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Friday, November 15, 2019
Monster Homes: Auditor Rips Department of Planning and Permitting
By News Release @ 2:45 AM :: 795 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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Sunday, October 27, 2019
Bridge Aina Lea: Will Takings Claim Be Ruled out by Statute of Limitations?
By Robert Thomas @ 1:25 AM :: 743 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Law Enforcement

...State's Amicus Response....

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Saturday, October 26, 2019
​Why we have a Housing Crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:33 AM :: 906 Views :: Development, Economy, Land Use

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

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Friday, October 25, 2019
RFP: Ala Wai Boat Harbor Development Scheme Comes Back with Big Fat Zero
By News Release @ 6:08 PM :: 677 Views :: Development, OHA, Tourism
...Two proposals were received for the development of parcels of land at the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor on O’ahu. After review, neither of the proposals was selected....
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Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Auditor: DoE School Impact Fee Illegal and Indefensible
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:50 PM :: 1193 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Development, Taxes

...The DOE’s inconsistent and problematic implementation of the school impact fee law calls into question the relevance and appropriateness of the fees that have been collected to date....

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Opportunity Urbanism for Honolulu?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:12 PM :: 694 Views :: Development, Land Use

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

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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 :: 1384 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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Thursday, August 15, 2019
Ebbtide Waikiki: Fullard-Leo Family Fights Pimps for Control of Hotel (literally)
By Andrew Walden @ 6:16 PM :: 5273 Views :: Development, Law Enforcement, Police, Tourism, Drugs

...a July 22, 2019 'melee' between members of the Fullard-Leo family and 20 pimps and drug dealers....

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Friday, August 09, 2019
Bridge Aina Lea: Statute of Limitations?
By Robert Thomas @ 12:10 AM :: 1207 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 07, 2019
BLNR Nominees Sought
By News Release @ 6:23 PM :: 1353 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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Tuesday, July 30, 2019
DLNR Extends Telescope Permit--Ige Cancels 'Emergency'
By News Release @ 11:00 PM :: 1275 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Higher Education, OHA

...This morning, at the request of TMT, the University of Hawaiʻi asked for a two-year extension of the Conservation District Use permit deadline for the initiation of construction. The Department of Land and Natural Resources granted this extension until Sept. 26, 2021....

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019
City holding workshops to update Primary Urban Center plan
By News Release @ 5:24 PM :: 1182 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Land Use

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

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Monday, July 08, 2019
Solar Variance Trick Makes Housing Even More Un-affordable in Hawaii
By Andrew Walden @ 11:04 PM :: 2319 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Development, Cost of Living

...a dirty legislative trick from 2008 has--eleven years later--effectively outlawed new installation of tankless on-demand gas water heaters....

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Sunday, June 30, 2019
The Tax on Ghost Homes
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1704 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 :: 1426 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 :: 3054 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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Saturday, June 15, 2019
Debunked: Caldwell’s ‘Vancouver Tax’ Does Nothing to Ease Rental Crisis
By Andrew Walden @ 4:07 AM :: 2002 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Taxes

...1,100 homes were removed from the rental market in the first year of the city’s empty-homes tax....

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Friday, April 12, 2019
City adopts new affordable housing rules
By News Release @ 10:27 PM :: 2216 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Cost of Living

...The rules took effect on March 31 and implement the affordable housing requirements in Ordinance 18-10 and other approvals issued by the city....

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Tuesday, April 02, 2019
Is Leasehold Housing Built on Government Land a Solution to Unaffordable Housing in Honolulu?
By UHERO @ 4:50 AM :: 2277 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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Thursday, March 28, 2019
Environmental Review for Aloha Stadium Tear-Down Begins
By News Release @ 6:07 PM :: 3119 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Higher Education, Rail, Tourism

...We already have a good stadium.  And this consultant now admits Aloha Stadium is located in the best possible place.  So why tear it down for yet another unnecessary boondoggle?....

