regulatory and Physical"
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Thursday, November 10, 2016
DLNR Bails out Insolvent Bishop Museum--Kalauao Valley Land Deal
By News Release @ 3:59 AM :: 3651 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Land Use

Really Obvious Question: How much did DLNR pay for this 635 acre parcel?  --- DLNR isn't telling ....

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Sunday, November 06, 2016
Build up, build out, or accept Hawaii’s high cost of living
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:47 AM :: 3495 Views :: Land Use, Cost of Living

...what isn’t working....

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Monday, October 24, 2016
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Home-Sharing
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:35 PM :: 3528 Views :: Land Use, Tourism

Mrs. Sandefur will be speaking on Oahu and Maui on October 24th and 31st respectively....

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Friday, October 07, 2016
Victory: Hawaii Supreme Court Approves Haleakala Solar Telescope
By News Release @ 3:01 AM :: 5263 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Higher Education, Land Use, OHA

By a 3-2 majority the court affirmed the state land board’s decision in 2012 to grant a permit to build the Telescope....

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Thursday, October 06, 2016
Supreme Court Hearing Hanalei Boatyard Case Today
By Robert Thomas @ 3:48 PM :: 3541 Views :: Kauai County, Land Use

Thursday, October 6, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Aliiolani Hale....

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Friday, September 30, 2016
More Regulation Won’t Make Housing Affordable
By Selected News Articles @ 9:31 PM :: 3199 Views :: Land Use, Cost of Living

“local barriers to housing development have intensified....”

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Thursday, September 29, 2016
Feds Propose 49 New Endangered Species for Hawaii
By News Release @ 4:14 PM :: 2951 Views :: Environment, Land Use

10 insects and 39 plants ....

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Thursday, August 25, 2016
Supreme Court to hear Hanalei Boatyard Case
By Robert Thomas @ 12:29 AM :: 3960 Views :: Kauai County, Land Use, Small Business

...the County of Kauai is condemning several Hanalei-area parcels to expand an adjacent public beach park....

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Hanalei Boatyard: NFIB, Owners Counsel ask Hawaii Supreme Court to Intervene
By News Release @ 5:17 AM :: 4232 Views :: Kauai County, Land Use, Small Business

The brief asks the Supreme Court to correct a critical error that could impact future eminent domain cases....

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Tuesday, August 09, 2016
Ige Appoints Nature Conservancy Employee to BLNR
By News Release @ 6:07 PM :: 2827 Views :: Environment, Land Use

...Ige announced the appointment of Samuel M. Gon III to the Board of Land and Natural Resources....

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Hawaii Supreme Court: Hanalei Boatyard Connected to Area 51?
By Robert Thomas @ 4:20 PM :: 3404 Views :: Kauai County, Land Use

The case involves three parcels on Kauai -- one of which is owned by a fellow who has been a thorn in the County's side....

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Thursday, July 07, 2016
Senate to Hold Revocable Permit Hearing
By News Release @ 5:42 PM :: 2192 Views :: Land Use

...Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 10:30 a.m., in Conference Room 224....

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Wednesday, July 06, 2016
NYT: How Anti-Growth Sentiment Thwarts Equality
By Selected News Articles @ 5:44 PM :: 2648 Views :: Land Use

“You don’t want rules made entirely for people that have something, at the expense of people who don’t,” said Jason Furman, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers....

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Friday, July 01, 2016
Why are there no mobile home parks in Hawaii?
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:33 PM :: 4009 Views :: Homelessness, Land Use

“Here in Hawaii we don’t have trailer parks–they’re not legal.”

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Ige Signs HB2501: A&B Keeps E Maui Water
By News Release @ 4:17 AM :: 3463 Views :: Maui County, Agriculture, Land Use

...HB2501 provides time to transition to a process that ensures water is distributed fairly in accordance with the public trust doctrine....

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Saturday, June 18, 2016
Rail: Caldwell’s Flip-Flop Opens Door to Lawsuits by Property Owners Targeted by HART
By Robert Thomas @ 6:55 PM :: 3360 Views :: Land Use, Rail

...if a taking is abandoned or dismissed prior to final judgment, the condemnor is on the hook for "damages."....

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Maui: 60% Bogus Signatures on Ballot Petition to Seize Farms from Owners
By News Release @ 5:00 PM :: 6909 Views :: Agriculture, Land Use, GMOs

...It's unclear how much was spent paying people to collect signatures, or where the money came from, because those loudly demanding transparency don't practice it themselves....

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Hawaii ICA Bungles Hanalei River Eminent Domain Case?
By Robert Thomas @ 4:09 AM :: 3311 Views :: Kauai County, Land Use

...we have an old eminent domain code and don't have a whole lot of current decisional law applying it....

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Monday, April 18, 2016
Guam Justice--34 Years After Mayor’s Land Grab
By Robert Thomas @ 11:02 PM :: 2277 Views :: Land Use

Guam land titles can be seriously messed up....

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Friday, April 08, 2016
9th Circuit Says Hawaii Cannabis Church Bogarted Evidence
By Robert Thomas @ 7:42 PM :: 4360 Views :: Environment, Land Use, Office of Elections, Drugs

Here's what we are reading today....

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Friday, April 08, 2016
Ige Announces Nominees for Board of Education, Land Use Commission
By News Release @ 2:01 PM :: 3779 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

The appointments are subject to confirmation by the Senate....

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Friday, April 08, 2016
Supreme Court on Koa Ridge: No Moratorium While IAL Process Underway
By Robert Thomas @ 2:59 AM :: 2551 Views :: Agriculture, Land Use

...the "agricultural lands" section of the Hawaii Constitution isn't self-executing....

