City Council to review ohana housing proposal Thursday
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
Since March, Honolulu City Council has been considering a plan that would allow property owners to build accessory dwelling units.
"Our island is faced with an affordable housing crisis. We need thousands of additional rental units to meet the needs of low income working families," said District 9 councilman Ron Menor.
Bill 20 would make it easier for homeowners to add a small cottage or addition on their land. Honolulu's Community Building Administrator says it would allow for construction on up to 100,000 lots on Oahu.
Critics say the additional units will over crowd neighborhoods and make it easier for people who want to illegally rent the extra space to folks on vacation.
District 3 Councilman Ikaika Anderson says he's in favor of the idea but has some concerns.
"I'll be offering an amendment tomorrow that will increase the minimum rental time to 180 days. We are also going to be proposing allowing ADU's in the country districts as well," said Anderson.
Another amendment would limit the size of the structure. The largest unit would be 800 square feet.
"A homeowner who wants to establish an ADU must also meet the strict requirements of having to get clearance from the city that there is adequate infrastructure in the neighborhood including adequate existing street parking," said Menor.
The City Council is expected to discuss the issue and decide if it should move forward Thursday morning.
"I would never guess what city council is going to do I know they are very supportive but we'll see if there are any technical amendments or anything like that," said Community Building and TOD Administrator Harrison Rue.
If the bill moves forward tomorrow it could go up for a final vote in front of the full council next month.