State Convention 1999 (Jean Aoki)|
President's Message (Grace Furukawa)
Welcome! (Annie Kim)
Brief Annual Meeting Report (Grace Furukawa)
Report on Mail-In Voting Consensus (Jean Aoki)
Council Adopts New Zoning Ordinance (Astrid Monson)
Next Millennium Conference Ending Domestic Violence (Suzanne Meisenzahl)
Violence Prevention Committee (Annelle Amaral)
In Memory - Sylvia Levy
Americans Discuss Social Security (Jean Aoki)
Just for Fun
LWV-Honolulu Officers and Committee Chairs
Council Adopts New Zoning Ordinance
On April 28,1999, the Honolulu City Council approved in an 8-1 vote Bill 72, CD-2, a considerably revised Land Use Ordinance (LUO). This law contains detailed provisions regulating all types of uses of land. The new law represents a total revision of the LUO previously enacted in 1986. The new ordinance contains many provisions League and other community organizations opposed though the final draft, as passed, has been improved over earlier drafts.
Early in 1997, the city Administration decided to make a major revision of the LUO to "streamline" it and make it more "user-friendly". An advisory committee, including the League, made a number of recommendations. But, early in 1998, the city administration appointed a new committee, headed by well-known local lawyer Bill McCorreston to start again on revising the LUO. This new committee proposed wholesale amendments to the LUO, changing the whole land use application and review processes.
On the basis of this Report, the DLU wrote Bill 72 as a completely new LUO. This "improved" the 1986 document of double-spaced 375 pages into a 443 single-spaced bill. The revised code revised or omitted a number of the 1982 LUO's provisions and procedures, eliminated others, included many new ones, and thoroughly re-organized the ordinance.
Objections were raised, particularly to a provision mandating automatic permitting after 45 or 90 days. League testified throughout the review and on April 28, before the third and final reading of the bill, our new Planning and Zoning co-chair, Michelle Matson, testified in part:
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