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Ala Wai? Corps of Engineers has Long History of Corruption and Cost Overruns
By Selected News Articles @ 9:08 PM :: 3724 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Ethics, Development, Military

...Reminiscent of rail, projected Ala Wai costs have already leapt from $200M to $470M.... 

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019
OHA Kakaako Makai Plans Begin With Sewage Plant
By Selected News Articles @ 9:04 PM :: 1920 Views :: Ethics, Development, OHA

"...I was quite idealistic in thinking that with the $2.9M Master plan Rob Iopa’s WCIT created, we were going to be issuing RFPs to implement them...."

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Sunday, March 10, 2019
Rent Control: How Not to Create Affordable Housing
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:03 PM :: 1902 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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Saturday, March 09, 2019
DPP: Shortage of New Affordable Housing Triples
By News Release @ 2:14 AM :: 2187 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Cost of Living

...The share of low-income households experiencing severe housing cost burden continues to increase....

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Sunday, February 24, 2019
Aloha Stadium Scheme Exploits Federal Tax Breaks
By Selected News Articles @ 6:52 PM :: 2048 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Tourism

...the program’s requirement that investments must “substantially improve” zone property in order to qualify for tax breaks is quite loose....

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Saturday, February 16, 2019
Hawaii Construction Industry: Wood Looks Good for 2019
By News Release @ 10:15 AM :: 2176 Views :: Development, Economy, Hawaii Statistics

...HLPA Predicts Residential and Commercial Building Increase in 2019....

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Thursday, February 07, 2019
Do 'affordable housing' requirements work?
By News Release @ 5:58 PM :: 2200 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 06, 2019
County of Kaua‘i celebrates one year of Electronic Plan Review services
By News Release @ 12:54 AM :: 1590 Views :: Kauai County, Development

...“I commend the Building Division and its staff for implementing this system, which creates added efficiency of the plan review process and reduces costs and waste associated with building permits and development approvals,” said Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami....

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Lyon Bribes: Caldwell Appoints Crook to Zoning Board After Receiving $16.5K
By Andrew Walden @ 9:26 PM :: 4874 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development, Land Use

...After receiving the campaign contributions, Caldwell appointed the criminal Lyon to the juicy position July 30, 2014 for a term ending June 30, 2019....

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Saturday, January 19, 2019
Video: Marshal Resigns After Fake Atooi King Teams up With Developer to Chase Protesters Off Land
By Video @ 4:49 PM :: 4615 Views :: Kauai County, Development, Greenmail, Law Enforcement, OHA

... 'King of Atooi' Dayne Gonsalves and his 'marshals' team up with developer to intimidate Coco Palms protesters ....

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Friday, January 11, 2019
‘Singapore model’ doesn’t sing for Hawaii housing
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:42 PM :: 4166 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Land Use, Rail, Cost of Living

Among conditions for the buyers of these “ALOHA homes”....

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Sunday, December 23, 2018
Environmental Council Completes Rewrite of Environmental Review Rules
By News Release @ 3:08 PM :: 2611 Views :: Environment, Development, Small Business

... The proposed rules now go before the Small Business Regulatory Review Board, which issues a recommendation to the Governor ....

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Friday, November 30, 2018
Stream Flow Ruling Cuts off Lahaina Water Supply
By News Release @ 3:54 PM :: 2393 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Development

...the County intends to develop a new groundwater source within five years, or sooner, which will eventually provide for the full instream flow standard....

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Caldwell Allows 60-Day Permitting Bill to Become Law Without Signature
By News Release @ 10:09 PM :: 2785 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Small Business

...However, Bill 64 requires certain mandates that residents and contractors should be aware of....

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Monday, November 12, 2018
How to Build More Housing in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:02 PM :: 2422 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

...how some well-intentioned regulations have had a chilling effect on efforts to build more homes....

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Honolulu Development Plan Forum Set for Weds Nov 7
By News Release @ 5:20 PM :: 1897 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

...the day after Election Day, maybe nobody will notice....

