Kauai residents rebuilding after the flood eligible for expedited permits

Kauai residents rebuilding after the flood eligible for expedited permits
Debris covered many Kauai properties following April's historic flooding. (Image: Hawaii News Now/file)

LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - In the wake of April's historic floods, Kauai County is launching a new effort to help rebuild homes quickly.

On Friday, Mayor Bernard Carvalho plans to sign an emergency ordinance to speed up the permitting process for impacted residents to rebuild over the next 60 days.

The Planning Department is also opening field offices to help fast-track the applications.

Kauai council approved the expedited process earlier this month. Once signed by the mayor, some permitting fees may also be waived for affected home owners.

Qualification may be granted provided the structure does not fall under the following scenarios:

  • Non-conforming use or structure prohibitions
  • Special Management Area applicability
  • Shoreline Setback Determination requirements
  • Existing violations on the property
  • Non-conforming structures located within a special flood hazard area identified by the Federal Insurance Administration

The county added:

The Planning Department is the lead agency for this expedited permitting qualification, and will be stationing field offices near each of the disaster areas, as follows:

  • Tuesday, June 19, at Koloa Neighborhood Center from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 20, at Anahola Clubhouse from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 21, at Hale Halawai from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday, June 22, at Hanalei Colony Resort in Wainiha from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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Applicants should expect to submit all relevant permits within 30 days of receiving qualification status from the Planning Department.

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