City council delays decision on 'monster homes' moratorium

City council delays decision on 'monster homes' moratorium

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Honolulu City Council has delayed a decision on a bill that would've put a temporary hold on excessively large homes in Oahu neighborhoods.

Bill 110 puts a two-year ban on the construction of new homes larger than 3,500 sq. ft. – also called "monster homes."

After nearly five hours of testimony, the city council deferred the measure.

Many have said the homes – often with eight bedrooms or more – can serve as undocumented rentals, and cause unwanted neighborhood congestion.

Others say the large homes help alleviate Oahu's extreme demand for affordable housing by providing multi-generational families a place to live under one roof.

Some lawmakers, including Mayor Kirk Caldwell,  support putting a stop on the large homes.

"We cannot allow these over-sized structures to change the character of our communities," Caldwell said last year.

The bill will be revisited at the council's next meeting on Feb. 28.

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