Urgent- Vacation rentals in Kailua

Please Protect Kailua’s Neighborhoods!

City Council proposes to legalize Vacation Rentals & B&B Hotels in Residential-Zoning

Zoning Committee Hearing on Thursday April 2nd @ 9am

 

The “illegal” vacation rental industry has swayed Zoning Committee Chair Ikaika Anderson to hear two new resolutions that will allow B&B hotels and Vacation Rentals to proliferate in all Oahu residential neighborhoods.

Resolution 15-72 (permits B&B hotels) and Resolution 15-86 (permits vacation rentals/TVU) will allow thousands of hotel-like rooms to legally operate in Kailua’s residential neighborhoods.

 

 It’s Spot-Zoning at its Worst

Currently B&B hotels and vacation rentals are non-conforming in residential zoning and can only operate with a non-conforming use certificates. But both resolutions will make visitor-lodging businesses “conforming” in residential zoning. Furthermore, both resolutions do not allow neighbors or community members to submit input during the permit process and neighbors will only be notified after a TVU/B&B hotel permit has been issued. There are also no distance-separations between lodging business, so many neighborhoods will be overwhelmed by them and will become de-facto mini-resorts. Large hotel chains could even manage the properties!

 

A Very Slippery Slope for our Community

Anderson has claimed he will “limit” the number lodging businesses in residential zoning, but this is impossible. By law, no City Council can ever bind another council’s legislature. In other words, any so-called “limits” can be changed at any time by any council. Once you start permitting, it becomes a slippery slope. These lodging businesses will cement Kailua’s future as a tourist town and change the local residential-character of the community forever. Our community is already facing traffic nightmares, increasing housing-costs and other social-ills. Becoming the Windward Waikiki will only worsen our problems!

 

Just Say No!

Legalizing vacation rentals and B&B hotels in residential zoning will not solve the core-problems these businesses create in our neighbors and our communities. The core problems with these businesses in residential zoning are they reduce our housing-supply and therefore raise housing-costs. And they negatively change the residential character of our neighborhoods by displacing our neighbors with a revolving door of vacationers.

 

We Need Homes for Residents, Not Mini-Hotels for Tourists

Every home, studio, cottage or room that is used as a visitor lodging business is one less home for Oahu’s residents. Oahu is facing a housing-supply crisis that most experts believe is contributing to our worsening homelessness problem. Our residential communities need more long-term rentals. Legalizing short-term rentals takes away the opportunity for these properties to house local residents. The City Administration has stated Oahu needs an additional 24,000 homes by 2016 in order to shelter Oahu’s residents. It’s truly nonsensical to be reducing the number of homes for residents in order to give tourist a so-called “alternative” experience.

 

Neighbors Matter!

Most Neighbors oppose living next to or near visitor lodging businesses because they displace neighbors from our neighborhood and change the residential character of the neighborhood and the community. Short-term tenants have little interest in public agencies or in the welfare of the citizenry. They do not participate in neighborhood watch programs, coach paddling, or join the hospital guild. They do not lead a scout troop, volunteer at the library, or keep an eye on an elderly neighbor. Literally they are here today and gone tomorrow–without engaging in the sort of activities that weld and strengthen a community.

 

Anderson’s Proposed Enforcement Measures Unproven

Ikaika Anderson claims his resolution will “some-how” improve enforcement of illegal short-term rentals. We don’t believe it! His resolutions are filled with loopholes and bureaucratic red-tape. In fact, a neighbor cannot even file a complaint with the City unless they first obtain a police report. This is a waste of Police resources. Furthermore, Anderson is refusing to hear the DPP’s Bill 22 that was unanimously passed by the Planning Commission and according to the DPP’s Director will improve the City’s ability to enforce zoning laws against illegal short-term rentals. We support Bill 22 and believe it should be implemented and “proven” before any discussions of allowing more visitor-lodging businesses in Kailua.

