June 13th, 2011
Hawaiian Acres Community Association
PO Box 368
Kurtistown, HI 96760
Hawaii Sustainable Community Alliance
13 June 2011
Re: Hawaii County Sustainable Rural Habitat Ordinance
On behalf of the Hawaiian Acres Community Association (HACA)board, I am writing
this letter to voice our support for the concept of an ordinance to address limiteddensity
owner-built rural dwelling and associated structures.
We’ve had some discussions at our meetings on the topic of the Universal Building
Code and believe that there are many provisions in it that are not compatible with
the rural life style so many of us enjoy here in the Hawaiian Acres Subdivision.
One of your board members, James Weatherford, in his letter dated31 May 2011, to
the Puna Community Development Action Committee requesting their support for
the Hawaii County Sustainable Rural Habitat Ordinance stated, ”The proposed
change in policy is first and foremost about sustainable quality of life, permitting
rural habitat with a lower ecological footprint, through use of local, recycled, and
unconventional materials and building methods.” These are ideas that the HACA
board can endorse because they are consistent with how many of our residents are
Thank you for taking the initiative to draft the Rural Habitat Ordinance.
Aloha, my first post here .. great site, ideas/actions and glad to find you at last!
As a former development engineer for General Electric, healing systems inventor and a board member for Hawaiian Acres Community Association I volunteered to testify the above letter (on behalf of HACA)on two occasions before the council.
Personally, I also testified about the Bill 270 as being unconstitutional, dehumanizing and violates our council members’ oath to uphold the constitution.
In addition, I testified under the sunshine law all referenced materials to Bill 270 need to be freely available and when I inquired for Bill 270 and the IBC i was told “that the IBC was not freely available as it is copyrighted”.
The IBC is a commercial building code and has to be made freely available when and if made into law. There was a Supreme court decision on this in June 2002 see http://bulk.resource.org/courts.gov/c/F3/293/293.F3d.791.99-40632.html
BTW the “Occupy Hilo” peaceful demonstration last Monday October 24 was attended by 54 protestors up from 10 the first demonstration. Thaks to those that showed up!