Carvalho signs emergency permitting bill

LIHUE — Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho Jr. signed Bill 2713 into law on Tuesday.

The emergency ordinance adopted by the Kaua‘i County Council on June 6 provides for an expedited permitting process for those residences damaged in April’s historic flooding across the island. It will only be in effect for 60 days; however, it lays the groundwork for more permanent regulations the administration will transmit to the council in the near future.

This emergency ordinance allows those who have structures classified during this past tax year as Homestead, Residential, or Agricultural to apply for expedited permitting qualification and permitting fee waivers.

The Planning Department is the lead agency for this expedited permitting qualification, and will be stationing field offices near each of the disaster areas, as follows:

• Tonight, at Hale Halawai from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.;

• Friday, June 22, at Hanalei Colony Resort in Wainiha from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Applications will also be accepted at the Planning Department’s service counter, at the Lihue Civic Center, during normal zoning window hours. Normal hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays.

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