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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 15, 2006
MAYOR HANNEMANN SIGNS FOUR BILLS INTO LAW
Mayor Mufi Hannemann today (Wednesday, March 15, 2006) signed four bills into law. He also returned to the City Council a fifth bill, which becomes law without his signature.
The mayor signed:
· Bill 74 (2005) CD1, which makes it illegal for anyone to remove or tamper with parts from a motor vehicle that is parked on a public street, highway or pedestrian mall, except for repairs necessitated by an emergency. This is aimed at deterring theft of auto parts and making it easier to prosecute thieves. Previously, prosecutors had to prove that a person removing parts from a vehicle did not have the owner’s permission. Cases were dismissed because of the inability to locate a vehicle’s owner or get that party to testify in court.
· Bill 75 (2005), which establishes a three dollar fee for issuance of a provisional driver’s license as authorized by a state law enacted last year.
· Bill 11 (2006), CD1, which allows police and motor vehicle control inspectors to cite and tow away vehicles on public roads that do not have a current registration emblem and safety inspection sticker or a valid license plate.
· Bill 14 (2006) FD1, CD1, which relaxes the requirement for prior City Council approval of certain intergovernmental agreements. The bill adds to the list of intergovernmental agreements any arrangements where a non-City government agency provides training for City personnel. But the bill also exempts from the prior-approval requirement the Department of Emergency Services, Honolulu Fire Department, Oahu Civil Defense Agency, Department of the Medical Examiner, Honolulu Police Department the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney. Instead of having to get City Council approval before entering into an intergovernmental agreement, those agencies would be required only to submit an annual report to the City Council.
Mayor Hannemann returned Bill 7 (2006), CD 2, to the City Council unsigned. The bill amends the Land Use Ordinance to delete maximum floor area restrictions for ohana dwelling units. Under the bill, the only limits on the size of an ohana dwelling unit would be development standards (maximum building area and/or lot coverage) in the applicable zoning district.
“This bill could actually encourage illegal bed-and-breakfast operations,” said Hannemann. “However, we understand the Council was motivated by a desire to meet Oahu’s pressing need for more affordable housing, and for that reason, I will allow the bill to become law without my signature.
“Nonetheless, this is a significant policy shift away from the original purpose of allowing ohana units as accessory dwelling units to encourage extended families to live together without altering the character of a neighborhood,” said Hannemann. “This bill allows two large principal dwelling units on a property, essentially doubling the neighborhood’s density. Similar complaints led the City Council in 1988 to prescribe size limits for ohana units.”
Those limits ranged from 700 square feet for R-5 residential lots to 1,000 square feet for agricultural or country-zoned parcels. By removing the limits, the bill allows large secondary houses on country or agriculture lots.
Bill Brennan, 527-6928
Mark Matsunaga, 527-5767
|Wednesday, March 15, 2006|