Please sign, share, forward… A draft of an Alternative Building Code is stalled in the Dept of Public Works… help ask Mayor Kenoi to move it forward! http://www.thepetitionsite.com/653/323/248/move-forward-on-alternative-building-codes/ It is common knowledge, since the controversy over Bill 270, that alternative building legislation has broad support island wide and is long overdue. . . . → Read More:

Open Letter to Mayor Kenoi- Support Sustainable Building code

Open letter to Mayor Kenoi regarding ALTERNATIVE BUILDING CODE LEGISLATION Dear Mayor Billy Kenoi The Hawaii Sustainable Community Alliance requests that you give your support to the introduction of ALTERNATIVE BUILDING CODE LEGISLATION that has been drafted by Councilman Zendo Kern and stalled by your Department of Public Works. Our Alliance (see . . . → Read More: Open Letter to Mayor Kenoi- Support Sustainable Building code

What happened to HB111? in 2013

On March 21, the Senate Water and Land and Public Safety Committees held a joint hearing on the Sustainable Living Research Act bill. They voted to defer it. This means the bill is no longer alive this session. Senator Malama Solomon, the Water and Land Committee Chair acknowledged the substantial amount . . . → Read More: What happened to HB111? in 2013

What is the status of HB111

Dear Ones, Thanks all for your work with this site.  I was just newly directed to it today by Terra of the Hawaiian Sanctuary. I have a large parcel of land, 84 acres, near Leilani yet under current laws and because of county water regulations it can have only one home . . . → Read More: What is the status of HB111

Sustainable Living Resolution, October 2nd

The Hawaii Sustainable Community Alliance is working towards amending current laws to allow more eco-friendly practices, communities and buildings. This resolution (302-12) urges the Hawaii State Legislature enact legislation to establish Sustainable Living Research Sites on parcels less than 15 acres that are designated “agricultural” under state law in Hawaii. It . . . → Read More: Sustainable Living Resolution, October 2nd

Sustainable Living Research Resolution proposal

PROPOSAL FOR A RESOLUTION BY THE HAWAII COUNTY COUNCIL Concerning Sustainable Living Research Sites in the State of Hawaii 7/1/12   The purpose of this Resolution is to support the worldwide transition to a livable, just, and sustainable civilization, by requesting and urging the Government of the State of Hawaii to . . . → Read More: Sustainable Living Research Resolution proposal

Have you broken these rules for contractors?

As usual most anything can be done legally (though not necessarily well) if one pays a lot of money to engineers and contractors. Here is a relevant HAR DCCA chapter (77) regarding contractors: http://hawaii.gov/dcca/pvl/har/har_77-c.pdf Sixty (60!) pages. Starting on page 42 of the PDF is Exhibit A, specialty contractor classifications. I . . . → Read More: Have you broken these rules for contractors?

Oregon Ecovillage links

In Oregon in general, Recode Oregon is a great resource, with relevant activities re code issues in diverse parts of the state: http://www.recodeoregon.org/ Portland is buzzing with related activity. At least seven Cohousing groups listed in the CohoUS directory, find them here by scrolling down to Oregon: https://www.cohousing.org/directory The FIC site . . . → Read More: Oregon Ecovillage links

Planning and Zoning for Ecovillages

The best article l’ve found on Planning and Zoning for Ecovillages is <http://www.smartcommunities.ncat.org/articles/ecoville.shtml> and be sure to check out our sister organization on Maui and their excellent power point presentation on ecovillage zoning <http://mauisustainablecommunities.wikispaces.com/>

Legality of the Complaint Driven Process of Building and Land Usage Inspections

The Complaint Driven Process of Building and Land Usage Inspections Are these processes or action themselves illegal (under County, State or Federal constitution and/or other applicable laws relating to due process and similar)? Points are: * No criteria or process at county level for determining validity of complaint. Might the county . . . → Read More: Legality of the Complaint Driven Process of Building and Land Usage Inspections