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018
How Much Does Over-Regulation Increase Hawaii Housing Costs?
By Selected News Articles @ 7:32 PM :: 3675 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Hawaii Statistics, Land Use, Cost of Living

...Government and the Cost of Living: Income-Based vs. Cost-Based Approaches to Alleviating Poverty....

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Lawsuit Challenges 'Illegal' Maui Council Frankenbill
By News Release @ 8:41 PM :: 2877 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Development

...changing of the ordinance to benefit of private developers, at the expense of the residents, was never publicly noticed as required under the State of Hawai’i Sunshine Laws, and, that it violated adopted Council Rules....

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Sunday, September 30, 2018
Guess Which Agency Can Impose State Tax?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2958 Views :: Education K-12, Development, Taxes, Cost of Living

...This law, which we have discussed before, recently has been used to create a “school impact district” that goes from Kalihi to Ala Moana.... 

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Friday, September 28, 2018
Hawaii Construction Forecast: After Pullback, Construction Prospects Firm
By UHERO @ 11:33 PM :: 2790 Views :: Development, Economy, Labor

...Following two years of decline, the pace of building in Hawaii has stabilized. The value of construction permits is posting healthy gains across all sub-sectors this year....

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
BWS to Subsidize Affordable Housing
By News Release @ 4:23 AM :: 3513 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Cost of Living

...The Board of Water Supply will have the ability to waive the water systems facilities charges and new meter cost for qualified on-site affordable and homeless dwelling units, up to 500 dwelling units per year....

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Friday, September 14, 2018
Council Passes Bill 53--Calls for Demolition of Affordable Housing 'Monsters'
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 2:43 PM :: 3892 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...Finally politicians are doing something about affordable housing--they're demolishing it....

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Thursday, August 30, 2018
Maui Event: Build up or build out?
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:50 PM :: 3462 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...opening up more land for housing should also be on the table, if policy makers want to ease pressure on the housing market....

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018
DoE to Impose Multi-Million Dollar Housing Tax Kalihi to Ala Moana Starting October 1
By News Release @ 1:11 AM :: 3716 Views :: Education K-12, Development, Taxes

...To date, HIDOE has collected a combined $4.7 million in school impact fees in Leeward Oahu, West Maui and Central Maui....

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Thursday, August 16, 2018
Fast-Track Process Helps Two Affordable Housing Projects
By News Release @ 4:46 PM :: 3009 Views :: Maui County, Development, Cost of Living

...Mayor Alan Arakawa instructed all departments to give priority to processing permits for affordable housing projects....

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Tupola: "Let's Give Displaced Families Something They Can Count On"
By Rep Andria Tupola @ 1:37 PM :: 3495 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Land Use, Politicians

...August 3rd marks three months since the eruption began....

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Friday, July 27, 2018
Bridge Aina Lea--Next Stop 9th Circuit
By Robert Thomas @ 12:05 PM :: 3540 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Land Use

...the jury (after deliberating for a grand total of 15 minutes) held the State of Hawaii Land Use Commission liable for a regulatory taking....

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Sunday, July 15, 2018
HB2748: $500,000,000 Hole in Budget
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2946 Views :: Development, Tax Credits

... $200 million, or most of it, is headed out the door with no visible means of getting it back.....

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Friday, June 15, 2018
Expedited Building Permits for Hanalei Flood Victims
By News Release @ 1:29 PM :: 2527 Views :: Kauai County, Development

...Mayor Carvalho to sign emergency permitting bill into law Tuesday--Planning Department to open field offices for expedited permitting the same day....

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Friday, June 08, 2018
HB2748: Ige Signs Housing Bill
By News Release @ 10:10 PM :: 2873 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government

...HB2748 appropriates $200 million to the Hawai‘i Housing Finance and Development Corporation’s (HHFDC) Rental Housing Revolving Fund....

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