Divisive accessory dwellings bill raises concerns about packed neighborhoods

Craig T. Kojima / Star-Advertiser

Whiting Street looking toward Pauoa Valley on O‘ahu. Senate Bill 3202, if it becomes law, will allow “at least two” accessory dwellings in addition to a main home on lots zoned primarily for single-family housing.

HONOLULU — One of the most hotly contested bills Hawai‘i lawmakers passed this year could make residential neighborhoods more dense, though the beginning of such change may be more than two years away.