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Monday, June 16, 2014
Supreme Court Briefs in Bridge Aina Lea: Takings, Reclassification, and Orders to Show Cause
By Robert Thomas @ 7:26 PM :: 3459 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Land Use

Here are the merits briefs in an important case set for argument later this month in the Hawaii Supreme Court....

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Monday, June 09, 2014
9th Circuit Demands Briefing on Bridge Aina Lea Suit
By Robert Thomas @ 5:30 AM :: 5257 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Judiciary, Land Use

...several members of the State of Hawaii Land Use Commission were sued by the property owner in their individual as well as official capacities....

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Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Kyo-ya Case
By News Release @ 8:54 PM :: 3275 Views :: Development, Tourism

...the Hawaii Supreme Court announced it would consider the four-year legal challenge waged by a hui of environmental groups against the City and County of Honolulu....

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Saturday, May 31, 2014
Ige on Kakaako: ‘Too much, too fast’
By News Release @ 10:16 PM :: 3371 Views :: Development, Politicians

...We need to abide, throughout Hawaii, by the environmental and cultural regulations our state has enacted....

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Thursday, May 29, 2014
Aiea: More Condos, Fewer Traffic Lanes, and Toxic Waste
By News Release @ 3:24 AM :: 4566 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Development, Rail

...1,500 residential units in five towers will be the city’s first catalytic Transit Oriented Development project along the rail route....

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Dangerous by Design: Hawaii Worst for Elderly Pedestrian Fatalities
By News Release @ 9:15 PM :: 3945 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics, Rail

...while older residents age 65+ comprise 13.7 percent of our population, they accounted for nearly 42 percent of pedestrian fatalities across Hawaii....

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Sunday, May 18, 2014
The Turtle Bay Gut and Replace Bill
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4172 Views :: Environment, Development, Hawaii State Government

...something remarkable happened in the last days of our legislative session....

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Thursday, May 15, 2014
DBEDT: Building Permits Up 20.6%
By News Release @ 12:00 AM :: 3415 Views :: Development, Economy, Hawaii Statistics

...In its second quarter 2014 statistics and economic report, the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) projects stable economic growth in 2014 and beyond....

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Monday, April 28, 2014
Ige Opposes Appointment of Kobayashi VP to HCDA
By News Release @ 5:47 PM :: 4903 Views :: Development, Small Business

Ige said he would vote against confirming Brian Tamamototo permanently to fill a small-business seat of the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA)....

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Saturday, April 26, 2014
The Kobayashi Group is not a “Small Business” as Defined by the HCDA Law
By News Release @ 3:16 PM :: 3718 Views :: Development, Small Business

Kobayashi Group is in partnership with the Howard Hughes Corporation to build ONE Ala Moana, the ultra-luxury condominium being built above Nordstrom’s parking in Ala Moana....

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Friday, April 25, 2014
Ige: Pay for Turtle Bay by Refinancing Hawaii Convention Center
By News Release @ 5:17 PM :: 3939 Views :: Environment, Development, Hawaii State Government

"It would be an opportunity for us to within the existing resources acquire the easement." --Ige

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Friday, April 25, 2014
UPDATE: Do We Really Want Another ‘Waikiki’ in Kakaako-Makai?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:18 PM :: 4536 Views :: Development, OHA

...SB3122 conference hearing continues Friday, April 25, 2014 at 11:30am in conference room 312 (State Capitol)....

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Sunday, April 20, 2014
Historic Preservation: Public Denounces Amended Drafts of SB2633 and HB1678
By News Release @ 1:46 AM :: 3221 Views :: Development, Hawaii History

...SB2633 SD1 HD1 and HB1678 HD1 SD1 attempt to amend the definition of “historic property” by exempting residential properties....

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Thursday, April 17, 2014
Abercrombie Inks Turtle Bay Plan: Give Developers $48.5M, Let them Build Two Hotels
By News Release @ 10:15 PM :: 3445 Views :: Environment, Development

Phase III is the middle portion of the property near the existing hotel where two additional hotels and amenities are planned....

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Thursday, April 17, 2014
City Seeks Input on Transit-oriented Development, Affordable Housing
By News Release @ 6:19 PM :: 3478 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Rail

...developing an Affordable Housing Strategy for Oahu.....

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
HCDA Restructuring Among Bills Landing on Abercrombie's Desk
By News Release @ 7:32 PM :: 2876 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government

HB1866 HD2 SD2 is one of a number of bills that originated in the House, was amended by the Senate, and now goes to the Governor for his review....

