Advocacy Updates

Bill Proposes Waiving ADU Permit Fees

Bill 27 would waive certain fees for homeowners to create an accessory dwelling unit (ADU), a move that could save homeowners up to $10,000. Drafted by the Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP), the measure would waive all building permit, grading, and inspection fees, and wastewater facility charges for two years. It would also permanently waive parking-dedication requirements for ADUs.

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Notes from the Housing Development Forum

We had fantastic turnout for a Honolulu Board of REALTORS® agent forum last week, with nearly 400 members, affiliates and local lawmakers gathering to listen to representatives from five of the most prominent developers in the islands talk about the future of housing on Oahu.

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Bill 12 Provides Property-Tax Relief for Family Rental Housing

Councilmember Ann Kobayashi introduced Bill 12 to provide property-tax relief to families who dedicate their Residential A property for family rental. If the property was purchased for less than $1M and is dedicated to family-rental, including parents, siblings and children, for 5 years, then the property owner would receive the lower residential property tax classification.

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Mayor Identifies Priorities in State of City Address

Mayor Kirk Caldwell laid his plans for the City & County of Honolulu is his annual state of the city address. At the top of his wish list is a request for $834M in capital improvement funds for road repairs, sewer upgrades and park improvements. He also asked for more transparency and accountability to address the rising cost of rail construction, proposed to house 346 chronically homeless people through Housing First, double the number housed during the current fiscal year, and planned for $490M in sewer-capacity improvements, more than double the current year’s $213M.

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