 

Resolutions Reward Illegal Operators

Both resolutions will reward illegal operators with lucrative permits who have been knowingly breaking the law. There are no restrictions to who can apply for a permit, including proven violators who have received violations from the Cty. The illegal short-term rental owners will be first in line to receive permits since they already have established their “illegal” businesses. Based upon the proposed number of permits to be granted for both B&B hotels and vacation rental, most industry insiders predict every illegal operator will be issued a permit despite thousands of complaints by neighbors. Apparently crime does pay!

 

Zoning should Regulate Land-uses

Clearly, vacation rentals and B&B hotels are lodging businesses that serve the same business purpose as hotels, motels, lodges and Inns. Our zoning laws regulate and separate land-uses in order to protect the delicate distribution of land-uses and avoid land-use conflicts between neighboring properties. Resolutions 15-72 and 15-86 turn residential zoning laws up-side down! Many in our community do not want to live next to mini-hotels. They selected residential zoning for their homes and believe they have the right to live in a neighborhood with neighbors and not a revolving door of tourists. Anderson claims he just “cannot” figure out the difference between renting short-term (less than 30 days) and long-term (more than 30 days). But we can! It basically comes down to the purpose of the tenancy. Short-term stays, also called transient-stays are lodging activities.  Visitors are only staying in accommodations for a short-period of time and are not utilizing the lodging as their permanent residence. In contrast, long-term rentals provide residents a home where they reside permanently and contribute to the wellbeing of the neighborhood and the community. This is not rocket-science! Maybe Anderson just does not want to know the difference?

 

Please OPPOSE Resolutions 15-72 & 15-86

Please OPPOSE both resolutions 15-72 & 15-86 by submitting your testimony at: http://www.honolulu.gov/ccl-testimony-form.html?view=form

Be sure to click zoning committee, list both resolutions 15-72 & 15-86 in the Agenda box and click OPPOSE.

Please pass on this email to other Oahu Residents.

 

Stand Up and Be Heard!

The Zoning Committee meeting will be on Thursday, April 2nd at 9 AM at Honolulu Hale in the Committee meeting room. Please attend and testify! We know the illegal vacation rental owners will be there since they have an obvious financial interest in the resolutions. We need Kailua’s residents to tell Anderson and other Council members we oppose these ill-conceived resolutions!

 

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Kailua Neighborhood Board Meeting

Kailua Neighborhood Board No. 31

  April 2015 Agenda

THURSDAY, April 2, 2015 7:00 p.m.

KAILUA RECREATION CENTER, 21 SOUTH KAINALU DRIVE    

CALL TO ORDER. Chair Chuck Prentiss.                                                                                     II.   ANNOUNCEMENTS.       A. Kailua Town Party.      III.   . IV.  RESIDENT AND COMMUNITY CONCERNS (Three (3) minutes each).   (Please sign in at meeting, or email Chair Chuck Prentiss at  prentissc001@hawaii.rr.com). V.  ELECTED OFFICIALS (Three (3) minutes each).                                                             A.   Representative Cynthia Thielen.        B.   Representative Chris Lee.        C.   Councilmember Ikaika Anderson.        D.   Senator Jill Tokuda.        E.   Senator Laura Thielen.        F.   Representative Ken Ito. VI. PRESENTATION (10 minutes)       A. Verizon Wireless – extension to an existing wireless telecommunications tower at the Christ Church Uniting Disciples and Presbyterians located at 1300 Kailua Road in Kailua. VII.   

BOARD MOTIONS.   Motion 1: The Kailua Neighborhood Board No. 31 opposesHawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery’s proposed amendment to add approximately 56.5 acres, which is outside the Urban Community Boundary and in the State Conservation district.  

Motion 2: The Kailua Neighborhood Board No. 31 opposes defining areas outside the Community Growth Boundary as “urban fringe” in the Koolaupoko Sustainable Communities Plan.

Motion 3: The Kailua Neighborhood Board No. 31 requests that Governor David Ige hold a community meeting in April in Kailua to hear what residents think should be the qualifications of the Head of the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR).  

