Advocacy Updates

Bill 41 Passed 1st Reading

The Honolulu City Council passed Bill 41 (7-2 vote) on Wednesday 11/10 in its 1st reading. The bill's current form is the original version and does not include any of the positive changes put forth by the DPP and Planning Commission. Several councilmembers expressed concern over this and that there is confusion amongst the public of which bill will be moving forward and considered. Councilmember Elefante who is the Chair of the Zoning and Planning Committee noted they will work to clear the confusion and move forward with one bill for consideration in his zoning and planning committee meetings.

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Short-Term Rental (Bill 41) Update

Bill 41 will have its 1st reading at the City Council’s November 10th meeting. The Department of Planning and Permitting has submitted an updated draft with amendments from the planning commission - Bill 41, CD1, both of these measures will be discussed on November 10th.

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STR Proposal Advances

On Wednesday, September 29, the planning commission voted 6-1 to advance the bill to the Honolulu City Council. The commission recommended splitting the bill into rules for residential zones and rules for resort zones and move forward with rules for residential zones. However, the details of the specific recommendations were unclear.

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Update on Proposed Short-term Rental Amendments

The Honolulu Planning Commission closed public testimony on the Short-Term rental proposed bill at the end of Wednesday’s (9/8) public hearing. The planning commission will not act on the matter until a September 29th meeting.

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