Current News on Hawaii Legislation to approve Tiny Houses (For on-farm housing, under 500 sq ft, on permanent foundations or wheels, on ag lots being actively farmed on the Island of Hawaii.)
July 11th, 2017 – Governor Ige vetoed the HB2 Tiny House Bill. What’s Next?
See the Tiny House and Farm Worker updates here
June 2017 – House Bill HB2 has successfully passed through the House AND the Senate (unanimous vote in the Senate!).
The Hawaii County Council has also passed a Resolution endorsing HB2 !!
Meetings with Mayor Harry Kim, the Housing and Community Development team, County administrators, and the Planning Department Director are building a network of people ready to collaborate on County implementation when the time comes to turn this great idea into a viable reality. We are planning an island wide Housing Summit for 2018. Sign up for our newsletter to keep informed.
Enjoy the Tiny House slide show here.
We are seeing GREAT turn outs at the Tiny House Community Conversation gatherings.
THIS IS GRASSROOTS DEMOCRACY IN ACTION
Over 500 people have come from all island districts to learn about current Tiny House legislation and building options to help solve our housing crisis. These high-energy, standing-room-only meetings signal just how needed the Tiny House solution is, and show a diversity of needs and applications for smaller foot print housing options.
How would building Tiny Houses impact life in Hawaii?
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We are gathering testimony to support safe and efficient, energy saving Tiny Houses as smart affordable housing solutions and will be presenting citizen comments to our elected representatives to help get new legislation passed.
It all started with Food. One of the main roadblocks to increasing the local food supply is the lack of farmers farming. Ask any young farmer what they need to farm and they will point to:
Land . Water . Housing .
One Island is Championing a Conversation to Change Land Use, Zoning and Building Requirements
Tiny houses may not need building permits if considered mobile agricultural trailers?
Tiny Houses are a cost effective solution to one of the main constraints that hampers our food system.
All over the US, the Tiny House movement is gaining momentum. When a Tiny House Jamboree in Colorado attracted not the 4,000 anticipated attendees but 40,000 people in 2015, it was a sign the movement had arrived.
Let’s double local food production
Here in Hawaii, a State-level bill will have the power to change County zoning and building code requirements and easily result in doubling food production. How? By giving farmers and farm workers an affordable way to live on the land they farm. More workers, more food AND a safer, better quality of life for farm owners and workers.
When farmers’ housing and transportation costs are lowered, they won’t need the ‘other’ day job to pay rent on a house in town and this means
they’ll have more time and resources to farm more food.
Beyond Food – Affordable Housing for All! Tiny Houses represent a viable solution to Hawaii’s affordable housing crisis. Retirees, live-work artist pods. Disabled and senior housing. Workers needing low cost housing. Kids returning home. Buy, build, rent, lease-to-own – Tiny House options offer smart solutions.
Enjoy the Tiny House slide show here
Mahalo to our Elected Representatives supporting this process of developing new legislation:
Representative Cindy Evans, Senators Mike Gabbard, Russell Ruderman, and Josh Green; County Council Members Tim Richards and Jen Ruggles.
Promoting the Tiny Homes for Farms Solution at the Hawaii Farmers Union United State Convention
View or add to public comments below – your voice is welcome!