Motion 4: TheKailua Neighborhood Board No. 31 endorses exploration of the concept to use a “land marina” as a cost effective solution to help address Hawaii’s homeless issue.  

Motion 5: The Kailua Neighborhood Board No. 31 requests that the City and County of Honolulu and the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) stop work on the rail system immediately and conduct a review in which the following are analyzed and publicized: $1-       The current projected cost based upon the experience to date. $1-       A firm estimate of the annual operating costs for the rail system once completed. $1-       The timeline for completion of the project. $1-       A revised estimate of the likely reduction in traffic congestion upon completion of the rail project. $1-       A rigorous review of alternatives to rail, such as bus rapid transit, which would have a similar or larger reduction in traffic congestion. $1-       A review of how the already built infrastructure could be utilized for the completion of alternatives. $1-       A review of the interaction between the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the states after rail/tunnel projects were terminated in Florida and New Jersey.  This review should include an assessment of how much funding they were forced to reimburse to the U.S. DOT. $1-       An assessment of current public opinion conducted by an independent third party.”   VIII.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Minutes of March 5, 2015.  IX.   COMMITTEE REPORTS.    A.  Parks and Recreation Committee – Chair, Jon Chinen  1. Committee was recessed in March.     Next meeting Third Thursday, April 16 at 7:00 p.m. at Kailua District Park Arts & Crafts Room       B.  Transportation and Public Works – Chair, William Hicks      1. New traffic signal at the intersection of Kuulei Road and Aulike Street.      2. DTS recommends roundabout for Kalapawai traffic.      3. Concerns regarding Honolulu’s Rail Transit Project. nb31201113Civil defense forum. Next meeting is second Thursday, April 9, 2015 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Kailua Recreation Center, Arts and Crafts room.  D.  Government and Community Services – Chair, Matthew Darnell 1. No quorum at meeting.  Next meeting is third Thursday, April 16, 2015, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., Kalama Beach Park.    E.  Planning, Zoning & Environment – Chair, Donna Wong       1. City and County Department of Wastewater Management. Kailua Regional Waste Water Treatment Plant (KRWWTP) odor control project. 2. Kawainui-Hamakua Marsh Master Plan. 3. Koolaupoko Sustainable Communities Plan. 4. B&B and TVU enforcement.  Next meeting is third Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., Kalama Beach Park.    F. Treasurer’s Report. Claudine Tomasa.    G.  Chair’s Report:  1. Committee agendas due to Chair by Sunday, April 26, 2015.

Synopsis of Marine Corps Aloha Newsletter 3-20-15

 

Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay hours of operation:

Monday – Thursday: 7 a.m. – midnight

Friday: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Saturday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

*Aircraft maintenance will occur 24/7, as required to maintain aircraft safety.

Exceptions: none

Marine Corps Training Area Bellows: Monday – Sunday: 24 hours a day

*Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. – 7 a.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 p.m. – 9 a.m. on weekends and holidays

Ulupa’u Crater Range Training Facility: Monday – Sunday: 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Pu’uloa Range Training Facility: Monday – Sunday: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 Marine Corps Base Hawaii is hosting The Beast 10K Run Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Dewey Square. This event is open to the public. This course challenges runners through 10 kilometers that wind throughout the installation with views of Kaneohe Bay and the Nu’upia Ponds. Individual and Formation runners are welcome to endure the hills, pavement and trail terrain. Those interested in participating should visit the site, http://mccshawaii.com/event/the-beast-10k-4/ for more information.

Nine F/A-18 jet planes are participating in a Sentry Aloha Exercise and will be on-island through early next week. During the exercise, area residents are likely to see an increase in fighter aircraft take-offs and landings. 

