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Friday, January 19, 2018
Chin's Crackpot Theory: Eminent Domain Abuse, Hawaii Style
By Robert Thomas @ 7:03 PM :: 260 Views :: Maui County, Land Use

...“No court in the United States has accepted that argument, and no condemning authority has had the chutzpah to make that argument."....

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Thursday, January 11, 2018
HTA Maps: How Many TVRs in Your Neighborhood?
By News Release @ 4:07 PM :: 571 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Land Use, Tourism

...Hawaii Visitor Accommodation Units Surpassed 80,000 Statewide in 2017....

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Friday, January 05, 2018
"Why Isn’t Honolulu Helping Businesses Hurt By Rail Construction?" (Because It Doesn't Want To, And No One Is Making It)
By Robert Thomas @ 3:07 PM :: 980 Views :: Land Use, Rail

...the City doesn't really care all that much about these particular businesses or their owners....

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Saturday, December 30, 2017
Hawaii Supreme Court Rules Public has Property Right to a Clean Environment
By Robert Thomas @ 7:23 PM :: 1407 Views :: Energy, Environment, Land Use

...Does the Supreme Court now have three votes to kill the telescope?....

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Saturday, December 30, 2017
Video: "The Future Of Land Regulations And A Tribute To David Callies"
By Robert Thomas @ 7:01 PM :: 549 Views :: Higher Education, Land Use

...the William and Mary Law School awards U. Hawaii lawprof David Callies the Brigham-Kanner Prize....

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Saturday, December 16, 2017
AG Chin: Every time your oceanfront property erodes, the State seizes more of your land
By News Release @ 12:59 AM :: 850 Views :: Environment, Land Use

...Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin issued a formal advisory opinion today stating that when the shoreline migrates landward (or mauka) due to erosion or sea level rise, the dividing line between public and private ownership also migrates mauka....

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Friday, December 15, 2017
Full Text--Hawaii Supreme Court Rules 3-2: Anybody Can Now Sue Anybody for Dirtying the Environment
By News Release @ 1:53 AM :: 2095 Views :: Energy, Environment, Land Use

...Chaos is Coming: You can sue too—Here are some ideas....

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Saturday, December 02, 2017
Zoning, Land-Use Planning, and Housing Affordability
By Selected News Articles @ 12:35 AM :: 1044 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...regulations have also tended to reduce the supply of housing, including multifamily and low-income housing....

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Western Congressional Caucus Backs Review of Obama Tuna Monuments
By News Release @ 1:46 PM :: 668 Views :: Environment, Land Use

...It is time to bring more jobs and economic freedom to the West....

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Ige Appointments: 5 HCDA, 1 UH Regent, 1 HLRB, 2 Judges
By News Release @ 11:04 PM :: 2748 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education, Land Use

...While all eyes are on rail....

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Monday, August 28, 2017
After Decade of Litigation, Supreme Court Refuses to Order State to Repair Gold Coast Seawalls
By News Release @ 10:59 PM :: 1239 Views :: Environment, Land Use

...The Court ruled the State holds an easement over the seawalls and is not liable for attorneys’ fees....

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Monday, August 28, 2017
Trump has the authority to modify existing monument boundaries
By News Release @ 4:47 AM :: 1241 Views :: Environment, Land Use

...Presidents Bush and Obama mocked the Antiquities Act’s limitation that monuments can only be designated on federal ‘land’ by designating huge ocean monuments....

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Wednesday, August 09, 2017
Want Land? DLNR Will Buy You Some
By News Release @ 4:32 AM :: 1301 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Land Use

Grant applications for land acquisition....

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017
OHA seeks community input for its Wahiawā lands master plan
By News Release @ 11:21 PM :: 1148 Views :: Land Use, OHA

...Explore the development of compatible agricultural uses and other programmatic initiatives....

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Saturday, July 08, 2017
Economic freedom needed to increase affordable housing
By Dr Kelii Akina PhD @ 1:31 PM :: 1600 Views :: Jones Act, Land Use, Cost of Living

Dr. Keli’i Akina gave the following speech on June 30th, 2017, at the 2017 Maui County Affordable Housing Summit, hosted by the Maui Chamber of Commerce and Maui County Department of Housing & Human Concerns....

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Saturday, July 08, 2017
Ige Reappoints Three to LUC
By News Release @ 3:38 AM :: 845 Views :: Land Use

...Nancy Cabral (Hawai‘i County), Linda Estes (Kaua‘i County) and Gary Okuda (At-Large)....

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Not Satisfied With Merely Taking Land For Rail, Now The City Wants Blood
By Robert Thomas @ 4:36 AM :: 1247 Views :: Land Use, Rail

...Blood bank sues over city push to take land for rail.... 

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Thursday, June 15, 2017
Takings: Bridge Aina Lea Suit Dismissed
By News Release @ 1:50 AM :: 1742 Views :: Hawaii County , Land Use

Hawaii federal judge Susan Oki Mollway yesterday dismissed a lawsuit filed by a private landowner against the State of Hawaii after the State Land Use Commission in 2011 reverted more than 1,000 acres of land in South Kohala on Hawaii island from urban to agricultural use....

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Saturday, June 10, 2017
Hilo: DLNR Land Lease Ends with Demolition of Hotel
By News Release @ 12:53 AM :: 1444 Views :: Hawaii County , Land Use, Tourism

...prepare for a new phase of de-vitalization of Banyan Drive....

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Thursday, May 25, 2017
The case for short-term rentals
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:37 AM :: 1250 Views :: Land Use, Small Business, Tourism

...the home sharing economy helps locals deal with Hawaii’s cost of living....

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Proposed revisions to Central Oahu Plan available for review
By News Release @ 4:21 AM :: 1218 Views :: Honolulu County, Land Use

The plan will be presented at the Waipahu Neighborhood Board meeting on Thursday, May 25, at 7 p.m. in the Filipino Community Center....

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Thursday, May 18, 2017
Retaliation: Supreme Court Upholds Hanalei Land Seizure
By Robert Thomas @ 1:57 AM :: 1424 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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Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Ikaika Anderson Land Use Facepalm
By Robert Thomas @ 2:24 PM :: 1339 Views :: Honolulu County, Land Use
“The lawyers start rubbing their hands a little bit because the comments are giving them ammunition.”
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Thursday, April 13, 2017
Those Life Saving Facts
By Joni Kamiya @ 12:46 PM :: 1914 Views :: Agriculture, Health Care, Land Use, GMOs

I asked why CFS and other groups like Shaka aren’t informing followers of rat lungworm disease....

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Sunday, March 26, 2017
Prince Kuhio’s Fight to Americanize Hawaii
By Andrew Walden @ 10:13 PM :: 9449 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 02, 2017
Zuckerberg Steps In It In Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 1:48 AM :: 1444 Views :: Land Use

It's always fun to watch one segment of socially conscious progressivism light into another....

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Friday, January 13, 2017
Hawaii Supreme Court: Do County Plans Override Zoning Laws?
By Robert Thomas @ 1:55 PM :: 1645 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 :: 1613 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 :: 1839 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 :: 2022 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 :: 2006 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 :: 3289 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 :: 1159 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 :: 1972 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 :: 2115 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 :: 2162 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 :: 2738 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 :: 1754 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 :: 1815 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 :: 1618 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 :: 2194 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 :: 2485 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 :: 1581 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 :: 1892 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 :: 1271 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 :: 1666 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 :: 2630 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 :: 1913 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 :: 1948 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 :: 4461 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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