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Thursday, November 5, 2020
DLNR Steps Up Efforts to Manage Homelessness Across Public Lands
By Selected News Articles @ 9:20 PM :: 582 Views :: Environment, Homelessness, Land Use

...“I don’t see any end in sight, really, because it just seems to have gotten worse"....

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Friday, October 2, 2020
Rein in this red-tape rascal
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:02 PM :: 746 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...When your state lacks sufficient housing, the last thing you should do is make building a difficult, risky and lengthy process. But that’s exactly what Hawaii has done....

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020
More Housing Hawaii Residents Can Afford
By Video @ 4:09 AM :: 721 Views :: Land Use, Cost of Living

...Hawaii’s residents need more housing that they can afford. And one of the simplest ways to provide it would be to reform a mysterious organization called the Land Use Commission....

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Friday, September 25, 2020
Reform state LUC to encourage more housing, new report says
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:50 AM :: 603 Views :: Land Use, Cost of Living

...The state Land Use Commission has strayed from its core mission, leading to fewer homes and higher home prices for Hawaii residents....

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Saturday, September 19, 2020
Transit and the Mania for Density
By News Release @ 2:30 PM :: 818 Views :: Development, Land Use, Rail

...the Rasputin of urban planning....

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Thursday, September 17, 2020
Waikoloa Mauka Project Now Subject of FBI Investigation, Developer Says
By Selected News Articles @ 7:51 PM :: 1342 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Development, Land Use

...he unwittingly bought into a scheme that is now the subject of an FBI investigation....

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Friday, September 11, 2020
The New Champion Of Private Property Rights Is … Barack Obama?
By Selected News Articles @ 2:02 AM :: 2285 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Land Use, Obama

...Obama and his longtime colleague Marty Nesbitt want a 100-year-old sea wall rebuilt and fortified to protect a planned Hawaii retreat....

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Liberalize West Maui Plan to encourage more housing
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:42 PM :: 632 Views :: Maui County, Land Use

... The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii advises Maui planners against adding more regulations if they wants more housing ....

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Thursday, August 27, 2020
Bridge Aina Lea: US Supreme Court Urged to Hear Case
By Robert Thomas @ 3:14 AM :: 823 Views :: Hawaii County , Land Use

 ...'This case is the proverbial 'Exhibit A' of much that is wrong with takings law.'....

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Sunday, August 9, 2020
OHA to Take Over Honolulu Council?
By Andrew Walden @ 3:30 AM :: 5246 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development, Land Use, OHA

...two OHA operatives are in the Council runoff elections this November with one goal in mind--help OHA upzone Kakaako Makai so it can build hotels and condos up to the sky....

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Sunday, July 19, 2020
Bridge Aina Lea Heading to US Supreme Court?
By Robert Thomas @ 12:13 AM :: 1097 Views :: Hawaii County , Land Use

...Cert Petition: "This case is the proverbial 'Exhibit A' of much that is wrong [with takings law]...."

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Thursday, June 4, 2020
Land Use: Disparate Impact
By Selected News Articles @ 11:38 PM :: 940 Views :: Land Use, Cost of Living

...the Trump administration has since revised the rule, making it more difficult to challenge land-use rules that make housing more expensive....

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Friday, May 22, 2020
COVID-19 Proves Hawai’i Central Planners Got it All Wrong
By Mary Smart @ 10:38 PM :: 1189 Views :: Land Use, Rail, COVID-19

...Hawai’i central planners should reevaluate their push to implement more and more projects, such as TOD, mass transit, and shared vehicles, which contribute to the spread of disease....

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Friday, April 3, 2020
Bridge Aina Lea: What Constitutes Loss?
By Robert Thomas @ 12:07 AM :: 909 Views :: Hawaii County , Land Use

...The opinion also adds to the growing confusion about whether the regulatory takings doctrine deals with use or value....  

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Thursday, March 26, 2020
The Royal Origins Of "Police Power" Hawaii-Style: The King v. Tong Lee (1880)
By Robert Thomas @ 10:50 AM :: 1355 Views :: Hawaii History, Land Use, Small Business

...the first Hawaii case which uses the term "police power"....

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Thursday, March 26, 2020
Prince Kuhio’s Fight to Americanize Hawaii
By Andrew Walden @ 12:01 AM :: 22308 Views :: DHHL, Agriculture, Hawaii History, Land Use

...the homestead associations he championed in his first decade of service were multi-ethnic groups seeking the fee-simple ownership of land promised in the Hawaii Organic Act....

