Permitting: Insights from across the island chain

  • A new home under construction in the Kona Vistas Subdivision is pictured last spring off Lako Street. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today, file)

For those of you who aren’t aware, permitting for construction of new developments or renovation of existing structures is a huge problem on Hawaii Island. It has been recognized by the business community as a major barrier to economic development and working toward improvement of the permitting process is one of the three top priority areas for the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce. For those of you who are aware and have been following this issue, you’ve now got something new to think about.