To express concerns about base operations, including flight operations and base personnel, please call our hotline, 257-8832, or send a message via the website: http://www.mcbhawaii.marines.mil/Departments/BaseInspector/FormalComplaint.aspx

For noise concerns, call 257-8832. This number is monitored Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Office at 257-8876, or send an e-mail message to :KBAZ.PAO.FCT@USMC.mil Elizabeth Feeney, Community Relations Officer

Public Affairs Office

Strategic Plans and Engagement

Box 63002

Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii 96863-3002

Office: 808.257.8832

 

TSUNAMI – Get Ready- Meeting March 25, 2015

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GET READY

TOWN HALL MEETING ON TSUNAMI

Guest Speaker from:

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Kailua District Park Multi -Purpose Room

21 South Kainalu Drive

Kailua

All invited

   What causes a Tsunami?           What is the Extreme Tsunami?

          How can Kailua prepare for the Extreme Tsunami?

   Do you know if you need to evacuate?   What are Refuge Centers?

Kailua Board Meeting March 5, 2015

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REGULAR MEETING AGENDA THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 7:00 p.m. KAILUA RECREATION CENTER,

21 SOUTH KAINALU DRIVE .     

A. Round Table restaurant liquor license. V.  ELECTED OFFICIALS (Three (3) minutes each).                                

A.   Representative Ken Ito.        B.   Representative Cynthia Thielen.        C.   Representative Chris Lee.

D.   Councilmember Ikaika Anderson.        E.   Senator Jill Tokuda.        F.   Senator Laura Thielen.

VI.  BOARD MOTIONS.   Motion 1: The Kailua Neighborhood Board No. 31 opposes the confirmation of Carleton Ching as Director of the State Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR).

Motion 2: Kailua Neighborhood Board No. 31 opposes any new permits for short-term tourist rentals in residential neighborhoods.

Motion 3: The Kailua Neighborhood Board No. 31 requests the City and County of Honolulu to consider resurfacing or restriping the Kailua District Park parking lot as a Capital Improvement Project (CIP).

Motion 4: The Kailua Neighborhood Board No. 31 opposes the Conservation District Use Application (CDUA) for 1711 Kanapu`u Drive because the development is inconsistent with the Hawaii Administrative Rules evaluation criteria.     COMMITTEE REPORTS.   A. Parks and Recreation Committee – Chair, Jon Chinen $11.     Bill 58(2014)-The bill was heard by the Parks, Community, and Customer Services Committee on February 10, and passed Second Reading at the City Council on February 18.  The bill was amended in Committee removing language creating a City Adopt-a-Park program, and inserted language giving the Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation clear guidelines for implementation of a program by the Department.  The Bill returns to Committee for a further hearing before returning to the full Council for Third Reading. $12.

Bill 8(2015)-This bill adds four Waimanalo parks and all Waimanalo beach rights of way to the current list of parks where commercial activities are banned.  However, music festivals, carnivals, and open markets are exempt activities for Waimanalo Beach Park and Waimanalo Bay Beach Park.  The bill does not change current enforcement procedures or practices.  The bill is yet to be scheduled for a Committee hearing. $13.

Bill 9(2015)-The bill prohibits anyone convicted of drug trafficking or distribution from entering a City park.  The bill is yet to be scheduled for a Committee hearing. $14.     Kalama Beach Park parking lot hours. $15.

Recess-The Committee will recess in March 2015. Next meeting Third Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at Kailua District Park Arts & Crafts Room     

 B. Public Safety, Public Health, and Civil Defense (PHPSCD) – Chair, Claudine Tomasa. $11.         Report – February 23,2015 meeting with DEM and City’s Consultant Robert Collins-Atkins North America re: Oahu’s Tsunami Evacuation Project involving all coastal communities – including Kailua. $12.     Public Safety – concern citizen requesting City/DTS to carry out their plan for installation of a traffic light situated near cross walk on Kuulei. Does not support any potential plan(s) i.e. median strips- that may impede mass evacuation during a disaster and/or prevent Fire Trucks from safely exiting station. Citizen is circulating petition for public to sign. $13.     Next Kailua Town Hall Preparedness Meeting on Tsunami March 25, 2015, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Kailua District Park Multi-Purpose Room Guest speaker- from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Public can obtain information on latest Extreme Tsunami Evacuation Maps for Kailua at http://www.honolulu.gov/dem $14.     New CERT classes are scheduled Saturdays, April 11, and 18, 2015; 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the City & County Frank Fasi Building/DEM EOC, and Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Battery Harlow/Diamond Head. Classes are free for the general public. For more information call Jeff Spencer 723-8960 or email jspencer1@honolulu.gov Next meeting is second Thursday, March 12, 2015 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Kailua Recreation Center, Arts and Crafts room.

