Council to consider housing measure

LIHUE — A measure under consideration by the Kauai council has the potential to increase the inventory of affordable housing on the island — especially in more densely populated areas like Lihue, supporters said.

Co-sponsored by councilmembers Gary Hooser and Mason Chock, Bill 2627 would allow homeowners who meet certain guidelines to construct an additional rental unit on their property.

“I believe what we have is a winner right now,” Chock said Tuesday of the Affordable Rental Unit measure.

Chock and Hooser have been working with county staff and believe they have the support necessary to proceed and will outline the measure today.

The councilmembers said the purpose of the bill is to increase the number of affordable rentals in the Lihue Planning District without substantially altering neighborhood character.

The council meets this morning at 8:30 a.m. in the Civic Building.

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