A new bill could help ease the affordable housing crunch


A new bill going through City Council could help ease the affordable housing crunch.

Bill 20, if approved, will allow homeowners on Oahu to build units on their properties that could be used as long term rentals.

George Atta, Director of Department of Planning and Permitting for the City & County of Honolulu and Chris Garnett who is with HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union join us in studio with more on Bill 20.

Bill 20 will amend current land-use ordinances by permitting Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) to exists in residential zones.

According to Atta, an ADU is an attached or detached structure built on a homeowner’s property that can serve as a long-term rental.  The maximum size of the units range from 400 – 800 square feet, depending on the size.  An ADU is different from an Ohana Dwelling Zone because it can be rented to non-relatives and can exist island-wide, not in just designated areas.

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