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SONHAWAI’I MISSION

Save Oʻahu’s Neighborhoods (SONHawai‘i) was formed in 2005 to educate people and influence the Honolulu County Government and the State of Hawai‘i to preserve residential-zoned areas and mitigate the problem of short-term rentals and the effect they bear on rental prices, homelessness, loss of community, and crime. Since our founding, many groups, neighborhood boards, community organizations and dedicated individuals have preserved Oʻahu’s 1989 ban on short-term rentals in residential-zoned areas – despite several concentrated efforts at the county and state level to overturn that ban. We are here to stay and a better-informed public is insisting on real solutions to the problems of the so-called “SHARING” of O’ahu’s neighborhoods.

SONHAWAI’I MISSION

Save Oʻahu’s Neighborhoods (SONHawai‘i) was formed in 2005 to educate people and influence the Honolulu County Government and the State of Hawai‘i to preserve residential-zoned areas and mitigate the problem of short-term rentals and the effect they bear on rental prices, homelessness, loss of community, and crime.

Since our founding, many groups, neighborhood boards, community organizations and dedicated individuals have preserved Oʻahu’s 1989 ban on short-term rentals in residential-zoned areas – despite several concentrated efforts at the county and state level to overturn that ban. We are here to stay and a better-informed public is insisting on real solutions to the problems of the so-called “SHARING” of O’ahu’s neighborhoods.

ALL OF OUR MISSION

All of us working together have won the public support against short-term rentals in residential neighborhoods but are still on the defensive legislatively because of the dark forces working behind the scenes at the state and county to turn our residential neighborhoods into profitable hotel operations. We can stop them, prevail, and progress into a solution to this mess but it depends on your involvement.

ALL OF OUR MISSION

All of us working together have won the public support against short-term rentals in residential neighborhoods but are still on the defensive legislatively because of the dark forces working behind the scenes at the state and county to turn our residential neighborhoods into profitable hotel operations. We can stop them, prevail, and progress into a solution to this mess but it depends on your involvement.

WHAT'S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW

October 31,  2018 – 1:30 pm

PLACE: Kualoa-Heeia Ecumenical Youth (KEY) Project, Pavilion, 47-200 Waihee Road, Kaneohe, Hawaii, 96744

The Planning Commission will hear the revised DPP Omnibus Revised (click to download).

This is a softened version of the August Omnibus Short-Term Rental (STR) permitting proposal unanimously rejected by the Planning Commission at its September 19 hearing.  But it bears the identical title and description as the August version, which will allow the Honolulu council to repack it with the original language during council hearings.

The whole point of this October revision is to get the Planning Commission to endorse the title and description so that the Council will only need a 5-4 majority to ultimately pass it – instead of the 6-3 supermajority requirement that the first Planning Commission “not recommended” triggered.

The only way we have a chance of stopping this “permitting before enforcement” scheme is to:

1)  Submit written testimony to the Planning Commission in opposition to DPP Omnibus.  This must be done by Monday October 29 7:00 am.  Even if you cannot make this short deadline, submit anyway, the secretary will likely pass it on to the commissioners.  The easy way is to email it directly to info@honoluludpp.org

In the subject line of your testimony, something like “Oppose revised Omnibus”.  State your reasons in the text body of your email. 

Have a look at our testimony: SONHawai’i PC Testimony 10-31-2018

2)  Attend the 10/31 hearing – in person.  This is very important so don’t be shy.  It will take many voices with similar messages to convince the Planning Commission to do the right thing.  They will listen – as they have before.

We have always prevailed at the Planning Commission because of the dedication and participation of you.  We can prevail on this one.  But you have to attend to make this happen again!

LEARN MORE

WHAT'S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW

October 31,  2018 – 1:30 pm

PLACE: Kualoa-Heeia Ecumenical Youth (KEY) Project, Pavilion, 47-200 Waihee Road, Kaneohe, Hawaii, 96744

The Planning Commission will hear the revised DPP Omnibus Revised (click to download).

This is a softened version of the August Omnibus Short-Term Rental (STR) permitting proposal unanimously rejected by the Planning Commission at its September 19 hearing.  But it bears the identical title and description as the August version, which will allow the Honolulu council to repack it with the original language during council hearings.

The whole point of this October revision is to get the Planning Commission to endorse the title and description so that the Council will only need a 5-4 majority to ultimately pass it – instead of the 6-3 supermajority requirement that the first Planning Commission “not recommended” triggered.

The only way we have a chance of stopping this “permitting before enforcement” scheme is to:

1)  Submit written testimony to the Planning Commission in opposition to DPP Omnibus.  This must be done by Monday October 29 7:00 am.  Even if you cannot make this short deadline, submit anyway, the secretary will likely pass it on to the commissioners.  The easy way is to email it directly to info@honoluludpp.org

In the subject line of your testimony, something like “Oppose revised Omnibus”.  State your reasons in the text body of your email. 

Have a look at our testimony: SONHawai’i PC Testimony 10-31-2018

2)  Attend the 10/31 hearing – in person.  This is very important so don’t be shy.  It will take many voices with similar messages to convince the Planning Commission to do the right thing.  They will listen – as they have before.

We have always prevailed at the Planning Commission because of the dedication and participation of you.  We can prevail on this one.  But you have to attend to make this happen again!

LEARN MORE

Here’s a brief description of each resolution

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Here’s a brief description of each resolution

Oppose DPP Omnibus

Establishes permanent permitting BEFORE proving enforceability (Tap for details)

Oppose DPP Omnibus (Establishes permanent permitting BEFORE proving enforceability)

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Click the links to some of our allies in the effort to Save Oʻahu’s Neighborhoods

More soon – this site is under construction and there may be frequent updates.  Ask everyone in your contact, email, twitter, etc, etc. to visit www.sonhawaii.org for the latest. Stay tuned.