Advocacy Updates

Honolulu REALTORS® Advocate for Housing Affordability

Honolulu’s Oahu island location makes it one of the nation’s most desirable and most expensive places to live. Unfortunately, the community currently faces a serious lack of housing inventory and a severe shortage of affordable housing. In response, Honolulu’s REALTORS® have established themselves as leaders in finding solutions to both issues.

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Resolution Revisits Legalizing TVUs

In 1989, the Honolulu City Council established provisions that allowed Transient Vacation Units (TVUs) located in zoning districts where they were no longer allowed to continue in operation if they were in existence prior to certain preceding dates and obtained a Nonconforming Use Certificate (the grandfather policy). But certain residential areas on Oahu have had long-term problems with illegal TVU operations, resulting in complaints to the City about noise, illegal parking and other problems associated with such operations.

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Majority of Survey Responses in Favor of Lifting Prohibition on TVRs/B&Bs

Sixty-two percent of survey responses favor lifting the prohibition on Transient Vacation Rentals (TVRs) and 64% favor lifting the prohibition on Bed & Breakfasts (B&Bs).

The results of the survey will be shared with each member of the Honolulu City Council and will be used by HBR City Affairs Committee as it drafts position recommendations.

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Important Ag Land Discussion Moves Forward

The Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) will hold a series of meetings in April to seek public input in identifying and mapping Oahu’s Important Agricultural Lands (IAL).

Each meeting will run from 5:30-8:30 p.m., and the public is encouraged to attend and offer comments and recommendations. The meeting dates and locations are:

  • April 8, Mililani Middle School Cafeteria, 95-1140 Lehiwa Drive
  • April 15, Windward Community College, Hale Akoakoa Room 105, 45-720 Keaahala Road

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