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City Changes Rules Related to Water Quality

The Department of Planning and Permitting is implementing new water quality rules effective August 16 that will affect developers, contractors, designers, businesses, and homeowners planning to file grading or building permit applications. The rules are intended to protect the city’s streams and our fragile coral reefs from the impacts of development.

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Sprinkler Retrofit Passes First Reading

On the heels of the recent Marco Polo condominium fire, which cost three people their lives, Bill 69 introduced by the administration has passed first reading and will be heard in the Committee on Executive Matters and Legal Affairs. Expecting contentious discussion, the bill will likely face opposition by condo owners who could pay thousands to install sprinklers, and strong support by the Honolulu Fire Department which sent over a hundred fire fighters into the Marco Polo.

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Condominium Residential Use dedication filing deadline is September 1, 2017

In April 2017, the Honolulu City Council passed Bill 8 (17) will allows certain condominium owners to consider dedicating their properties for Residential Use for a five-year period if their units are being used as a primary residence, or a long-term rental (more than 30 days at a time). 

The dedication allows the properties that are currently on land zoned as mixed use, hotel, or commercial, and whose Declaration of Condominium or Horizontal Property Regime specifically states that the unit is allowed to be used as residential, to be classified as Residential, and thereby eligible for the historically lower real property tax rate.

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Property Tax Bills To Be Considered

With passage of the 2017/2018 Fiscal Year Budget for the City & County of Honolulu, City Council Members can now focus attention on revenue-generating and cost-reduction initiatives. Specifically, a number of property tax measures have been introduced and deserve discussion to determine possible impact.

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