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Saturday, April 12, 2014
Did State cheat OHA out of $150M on Kakaako land transfer?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:17 PM :: 3428 Views :: Development, OHA

OHA’s appraisal of the land deal, done by Medusky & Co., Inc. acknowledged that residential uses of that land are not permitted....

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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Friends of Kewalos Rallies as OHA Development Bill Heads to Conference Committee
By Video @ 4:51 AM :: 2862 Views :: Development, OHA

...the bill now moves into conference where selected Senate and House conferees will continue discussions....

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Monday, April 07, 2014
Why Infrastructure Projects Cost Way More Than They Should
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 11:21 PM :: 4402 Views :: National News, Development, Labor, Rail

The Atlantic Cities magazine published a condensed analysis of seven main reasons that explain why U.S infrastructure project cost more than elsewhere....

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Thursday, April 03, 2014
Rally Against OHA Kakaako Development Scheme
By News Release @ 4:29 PM :: 3213 Views :: Development, OHA

Capitol Rally on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 @ 11:00 am to 2:00pm....

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Tuesday, April 01, 2014
HCDA ‘Small Business’ Reps: Kobayashi & Mitsunaga
By News Release @ 1:44 PM :: 4261 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...the Kobayashi Group is an investor in a hui that plans to build one or more luxury developments in Kaka’ako....

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Friday, February 14, 2014
Urban Planning for People
By NCPA @ 1:41 AM :: 3024 Views :: Development, Rail

The “Nirvana” of a transit-, walking-, and cycling-oriented metropolitan area proves to be no Nirvana at all.... 

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Drop in Median Income Affects Affordable Housing Limits
By News Release @ 9:42 PM :: 3868 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Cost of Living

HUD determined that the city’s median income for a household of four is $82,600, down from $86,300 last year....

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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Hawaii Supreme Court Eases Path to Challenge Subdivision Approvals
By Robert Thomas @ 4:35 PM :: 4009 Views :: Development, Judiciary, Land Use

HAWSCT: Triggers To Administrative Appeals Must Be Clear And Noticed....

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Demographia: When Will Honolulu Urban Planners Wise Up and Follow the Chinese Communist Party Line?
By Selected News Articles @ 7:27 PM :: 3840 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics, Land Use

The United States is home to some of the most counter-productive land use regulation....

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Saturday, January 04, 2014
Senate Cttes Set Informational Hearing on Turtle Bay
By News Release @ 4:01 PM :: 3798 Views :: Environment, Development, Land Use
  • DATE: Wednesday, January 08, 2014
  • TIME: 10:30 a.m.
  • PLACE: Conference Room 016, State Capitol
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Monday, December 23, 2013
Supreme Court Invalidates LUC Koa Ridge Reclassification
By Robert Thomas @ 11:55 PM :: 5214 Views :: Development, Judiciary, Land Use

The court concluded that the commissioner did not qualify as a valid holdover ....

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Tuesday, December 03, 2013
HCDA, BoE, HHC, LUC: Abercrombie Announces Appointments
By News Release @ 9:01 PM :: 3484 Views :: Education K-12, Development, Hawaii State Government

Grant Y.M. Chun to the Board of Education (BOE); Doreen Napua Gomes to the Hawaiian Homes Commission; Aaron D. Mahi to the Land Use Commission (LUC); and Brian T. Tamamoto to the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA), Kakaako District....

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Tuesday, December 03, 2013
HSTA, Hotel Workers Sign Open Letter Calling for Kakaako Development Moratorium
By News Release @ 2:29 PM :: 3275 Views :: Development, Rail

Law imposing a one-year moratorium on HCDA approval of new projects that renews automatically....

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Saturday, November 23, 2013
Ethics complaint: HCDA Falsifies Kakaako Workforce Housing Affordability Formulas
By Ariel Salinas @ 6:40 PM :: 6639 Views :: Ethics, Development, Cost of Living

For a 1br-1ba unit, HCDA's falsified estimate sets the "affordable" price at $655K.  Using realistic assumptions the actual affordability price would be $371K--a difference of $284K....

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Thursday, November 21, 2013
Transit Spending Slows Urban Growth
By Selected News Articles @ 12:58 PM :: 2988 Views :: Development, Rail

...regions that spend more money on transit seem to grow slower than regions that spend less....

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Monday, November 18, 2013
Haseko Proposes Resort Zoning for Ewa Beach Development
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 11:41 PM :: 3699 Views :: Development

Submit comments by November 23....

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Friday, November 15, 2013
Who Can Afford Kakaako Workforce Housing?
By News Release @ 11:13 PM :: 4618 Views :: Development, Rail

Another hearing on the 801 South Street project will be held on Tuesday November 19 at 5:30 pm and a final hearing and decision making follows on Tuesday December 4....

