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Councilman suggests using ag property for homeless

Councilman Tom Berg Councilman Tom Berg
Pastor Joe Hunkin Pastor Joe Hunkin

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - City Councilman Tom Berg has proposed an amendment to the city's Land Use Ordinance that would allow owners of agriculture zoned lots to house Oahu's homeless on their property in five year increments.

One aspect of the measure, if passed, would be a waiver of the requirement that all new structures, if sewer hook-up is accessible, connect to the city's sewer system.

Berg further envisions the farmer using the homeless as a labor option.

The councilman also has a housing plan – "One Step Up" – that would utilize retrofitted shipping containers modified into livable units, replete with air conditioning, water, and power.

The resolution has been passed forward by the council's Zoning Committee and now heads to the full City Council for another vote.

If approved there, it will head back to committee for further discussion. It is Resolution 11-54, CD1.

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