Commentary: Ross Armetta on Bill 270

Hi Damon,

I don’t know if you have been following the Bill 270. The Big day for this Bill is likely 10-5 the next council meeting. In a nutshell, it is very unsustainable, un-green, expensive, and can make anyone a criminal for ANY violation of the building code.

The law is so vague and undefined that even a squeaky gate could trigger that. Got a pool of any sort over 18″ that’s um-permitted ? You could be thrown in jail. This is not vague conjecture. I have heard directly from a top official they are going to start going after un-permitted homes and un-permitted additions even without complaints.

Section 5-61. Criminal prosecution.

(a) General Provisions. Any person, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this code shall be deemed guilty of a petty misdemeanor, and each such person shall be deemed guilty of a separate offense for each and every day or portion thereof during which any violation of any provisions of this code is committed, continued or permitted; and upon conviction of any such violation, such person shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000, or by imprisonment for not more than thirty days, or by both fine and imprisonment.

Brittany Smart is making some effort to help us on this.

I have made a website and we have several cooperating organizations we are working with including the Hawaii Sustainable Community Alliance and the Stakeholders group.

As you probably know there are a lot of older people retiring without a lot of money, and younger people starting out.  The new hurricane rooms, much stricter standards, and additional requirements are going to driver more people to be unpermitted: they can not get the financing and afford the newer standards (about another 7-18,000 additional). 

Any article or help you can give us on this would be greatly appreciated.

I also have plenty of letters that I have written about this (some of them on the site ) please feel free to use as you wish.  I hope also to be updating the website later today with the additional county communications regarding this and more information.

I you have any other questions or interest on this please let me know vie email or call me.

Best wishes and A hui-hou,

Ross Armetta

One Response

  1. So… the problem with this bill is that it makes breaking the law expensive and unappealing?

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