Council OKs bill aimed at restricting just how big monster homes can be

Council OKs bill aimed at restricting just how big monster homes can be
The city council is cracking down on overly large homes (Image: Hawaii News Now/file) (Source: Hawaii News Now/file)

HONOLULU (AP) - The City Council has passed a bill to restrict the size of monster houses.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday that the council passed a bill by a 9-0 vote Wednesday that sets maximum density for detached dwellings.

The council bill says homes cannot have a floor area ratio of 0.7, meaning a floor area greater than 70% of a house lot’s size. Houses with floor area ratios greater than 0.6 would need to be owner-occupied and meet additional rules.

Monster houses often go up quickly, defy building rules and dwarf other homes in older residential neighborhoods.

Critics say they overburden parking and are used as illegal rentals or other nonconforming businesses.

The Building Industry Association of Hawaii says new regulations may create additional delays in obtaining permits.

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