Advocacy Updates

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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City Budget Holds Steady on Property Taxes

In March, Mayor Kirk Caldwell submitted his budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2016 to City Council. The Council, led by Chair Ernie Martin, will spend three months analyzing the priorities of the administration, along with the needs of taxpayers. 

The Mayor’s budget continues to focus on core services, repair and maintenance of physical infrastructure, public safety and transportation equity, while cognizant of the need to plan for and invest in the future. His priorities are generally consistent with prior years: repair and resurface roads, enhance bus service, connect rail and bus, plan for transit-oriented development, maintain sewer infrastructure and comply with the global consent decree, and improve our parks and iconic facilities. Last year, the Housing First Program was added as a priority, as well as the conversion of 50,000 streetlights to LED lighting. Since the launch of the Mayor’s affordable housing plan last year, the Mayor’s priorities include initiatives to implement that strategy. All of his priorities address core services and programs, and are intended to build a city that successfully evolves in the 21st century.

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