C.   Government and Community Services – Chair, Matthew Darnell        1. No report.                                     Committee recessed in February.  Next meeting is third Thursday, March 12, 2015, 7:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m., Kalama Beach Park.    

D.  Planning, Zoning & Environment – Chair, Donna Wong       1. City and County Department of Wastewater Management. Kailua Regional Waste Water Treatment Plant (KRWWTP) odor control project. 2. Kawainui-Hamakua Marsh Master Plan. 3. Koolaupoko Sustainable Communities Plan. 4. B&B and TVU enforcement.  Next meeting is third Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 7:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m., Kalama Beach Park.

 E. Transportation and Public Works – Chair, William Hicks      1. Traffic issues in Kailua.      2. Meeting with DTS concerning Lanikai/Kalapawai traffic.       Next meeting is second Thursday, March 12, 2015, 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Kailua  Recreation Center, Arts and Crafts room.    

F. Treasurer’s Report. Claudine Tomasa.  

 G.  Chair’s Report:  1. Committee agendas due to Chair by Sunday, March 22, 2015.       IX. 

Earthquake Preparedness Meeting – all invited

TOPIC:  EARTHQUAKES

 

        Guest speaker from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center .

              February 25, 2015

              6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

        Kailua District Park Multi Purpose Room

             

              Everyone is welcome

 

Come and talk with the experts. Ask questions. Learn what causes earthquakes and how to keep yourself and family safe during an earthquake.

 

 

Kailua Board Meeting THURSDAY, February 5, 2015 7:00 p.m. Sewer update on Agenda

REGULAR MEETING AGENDA

THURSDAY, February 5, 2015 7:00 p.m.

KAILUA RECREATION CENTER, 21 SOUTH KAINALU DRIVE

                                                                           

 

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  1. RESIDENT AND COMMUNITY CONCERNS (Three (3) minutes each).             

(Please sign in at meeting, or email Chair Chuck Prentiss at prentissc001@hawaii.rr.com).

PRESENTATION. (10 Minutes)

Kailua Wastewater Treatment Plant odor control project update. Robert Kroning, Department of Design and Construction.

 VII. BOARD MOTIONS. 

Motion 1: The Kailua Neighborhood Board No. 31 endorses Bill 5 (2014) relating to fireworks.

Motion 2: Kailua Neighborhood Board No. 31 endorses exploration of the concept to use a “land marina” as a cost effective solution to help address Hawaii’s homeless issue.

Motion 3: The Kailua Neighborhood Board No. 31 requests that the City and County of Honolulu conduct an audit of the Kailua Wastewater Treatment Plant, which will include reviews of general management, hiring and promotion practices, preventive maintenance plans and execution, spare parts program, odor control project, financial management and discharge quality/monitoring program.

Motion 4: The Kailua Neighborhood Board No. 31 approves the list of comments prepared by the Planning, Zoning and Environment Committee on the Department of Planning and Permitting’s proposed revision to the Koolaupoko Sustainable Communities Plan.

Motion 5: The Kailua Neighborhood Board No. 31 approves the comments on City Councilman Ikaika Anderson’s request for comments on the matter of vacation rentals.

Motion 6: The Kailua Neighborhood Board No. 31 (KNB) hereby forms a Permitted Interaction Group (PIG) on the subject of enforcement of the City and County of Honolulu ordinances relating to vacation rentals. The committee’s responsibilities are to investigate, analyze, and make recommendations for solutions to the current ineffectiveness of the enforcement process. The committee shall make its recommendations to the KNB on or before May 7, 2015, and may make interim progress reports to the Board.