City Council Chair Ernie Martin presided over his last City Council meeting on Wednesday, December 5 at Honolulu Hale. The Honolulu Board of REALTORS® (HBR) says aloha to Chair Martin after working with him during his eight years in office. He has been a great advocate of homeowners and affordable housing, was a strong leader for his district, Mililani Mauka to Kahaluu, and an important ally to HBR and issues impacting REALTORS® including real property taxes.
Bill 72 was first on the agenda, which was adopted by the City Council on November 14, and extends the deadlines for existing high-rise residential buildings to comply with the fire safety measures. Mayor Caldwell vetoed the bill.
Bill 69 passed in 2018 and amended the Fire Code by requiring existing high-rise residential buildings not protected throughout by an automatic fire sprinkler system to pass building and life safety evaluation code assessments, and to retrofit where necessary to comply with specified fire safety standards. But concerns raised by the Hawaii Council of Associations and Apartment Owners (dba HCCA) caused some confusion among professionals who are specified to do the Life Safety Evaluation (LSE). The organization requested that the deadlines in the ordinance be extended two years to resolve the issues related to implementation and compliance.