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Thursday, April 07, 2016
Guam Can't Duck Suit Over Native Land Grab
By Selected News Articles @ 2:24 PM :: 2853 Views :: Land Use, Military

Ancestral landowners in Guam who claim they were never fully compensated for property confiscated during World War II will have their day in court....

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Thursday, March 31, 2016
Feds Gain Control over 157,000 Acres in Maui County
By News Release @ 5:46 PM :: 3141 Views :: Environment, Land Use

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today protected 157,000 acres of critical habitat for 125 species of plants and animals from the Hawaiian islands of Molokai, Maui and Kahoolawe....

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Thursday, March 31, 2016
Hawaii Land Use Laws Violate Fair Housing Act
By Selected News Articles @ 3:12 PM :: 3562 Views :: Land Use

...any policy that effectively discriminates against minorities, even if not intentional, violates the Fair Housing Act of 1968....

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Solving Hawaii Housing Crisis Through Land Use Reform
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:40 PM :: 2899 Views :: Land Use

...Hawaii land use policies discriminate unfairly against minorities and the poor....

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Friday, March 04, 2016
Hawaii Federal Court: Get Ready For Bridge Aina Lea Trial
By Robert Thomas @ 4:43 PM :: 3737 Views :: Hawaii County , Land Use

Bottom line: the plaintiff's takings claims are going to trial....

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Thursday, February 18, 2016
DLNR Task Force to Analyze Revocable Permits
By News Release @ 8:16 PM :: 2426 Views :: Land Use
The committee is expected to report its findings and recommendations to the chairs of the Hawaii State Senate Water, Land and Agriculture Committee and the State House Water and Land Committee by the end of April....
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Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Property Rights Court for Guam?
By Robert Thomas @ 10:23 AM :: 2194 Views :: Land Use

...We've asked whether Hawaii also might need a Property Rights Court....

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Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Bridge Aina Lea: Hawaii ‘Takings’ Case in Federal Court
By Robert Thomas @ 1:32 PM :: 3825 Views :: Hawaii County , Land Use

The State removed the civil rights lawsuit to U.S. District Court in Honolulu....

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Tuesday, February 09, 2016
State Looking For A TMT Hearing Officer–Deadline 430pm Today
By Robert Thomas @ 1:21 PM :: 3285 Views :: Higher Education, Land Use, OHA
Are you a lawyer and need something to do for the next 6-12 months?
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Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Fee Simple Conversion Bills Killed after KSBE Protests
By News Release @ 2:39 AM :: 2364 Views :: Land Use

Representative Yamane indicated that this effectively kills both bills for this session....

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Friday, February 05, 2016
Nai Aupuni Aha Illegally Blocks Protesters from Walking on Stolen Hawaiian Kingdom Road
By Andrew Walden @ 5:26 AM :: 4919 Views :: Akaka Bill, First Amendment, Land Use, OHA
“RHGC was required to provide and indicate on the approved grading plan, a pedestrian trail for public use over the project site leading from the Maunawili Estates Subdivision to Maunawili Falls.”
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Thursday, February 04, 2016
KSBE: We Will Fight Leasehold Conversion Bills
By News Release @ 7:02 PM :: 4513 Views :: Education K-12, Land Use, Small Business

A message from the Kam Schools CEO....

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Thursday, January 21, 2016
Speaker Souki Proposes Fee Simple Conversion of Commercial Land Leases
By Selected News Articles @ 2:52 AM :: 4311 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Land Use, Small Business

Hawaii has done it before with lands supporting single-family and multi-family homes. Those historic actions gave the ordinary working person new opportunities for true homeownership....

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Study Shows how Coral Death Hype can be used to Gain Control of Your Land
By News Release @ 1:12 PM :: 2781 Views :: Environment, Land Use

Water flow and sediment monitoring on coral reefs off the island of Lāna‘i provides conservation projects with guide for Ridge-to-Reef Management....

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016
HB1170: Geothermal Fast-track, part two
By Selected News Articles @ 7:47 PM :: 2984 Views :: Energy, Land Use

The legislative session has yet to even begin, and House leaders are already poised to fast-track a set of blanket exemptions for power producers....

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Gold Coast Seawall Hot Potato Case: Supreme Court Hears Arguments
By Robert Thomas @ 6:20 PM :: 2489 Views :: Land Use

A case that we've been following with some mild amusement has reached the Hawaii Supreme Court....

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Friday, January 08, 2016
Lawsuits Have Consequences: Aloha To Hawaii Sugar
By Robert Thomas @ 5:43 PM :: 4282 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, Land Use

Since about the 1970's, sugar plantations have been legal pariahs....

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Friday, January 08, 2016
DLNR to Loosen Death Grip on Hilo Businesses?
By News Release @ 1:53 PM :: 4056 Views :: Hawaii County , Land Use, Small Business

One of the leases at Banyan Drive has expired and has been placed on a month-to-month revocable permit. Other leases at Banyan Drive and in the Kanoelehua Industrial Area will expire in the next several years....

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Thursday, January 07, 2016
Oregon Standoff: Cooperative Management vs Federal Control
By Video @ 4:26 AM :: 3497 Views :: Environment, Land Use, Second Amendment

Full Transcript of Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) Floor Speech January 5, 2016....

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Wednesday, January 06, 2016
VIDEO: Hawaii Water Law In A Nutshell
By Robert Thomas @ 9:38 PM :: 3362 Views :: Environment, Land Use

If you want a crash course in Hawaii's unique (some would say weird) water law, you can't do better than this video....

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Hoopili: Is the State Prohibited from Rezoning "Potential" Important Ag Land?
By Robert Thomas @ 4:10 AM :: 5139 Views :: Agriculture, Development, Land Use, Rail

...last week, the Hawaii Supreme Court issued a 4-1 ruling in Friends of Makakilo v. D.R. Horton-Schuler Homes, LLC....

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