register to vote!

REGISTER TO VOTE. Hawaii Sustainable Community Alliance efforts are currently focused on changing government regulatory obstacles to sustainability and community. We need to support candidates who support us!! Register to vote. July 12 is the deadline to register for the August 11, 2012 Primary election. Who May Register to Vote? You . . . → Read More: register to vote!

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/>

From the County of Hawaii’s “Sustainability Primer” report

From the County of Hawaii’s “Sustainability Primer” report Adopted by the Council Resolution # 249 November 4th 2009 http://www.hawaiicountyrandd.net/hcrc/resources/hawaii-sustainability-primer page 23 “This is a journey that is going to take unprecedented leadership. We are not going to get the future we want if we sit back and wait for someone else . . . → Read More: From the County of Hawaii’s “Sustainability Primer” report

HSCA requests review of the Special Permit process

From Hawaii Sustainable Community Alliance SPACE and Belly Acres are facing challenges to their special use permits.  They are test cases for other groups wanting to do the same.  Their success is vital for setting a precedent for others of us to use this legal process, in order to use our . . . → Read More: HSCA requests review of the Special Permit process

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

Laws encouraging installing residential solar systems

  There was legislation that passed in Vermont in May 2011 and Colorado in June 2011 making it easier and cheaper to install residential solar systems. We support adopting similar legislation in Hawaii in the belief that it will add substantially to Hawaii State’s goal to achieve 70% clean energy by . . . → Read More: Laws encouraging installing residential solar systems

County Council Passes Controversial Building Code

West Hawaii Today  but not the Tribune covered the 270 demonstration and police presence at the meeting.  We don’t know why there was no story in the Tribune Herald! http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/sections/news/local-news/council-passes-controversial-building-code-measure.html

Hawaiian Homelands – info part I

First piece of info from my inquiry into Hawaiian Homelands and if/how County zoning and building codes apply. Spoke today with a man who farms 20 acres of family land in Panaewa (Hawaiian Homelands). I did not get a lot of details as yet, but basically he said DHHL rather than . . . → Read More: Hawaiian Homelands – info part I

How to State Your Opinion on Sustainability- Submitting Testimony

Submitting testimony in Support of the HSCA Resolution: We really appreciate you taking a moment and sending a quick email to the County council, to help make sustainable living more legal.   Here are some tips, and how to send it. Tips for effective testimony: * Keep it positive.  Talk about what you . . . → Read More: How to State Your Opinion on Sustainability- Submitting Testimony

support from the Hawaiian Acres Community Association

June 13th, 2011 Hawaiian Acres Community Association PO Box 368 Kurtistown, HI 96760 info@hawaiianacres.org Hawaii Sustainable Community Alliance 13 June 2011 Re: Hawaii County Sustainable Rural Habitat Ordinance Aloha, On behalf of the Hawaiian Acres Community Association (HACA)board, I am writing this letter to voice our support for the concept of . . . → Read More: support from the Hawaiian Acres Community Association