Kipapa Stream Bridge Closed October 6-9 For Rehabilitation Work

5 10 2017

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) Highways Division, will be closing Kamehameha Highway continuously in both directions between Ka Uka Boulevard and Lanikuhana Avenue from 9 p.m. on Friday night, Oct. 6, 2017, through 5 a.m. on Monday morning, Oct. 9, 2017, for bridge deck work.

HDOT advises motorists to use the H-2 Freeway as an alternate route and encourages the public to utilize traffic apps to stay informed of congested areas. A full closure is needed to accommodate the heavy equipment to install precast panels and transitions on the mauka ends of the Kipapa Stream (Roosevelt) Bridge.

Electronic message boards have been posted to alert motorists of the closures. Special Duty Police Officers will be on-site to assist with traffic control. Emergency vehicles, first responders, and TheBus have been notified of the roadwork and will be allowed through the closure. Roadwork is weather permitting.

 





Tax Advisory Commission Calls for Public Input as It Reviews City Real Property Tax System

1 09 2017

The 2017 Oahu Real Property Tax Advisory Commission is calling for the public’s input as it conducts a comprehensive review of the City’s real property tax system. The Commission must submit written recommendations to the City Council by December 1, 2017.

“The public’s input is critical to this process if we are to fulfill our mission,” said Commission Chair Dennis Oshiro. “I believe all property owners have a perspective on how we can improve the system and we are actively seeking their advice.

Real property taxes are the primary source of revenue for the City and County of Honolulu. The tax system features various classes of property, as well as numerous exemptions and credits, which must be reviewed periodically to ensure that the system is as equitable and efficient as possible, Oshiro added.

In 2011 the City Council created the Oahu Real Property Tax Advisory Commission to advise and assist the Council by conducting a biennial review of the City’s real property tax system. The last report from the Commission was in November 2014.

In May the Council adopted Resolution 17-112 reestablishing the Commission and requiring that it issue a new report by December 1. The 2017 Commission met for the first time in July. Its next meeting is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 14, 2017, in the City Council Committee Room on the second floor of Honolulu Hale.
The public is encouraged to submit oral and written testimony. Written testimony may be sent to Commission aide Todd Swisher via e-mail at todd.swisher@honolulu.gov.





New Water Quality Rules and Fees

15 08 2017

The Department of Planning and Permitting will implement new water quality rules on August 16 that will affect developers, contractors, designers, businesses, and homeowners planning to file grading or building permit applications. The rules are intended to protect the city’s streams and our fragile coral reefs from the impacts of development.

Under the new rules, any project that requires a building permit and that involves “ground disturbance” will require an Erosion and Sediment Control Plan (ESCP) to detail measures that will be taken to prevent sediment and other pollutants from entering the city’s storm drain system. Land disturbance includes digging, moving or storing soil on site, and breaking up concrete or asphalt.

The plan must also include a project drawing showing where best management practices (BMPs) will be installed to prevent the runoff into the storm drains. Inspections will be required during construction to ensure the best management practices are installed correctly and are working. The plan must be done by an Erosion and Sediment Control Plan coordinator certified by the city. The new rules will also require inspections during construction and post-construction best management practices.

Also effective August 16, a new $250 plan review fee will be collected for each Erosion and Sediment Control Plan submitted to the Department of Planning and Permitting for approval. A double plan review fee will be charged for land-disturbing activity that begins without an approved Erosion and Sediment Control Plan. A $150 fee will be charged for each revision to an approved plan.

Changes to the city’s Rules Relating to Water Quality were mandated by the Hawaii Department of Health and the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to comply with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit. The rules establish minimum requirements to protect waters from pollutants associated with land disturbance during construction.

For more information, see http://bit.ly/2ux4oia. For building permits, call 768-8230, or for grading and trenching permits, call 768-8216 or 768-8217.