Honolulu council gives preliminary approval to housing bills

Honolulu council gives preliminary approval to housing bills

HONOLULU (AP) - The Honolulu City Council is giving preliminary approval to bills cracking down on illegal vacation rentals and allowing more residential properties to add a second dwelling.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday both Mayor Kirk Caldwell and council members want to increase affordable housing by allowing more second dwellings either within or next to primary residential units.

City Zoning Director George Atta says the administration introduced the bill cracking down on vacation rentals because of concerns that allowing more accessory dwellings could spur additional vacation rentals.

But Council Zoning Chairman Ikaika Anderson says he intends to hold the vacation rental bill in his committee until the administration presents a measure that would allow a permitting system for a "very limited number" of new vacation rentals.

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