Kaua‘i County Council passes housing bill
LIHU‘E — The Kaua‘i County Council, almost 10 months and five drafts later, passed Bill No. 2774 on Wednesday, amending the county’s housing policy in an attempt to better address a staggering housing crisis faced by the county.
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Very few families on Kauai can afford two bedroom rent at $2750 a month. This is the low income housing? This is absolutely absurd, this is not a solution to the housing problem, but just another incidence of government employees with steady incomes having no grasp on the full time workers supporting this community and the salaries they are earning. It’s a travesty these projects have not been built over so many years and developers have gotten away with doing nothing. Affordable two bedroom housing should be $1500 to $1800 a month, maximum. This is sadly all about profits, once again.
Affordable housing is not affordable. I’m a professional who earns a fair wage, but when I look at what value of home I should be able to afford from financial advisement pageant puts Kevin the $350,000 to $400,000. Price range. I understand why there are homeless people it’s unaffordable to rent it purchade. There should be more entry level homes being built. Land on Kaua’i is like a dismond, high value because of low availability.
Now if we can pass the West Kauai Community Plan, companies such as Gay & Robinson can renovate and replace all of the aging affordable homes it rents in Kaumakani and Pakala. And possibly add to more affordable units. With all the numerous focus group and open community outreach meetings that was done last year, I am amazed that the Council cannot recognize the time and effort already made to outreach to the community by the planning department and community leaders. I feel like all my attendance, contributions and knowledge provided was wasted because a few individuals “forgot” to pay attention to the process. Looks like Gay & Robinson will have to take adding affordable homes off of their planning for the future and allow existing affordable homes to be taken out of inventory not because G&R cannot repair it but because zoning won’t permit it. Sad.
Yup….just voted for Felicia only…this bill is total B.S…affordable should be at least 80%
Max off median..that’s why it’s called affordable…..like I said before…all smoke and mirrors…they just trying to Gentrify kauai sooner than later to maximize the profits for
Who ever is Greasing there greedy palms.
People living in major cities are homeless because of gentrification through pure greed.
People with multiple jobs cannot afford to live in cities because legislators have created grease your palm bills.
This reminds me of the big box band and how family and friends of a legislator made huge profits and the island suffered from monopolies backed by legislation to keep competition from reducing the costs of goods.
Kauai is not immune from public corruption and the housing bill is a great example of a few people manipulating for profit greedy landowners, developers and speculators.
Only a hurricane will save Kauai from this greedy bill.
The reason hosing here is so expensive is simple economics. It’s not greedy developers. Cost of building materials is very high in Hawaii. There is a very small skilled construction worker labor force here. Wages are too high, you can hire a skilled carpenter on the mainland for the cost of an unskilled laborer here. To top off, all that property is so expensive here due to poor governance like this bill. Developers won’t build because of restrictions like these. If more got built there would be more inventory to lower the demand and price. Kauai has simply failed to build fast enough to meet demand. Coupled with high cost factors this crisis will continue until the county gives incentives to developers to build not hinderances. Most problems here add up to poor leadership and the general ignorance of the local population. Build more with less restriction and housing will improve for everyone.
So-called affordable housing creates an entitlement mentality.
Why isn’t the State and County working with the Robinson Family and their MASSIVE land holdings? even if they made a fraction of their land available, it would allow for so much housing.