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Sep 23

Chair's 3 Minutes: Housing, expenditures, home-based businesses on agendas

Posted on September 23, 2013 at 12:00 AM by Office of Council Services


 

Published on The Maui News September 22, 2013
By GLADYS C. BAISA, for The Maui News

Two Maui County Council committees this week will resume consideration of legislation on affordable housing and home-based businesses, respectively, while another committee will continue its investigation of certain administration expenditures.
 
The Housing, Human Services and Transportation Committee will continue its review of Chapter 2.96 of the Maui County Code, also known as the Residential Workforce Housing Policy, tomorrow at 9 a.m. Committee Chairwoman Stacy Crivello of Molokai, who also held a meeting on the policy on Aug. 13, intends to discuss the effect of deed restrictions on home mortgages and the overall merits of the existing law. 
 
The Residential Workforce Housing Policy was enacted by Ordinance 3418 nearly seven years ago, based on a council finding of “a critical shortage of affordable housing,” for the purpose of encouraging “the provision and maintenance of residential workforce housing units.” Testimony referencing HHT-11 can be sent to hht.committee@mauicounty.us.
 
The Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee will also continue its discussion of the Old Wailuku Post Office demolition and Kalana O Maui Campus expansion on Wednesday at 9 a.m. Testimony on PIA-41, “Council Investigation of Old Wailuku Post Office,” can be emailed to pia.committee@mauicounty.us. 

Old Wailuku Post Office
 
The Planning Committee will again discuss the home-based businesses bill on Thursday at 9 a.m. With this legislation, the council may define appropriate guidelines for commercial activity in single-family dwellings in residential, rural and agricultural districts. 
 
On Sept. 5, Planning Committee Chairman Donald G. Couch, Jr. of South Maui led a discussion that included a presentation by Bradley Johnson, Principal Planner and President of Ground Rules, Inc., on how similar legislation has worked in a variety of Mainland communities. The Maui County General Plan endorses “diversity in the County’s economic base” and “supports home-based businesses that are appropriate for and in character with the community.”
 
 One of the key issues raised at the last Planning Committee meeting was the need to respect neighborhood character while also promoting economic opportunity and growth. Enforcement was also a topic of concern.
 
 The home-based businesses bill was introduced by Councilman Couch two years ago. As required by the Charter, the council requested the planning commissions’ review of the legislation by adopting Resolution 11-97. 
 
 The Lanai and Molokai planning commissions requested that their islands be exempt from the bill’s requirements, while the Maui Planning Commission was supportive of the concept but requested some revisions. To submit testimony on the home-based businesses bill, reference PC-33 and send an email to pc.committee@mauicounty.us.
 
All of this week’s committee meetings will be in the council chambers, on the 8th floor of the Kalana O Maui building, 200 S. High St., Wailuku, and televised on Channel 53, Akaku: Maui Community Television. Agendas and other committee documents are available at www.mauicounty.gov/council.
 
A hui hou.
 
Gladys C. Baisa is chairwoman of the Maui County Council and holds the Council’s Pukalani/Kula/Ulupalakua area residency seat. “Chair’s 3 Minutes” is a weekly column to explain the latest news on county legislative matters.
 
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This week, Economic Development, Energy, Agriculture, and Recreation Committee will also meet on Friday, Sept. 27 at 1:30 p.m. to consider a resolution authorizing acceptance of a donation of a "DreamCourt" to the Department of Parks and Recreation.

The purpose of the proposed resolution is to accept an offer from the Nancy Lieberman Foundation and the WorldVentures Foundation to donate a "DreamCourt" outdoor basketball court for installation at the #Lahaina Civic Center. 

Submit your testimony to ear.committee@mauicounty.us

Councilmember Don Guzman is the Chair of the Economic Development, Energy, Agriculture, and Recreation Committee.

Comments

C Baker
October 6, 2013 at 2:24 PM
This island now has a critical situation where housing is becoming less and less available to the working class of Maui. Rentals are almost non-existent because of turning long term rentals into vacation rentals and foreclosures. It is a very serious problem that has sparked some very angry comments on Craig's list. Most working class people simply cannot afford $600,000 homes. Maui is quickly becoming an elitist island which does not reflect the Hawaiian spirit at all. Affordable housing projects have been stopped by elitist's who say "I got my house, but you go find somewhere else to live". It's so very wrong and eventually leads to an island of elite people with no one to service them. Good luck with that.
Office of Council Services
October 7, 2013 at 2:19 PM
Thank you for your comment. Please e-mail hht.committee@mauicounty.us and share your thoughts on the Residential Workforce Housing Policy. Your testimony will help our council members make decisions on legislation.

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