Council mulls using eminent domain for affordable housing
LIHU‘E — The Kaua‘i County Council will vote today on whether the county will use eminent domain to acquire a 23.5-acre parcel of land in Kilauea.
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Our County has a proven track record of efficiently managing projects like this. They appreciate our tax dollars wisely do really great things.
I’m really surprised Luke is in favor of stealing this persons property at below market value and then rezoning it for residential instantly increasing its value ten fold. Luke unfortunately whatever good you have done thus far is wiped if you proceed to steal this mans land. That’s a slippery slope to go down. This in the name of public housing? Whos to say the next time you need land for something somewhere you don’t just go an enact imminent domain to steal it well
Below market value. How about zuckerberg gives up 23.5 acres of his 1300 in order to help. He’s just a ways down the road. Or do you plan to use his tactics and sue the person into selling.
So people on the the County payroll getting together to use their governmental power to take land from a rich person against his will to give it back to poor people. Even though the County of Kauai already owns 1000’s of acres of land. And you wonder why some people despise government !!!
A communist solution for a deep blue state filled with communists. It will start with this land and end with peoples’ land, and eventually their homes, being seized in the public interest.
This forum is not the place to test your stand up comedy. Try those jokes in Mississippi, I’ll help you pack.
Communism is no joke just ask the people in Venezuela, or wait a few years and ask your neighbors around here.
Will G, I want to add that I do like comedy because I think it brings us together so here is a joke in my best Jeff Foxworthy voice: If you’re fine with the government overstepping and seizing private property you might be a communist.
The joke is you think we’re a Blue State filled with communist. Why would you subject yourself to such horror?
Ridiculous! Don’t take someone’s land, even if it is a rich man’s! At least offer fair market value! If it was to build a road that everyone on island would use, that is one thing. But to build an “affordable” (joke) housing project that few will use, that’s a completely different animal. This is government at it ‘s worst!
How about we start with your property Luke, or your dads property off kahuna rd. Your such a self righteous spoiled brat. You never worked hard in your life you are the worst, guess that’s why you picked politics. Now you can tell everyone else how to run their life and they can do better while your family hoards land and money. Pathetic.!!
23 acres for affordable housing?!?!? WHAT?!?! Are you planning on housing 20,000 people?!
Eminent domain is for roads and bridges when there is no other way. THIS IS OBSCENE. STOP IT.
Luke you know where to put your ideas. It’s dark and smells bad and it’ll hurt when you put them there.
Well said sir.
“Affordable Housing” = Taxpayer subsidized (your money) housing for the lazy.
When you cannot afford housing prices and there are not many well paying jobs then………..wait for it………you move to where housing is affordable and jobs are better. It is not that hard. Stop the madness!
This is a non-starter for the county. Here’s my theory. Council would propose to purchase, again. Homeowner would object, again. Council would then try to push eminent domain to acquire. Homeowner hires top attorney to represent his interest.
(Anyone that has land worth $30 MM is not going to hire a small law firm) Council THEN figures out that outside attorney representing County will charge $800,000 in total fees with 3.5 – 5 years of everyone’s lives to put together an argument to win or at least TRY to win….Council gets turned over during year 3… realizes that they have nothing to show except an unwinnable lawsuit… BUT having spent over $500k….the Council and property taxpayers of Kauai decide to concede. Please…Find some other land…and save the taxpayers $500k upfront.
the Communist Party of Kauai wants to take this man’s land?!? why not strike a deal with the Robinsons for even a fraction of their gazillion acres?
If Hawaii would mint a coin, for a billion, which is a lot less then the trillion Biden is proposing to fix Trump’s mess, the state of Hawaii could use those funds to acquire this land, and much more, and before you tell me states can’t print their own coinage you are wrong because the law is what the people say the law is.
The Waimea 400 Master Plan has 417 raw acres between Waimea and Kekaha (County Owned). Could the Kaua‘i County Council apportion 23.5 acres of already owned county land to develop their housing project? No litigation fees, No community disharmony, No out-of-pocket land purchase expenses.
Sure they could. Except the problem is the extreme lack of affordable housing in the North Shore, which Waimea 400 does nothing to fix.
County needs to stop this absurd eminent domain action. They surely don’t need 23.5 acres to build affordable housing, unless they plan on building hundreds of units and ruining Kilauea’s character.
Make a deal. Buy 10 acres for $5M and make an offer to rezone the rest. Win-win.
Should of thought of that before letting mark Zuckerberg but over a,thousand acres of land.. rediciulous for 1 family to need so much land on this little island.
This is an abuse of government power. The government shouldn’t be trying to provide people housing in the first place; there are any number of things county and state government could do to make it easier for the private sector to provide more housing if that is a need. And if they do provide housing, and the seller doesn’t want to sell for your absurdly low price (does anyone think 23.5 acres on the north shore is worth under $4 million?), then too bad. Try somewhere else. These intimidation tactics and inappropriate use of eminent domain is wrong. I hope this guy sues, wins, and collects damages.
The real scheme is to line the pockets of their attorney friends that knows this is a lose lose situation but will get PAID handsomely for this bait and switch scheme.
This is the same with paying almost $2,000,000 for what park to receive ticket booths and what else for $2,000,000 like the gum roof that cost over $1,000,000.
Same same game with same contractors getting PAID for campaign contributions.
County councilman Wild Bill Decosta owns 10 acres in Lawai. Maybe he can donate half? What about Aryl Kaneshiro? His family owns even more than that I’m Omao. Sell them 🐏 and put houses on that pasture before you sell anymore of it to rich mainland people like you’ve already done repeatedly in the past…
Kilauea is doomed as the sweet little town we all know and love if this happens. I absolutely refuse to believe homeowners in Kilauea are in favor of this atrosity. Someone is not telling it straight!!!