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Thursday, February 20, 2020
Bridge Aina Lea: 9th Circuit Takes Developer's Last Dollar
By Robert Thomas @ 2:44 AM :: 1929 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Land Use

...the District Court had awarded nominal compensation ($1), after the jury concluded that the State of Hawaii took Aina Lea's property....

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Who’s to blame for high housing costs? It’s more complicated than you think.
By Selected News Articles @ 8:37 PM :: 2018 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...Public debate falls into two schools of thought as to why housing costs are so high....

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Friday, February 14, 2020
Five little words could solve Hawaii's housing crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:06 PM :: 1703 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...More mandates and government red tape won’t build houses....

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Friday, January 31, 2020
Hawaii’s housing crisis, in 63 seconds
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:35 PM :: 1268 Views :: Land Use, Cost of Living

...no land shortage....

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Saturday, December 28, 2019
WSJ: Aloha Increasingly Means Goodbye Thanks to High Taxes
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:29 PM :: 3381 Views :: Jones Act, Land Use, Taxes, Cost of Living

...With an 11% top rate, many Hawaii residents are looking for two tickets out of paradise....

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Land Use: Hawaii Supreme Court Creates New Procedural Hoop to Jump Through
By Robert Thomas @ 12:04 PM :: 1667 Views :: Development, Land Use

...HAWSCT: When Agency Includes Conditions In Phase 1 Land Use Permit, But Later Removes The Conditions In Phase 2 Permit, Party Who Asked For Conditions Is Entitled To Notification....

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Friday, December 6, 2019
Liberate Hawaii Homebuilding
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:28 PM :: 1847 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...smaller steps that could lead to big results....

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Friday, November 15, 2019
Monster Homes: Auditor Rips Department of Planning and Permitting
By News Release @ 2:45 AM :: 3004 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Land Use

"...We found that the Department of Planning and Permitting does not effectively manage building permits and inspections...."

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Thursday, November 7, 2019
OHA premieres new Maui water rights film
By News Release @ 1:33 PM :: 2281 Views :: Maui County, Greenmail, Land Use, OHA

...The community event, called E Ola I Ka Wai: Elevating Advocacy to Protect Our Precious Waters, is a partnership between OHA and the Waiwai Collective....

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Saturday, October 26, 2019
​Why we have a Housing Crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:33 AM :: 2423 Views :: Development, Economy, Land Use

...When supply can’t keep up with demand, prices go up....

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Ige Names Three to BLNR
By News Release @ 1:35 AM :: 1786 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Land Use

...Vernon Char, Wesley “Kaiwi” Yoon, Christopher Yuen....

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Opportunity Urbanism for Honolulu?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:12 PM :: 1845 Views :: Development, Land Use

...Houston is America's largest city without any zoning laws....

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Friday, September 13, 2019
Hawaii: 'Natural Resources Management' Jobs up 33%
By News Release @ 5:00 AM :: 2437 Views :: Environment, Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Land Use

...Hawai‘i’s natural resource management jobs were at least 4,697 in 2018....

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Monday, August 26, 2019
DPP Can't Handle Your Permit, but Has Time for Global Warming 'Pop-ups'
By News Release @ 11:27 PM :: 2990 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Development, Land Use

...The Department of Planning and Permitting is holding a series of pop-up workshops to gather input on how climate change and sea level rise will affect the area between Kāhala and Pearl City, also known as the Primary Urban Center....

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Friday, August 9, 2019
Bridge Aina Lea: Statute of Limitations?
By Robert Thomas @ 12:10 AM :: 2543 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Land Use

...Here is the motion asking the Hawaii Supreme Court for leave to file an amicus curiae brief (and the proposed brief)....

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019
BLNR Nominees Sought
By News Release @ 6:23 PM :: 2919 Views :: Environment, Development, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

...Ige is recruiting qualified and dedicated people who are interested in serving on the State Board of Land and Natural Resources....

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Honolulu's New Short-Term Rental Ordinance Challenged In Federal Court
By Robert Thomas @ 4:01 PM :: 3932 Views :: Honolulu County, Land Use, Small Business, Tourism

... read the full complaint ....

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Climate Commission Outlines Plan to Seize Shoreline Real Estate if Hurricane Hits
By News Release @ 11:16 PM :: 2323 Views :: Environment, Land Use

"...Disasters provide critical windows of opportunity and funding for improving resilience to future disasters and changing conditions with climate change and sea level rise...."

