Affordable housing bill for Laie advances in city council
The Honolulu City Council advanced a bill today that would permit building hundreds of affordable homes in Laie. Dozens of North Shore residents testified for and against the proposed Envision La'ie community.
Opponents say access to higher paying jobs is a smarter solution so residents can afford to purchase property.
Those in favor disagree, saying a severe shortage of homes forces many to live with multiple 'ohana.
"We have actually, at the moment 17 family members. That's two daughters and their children," said Hauula resident Anna Kaanga. "This might provide them a means to move back to Laie to have their own house."
"These higher income, modern jobs are a better solution. The way the structure things in hawaii or structuring in more lower income jobs," said K.C. Conners, who works in the tv and film industry. "And they'll also allow more people to afford more housing."
The controversial proposed community has faced strong opposition for years. Construction was originally slated to occur on farmlands in Malaekahana. Under the amended bill, ag lands would be left out.
More workforce housing for BYU-Hawaii faculty and staff would also be permitted.