This isn’t how you do affordable housing

The exemption for both the three-lot deferral agreements and the two-lot exemptions, which is islandwide, took place with Elle Cochran as chair of the County Council’s Infrastructure and Environmental Management Committee. This subdivision ordinance was amended while Ms. Cochran was apparently asleep at the wheel. Now, the county and taxpaying residents are paying for it.

Don Guzman introduced a motion on Aug. 3 to repeal these exemptions, which the council never intended to be islandwide.

Ms. Cochran is now trying to do damage control. Real estate developers are getting these freebie exemptions for their investment and commercial properties and we are paying for them. This isn’t how you do affordable housing.

Christopher P. Fishkin

Wailuku

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