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019
City holding workshops to update Primary Urban Center plan
By News Release @ 5:24 PM :: 2532 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Land Use

...The PUC spans from Wai‘alae-Kāhala to Pearl City....

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Saturday, July 20, 2019
Machado: “OHA has no position on the siting of the TMT on Maunakea”
By Andrew Walden @ 11:02 PM :: 6580 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Greenmail, Higher Education, Land Use, OHA

...Trustees are reminding Governor Ige of OHA’s real goal—not stopping the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) but gaining control of thousands of acres atop Mauna Kea.... 

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Sunday, June 30, 2019
The Tax on Ghost Homes
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3102 Views :: Development, Land Use, Taxes

... a vacant home fee of 5% or 10% ....

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Saturday, June 29, 2019
Housing and the Hendersons
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:38 AM :: 2736 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...It is universally acknowledged that Hawaii residents need more homes. So why is it so hard to build them?....

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Friday, June 28, 2019
What The US Supreme Court's Property Rights Decision Means For Hawaii's Property Owners
By Robert Thomas @ 3:10 AM :: 5333 Views :: National News, Development, Judiciary, Land Use, Small Business, Tourism

...Hawaii’s property owners now have many more options for fighting back against oppressive government regulation of property than they did last week.... 

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Thursday, June 27, 2019
Auditor Rips DLNR Leasehold Management
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 9:57 PM :: 3186 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Land Use, Small Business

...The absence of long-range planning has left the Land Division staff without the expertise, resources, and options to actively and effectively manage its land portfolio....

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Thursday, May 23, 2019
Debunk: Sierra Club Fluff Piece on Hawaii Carbon Credit Scheme
By Andrew Walden @ 5:44 PM :: 3834 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Ethics, Land Use

...Apparently nobody at the Sierra Club Magazine knows what a penny stock tout is....

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Ige: New Rules for EIS Process
By News Release @ 9:41 PM :: 3009 Views :: Environment, Land Use

...Gov. Ige has set July 30, 2019 as the date he will sign the new rules for the state Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process. The new rules will take effect on Aug. 9, 2019....

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Relax Maui zoning to allow more urban dwellings
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:28 AM :: 4200 Views :: Maui County, Land Use, Cost of Living

...For many Maui families, purchasing a home is a pipe dream. However, there may be an opportunity for them to realize that dream, if county residents would be open to reforming local housing regulations....

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Friday, April 5, 2019
DLNR Seeks Bidders to Redevelop Ala Wai Harbor
By News Release @ 2:09 PM :: 4573 Views :: Honolulu County, Land Use, OHA, Small Business, Tourism

...The redevelopment should take into consideration input received in the DTL, LLC Final Report....

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Is Leasehold Housing Built on Government Land a Solution to Unaffordable Housing in Honolulu?
By UHERO @ 4:50 AM :: 3580 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...the State (in 1967) and the City and County of Honolulu (in 2004) passed legislation designed to dismantle leasehold housing on private lands....

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Sunday, March 10, 2019
Ninth Circuit Wants To Know The Statute Of Limitations For Takings Claims In Hawaii
By Robert Thomas @ 4:40 PM :: 3823 Views :: Hawaii County , Judiciary, Land Use

...which statute of limitations applies to takings claims: the two-year personal injury statute, or the six-year "catch all." The answer has not been definitively resolved by Hawaii's courts....

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Sunday, March 10, 2019
Rent Control: How Not to Create Affordable Housing
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:03 PM :: 3025 Views :: Development, Land Use

...Akina told Larson and his three million listeners that if policymakers want to create more housing that is affordable, they should ease land-use restrictions, reduce regulatory burdens and let the free market work....

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Friday, March 1, 2019
New report urges 'building out' to ease housing crisis
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:49 PM :: 3102 Views :: Land Use, Cost of Living

...Grassroot Scholar Randal O'Toole faults artificial land scarcity for high Hawaii home prices....

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Thursday, February 7, 2019
Do 'affordable housing' requirements work?
By News Release @ 5:58 PM :: 3482 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... Thursday, Feb. 21, noon to 1:30 p.m. at the state Capitol, Room, 312 ....

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019
ICA Throws out Case Against Vacation Rental
By Robert Thomas @ 1:24 AM :: 3563 Views :: Honolulu County, Land Use, Tourism

...Hitting someone with a notice of violation and then telling them to disprove it (all the while laboring under ever-increasing daily fines) just won't cut it....

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