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Thursday, November 14, 2013
Making TOD Happen: City Launches 'I Wish' Photo Campaign
By News Release @ 7:49 PM :: 3263 Views :: Development, Rail

Some of the photos will be on display at the “Making TOD Happen” symposium set for 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Neal Blaisdell Center....

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Friday, November 01, 2013
Honolulu Planning Dep’t: “Making TOD Happen”
By News Release @ 4:54 AM :: 3189 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Rail

Saturday, November 16, 2013, at the Neal Blaisdell Center....

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Sunday, October 20, 2013
Raising the Cost of “Affordable Housing”
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 3433 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

A couple of weeks ago, this commentary examined some of the hurdles that stand in the way of producing more affordable housing....

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Senators: Abercrombie Should Fill HCDA Vacancies
By News Release @ 3:19 AM :: 3816 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Hawaii State Government

In 2008, the Legislature amended H.R.S. §206E·3 to require Kakaako small business representation on HCDA. The cultural expert and Kakaako resident members were added last year by Act 323. At present, HCDA does not meet these membership requirements....

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Thursday, October 03, 2013
ULI Fellowship: Caldwell to Select Land Use Challenge
By News Release @ 11:17 PM :: 4065 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Land Use

Past classes of Rose Fellows have tackled challenges including revitalization of Detroit’s Livernois Avenue....

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Friday, September 20, 2013
Study: Smart Growth Produces High Housing Costs
By NCPA @ 3:34 AM :: 3575 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

The cost of owned housing rose 75 percent more in areas of higher poverty....

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Thursday, September 19, 2013
UHERO: The Unintended Consequences of Affordable Housing Policy
By UHERO @ 3:15 AM :: 4046 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

Honolulu City Council member Ron Menor has introduced a resolution to amend city policy on household income thresholds for affordable for-sale and/or rental housing....

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Monday, September 16, 2013
Full Text: Kapolei-Makakilo Neighborhood Board Passes Resolutions Against Ho'opili, Ewa Development Plan
By News Release @ 5:23 PM :: 3902 Views :: Development

Adopted by the Makakilo-Kapolei-Honokai Hale Neighborhood Board #34 at its August 28, 2013, meeting by a vote of 6 to 3....

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Thursday, September 12, 2013
Akana: OHA Should Consider Suing HCDA Over Kakaako
By News Release @ 10:37 PM :: 4042 Views :: Development, OHA

On August 6, 2013, OHA received a letter from HCDA stating they will not make any compromises to their plans and expects OHA to be a “good neighbor” and accept their plan for our property....

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Video: Roger Epstein talks with Grassroot Institute
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:46 PM :: 3408 Views :: Development, Judiciary

Roger Epstein, senior partner of Cades Schutte Law Firm, talks with Dr. Keli’i Akina about Hawaii as a center for global transformation....

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Monday, September 02, 2013
ILWU: An injury to one of our corporate employers is an injury to all?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:15 PM :: 4471 Views :: Environment, Development, Labor

"I'm going to f*** with the environmentalists even if I don't have a dog in the fight"

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Monday, August 19, 2013
Investors Submit Plan to Reorganize Hokulia Project
By News Release @ 11:47 AM :: 4674 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Greenmail

A hearing on the plan’s disclosure statement has been scheduled for Sept. 16, 2013....

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Thursday, August 08, 2013
UHERO: Coastal Zone Management in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 5:01 PM :: 3382 Views :: Environment, Development

Hawaii has 750 linear miles of coastline....

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Honolulu 1990 to 2010 Trends: What Do They Mean for the Next 20 Years?
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 10:20 PM :: 3977 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Rail
PANOS 2050: Solutions for a Sustainable Hawaii....
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Saturday, July 06, 2013
Bill 65 Will Destroy Historic Oahu Railway
By John Bond @ 2:02 AM :: 3114 Views :: Development

...several roads will be crossing the historic National Register Hawaiian Railway, including directly through their historic rail yard....

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Tuesday, July 02, 2013
State Historic Preservation Director Quits Under Fire from Feds
By News Release @ 11:54 PM :: 3851 Views :: Development, OHA, Rail

The announcement follows the release last Thursday of a report by the National Parks Service (NPS) that was critical of the division’s efforts....

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Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Kakaako Development and Honolulu's Trifecta of Failures
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 4:38 PM :: 3772 Views :: Development, Rail

Up to 5,000 new apartment and condominium units are being planned by the HCDA in Kakaako....

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