Advocacy Updates

Condemnation Policy Passed by Budget Chair Kobayashi

Resolution 169, introduced by councilmember Ann Kobayashi, would establish a council policy to suspend any council approval for acquisition of real property along the rail transit line. According to the resolution, a June 6, 2016, Federal Transit Administration (FTA) letter sent to the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) and the administration criticized the lack of cost containment on the rail project, which has increased from an original project cost of $5.2B to $8.3B.

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Manahan Introduces Road Rage Bill

 

Council Member Joey Manahan introduced Bill 50 in an attempt to reduce “road rage” on Oahu streets and highways. The bill specifically prohibits behaviors that provoke or aggravate incidents that threaten public health and safety. It was introduced on the heels of a recent action near Waikele that shut down multiple lanes and caused rush-hour gridlock to west Oahu.

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ADU Application Fees Slashed

 

Bill 27, relating to accessory dwelling units (ADUs), was signed into law by Mayor Kirk Caldwell and will save homeowners $9,000 to $10,000 in ADU application fees. The measure waives all building permit, grading, and inspection fees, and wastewater facility charges, for a two-year period, and permanently waives park dedication requirements for ADUs. 

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REALTOR® Voter's Guide

Wondering who will have REALTORS®' best interests at heart in Honolulu Hale? HBR put the 2016 mayoral and city councilmember candidates to the test, asking them the most burning questions affecting both REALTORS® and homeowners.

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