Hawaii Land Use Law includes news and commentary on the various developments throughout the Hawaiian islands. This blog is authored by Honolulu environmental attorney, Jesse Souki of Imanaka Kudo & Fujimoto.
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In a recent entry at HawaiiBusiness.com, two sides fired off on whether Honolulu's transit project will impact the availability of housing for working families.Transit per se will not affect the availability or unavailability of affordable housing. In order to provide more affordable housing,...
Under Hawaii's environmental review law, commonly referred to as the Hawaii Environmental Policy Act ("HEPA"), an applicant or agency must comply with HEPA if its proposed action is one of the triggers enumerated under HRS §343-5. The most common trigger is the proposed "use of state or county...
In this Intermediate Court of Appeals (ICA) unpublished disposition, the court reaffirms that an agency hearing is not a "contested case hearing" if it is not required by statute, rule, or constitutional due process. In Mauna Kea Anaina Hou v. University of Hawaii, No. 30397 (Haw. Jan. 25,...
Join Program Chair Mark M. Murakami of Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert and our outstanding faculty for Eminent Domain & Land Use in Hawaii organized by The Seminar Group. Topics covered will include the following: Eminent Domain Update - Public Use and Private Takings;...
On February 14, 2012, the State of Hawaii, Office of Environmental Quality Control (OEQC) released its updated Guide to the Implementation and Practice of the Hawaii Environmental Policy Act 2012 Edition. The Guide is a revision of the Guidebook for the Hawaii State...
Slide from recent sustainability workshop partially funded by the EPA.
According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, “streamline” is defined as “to make simpler or more efficient.” When the economy gets tough, it’s no wonder that decision-makers look to streamline land use regulatory processes as a way to move large development projects forward to create...
On December 11, 2011, I joined Maxine Burkett, Director, Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy; John Marra, Climate Services Director for the Pacific Region, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and Deanna Spooner, Coordinator, Pacific Islands Climate Change...
Article: Tom Downs, Demographics as Destiny, citiwire.net, Sept. 3, 2011, available at http://citiwire.net/post/2912. Summary: Mr. Downs discusses the impact of changing demographics (Baby Boomers and Gen. X and Y) on suburbia. He suggests that "walking, biking and transit are about to become...
You may have heard of transit-oriented development (TOD) in conversations about Honolulu's 20-mile, 21-station rail transit project. But, you may not have heard of TADs and TAJs. The Transit Cooperative Research Program's August 2011 Legal Research Digest defines these terms and more in its...