Climate Commission Issues Guidance On Amending Shoreline Setback Rules

posted in: Climate Change, January 2020 | 0

Waves undercut Kamehameha Highway in Ka‘a‘awa, where many shoreline lots are fortified with seawalls.

On December 23, the Honolulu Climate Change Commission approved guidance on how the Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) should update the city’s shoreline setback ordinance, which has not been significantly amended in a decade.

The ordinance — which Matt Gonser of the Honolulu Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency calls a “blunt tool” — currently requires setbacks of 40 feet. For shallow lots, setbacks can be as narrow as 20 feet.

Unlike the ordinances for Kaua . . .

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