Mayor Kirk Caldwell wants to hear from Oahu residents who hold a disability parking permit about an ordinance signed into law last month that would end the two and a half hours of free parking at 10 parking lots in urban Honolulu.
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Bill 39 was designed to bring Oahu's parking rules in line with the rest of the state. However, Honolulu Transportation Services Director Mike Formby said the mayor is concerned about the lack of community input.
"So, the mayor's concern was that we went through three hearings and it was never publicly discussed," Formby told KITV4. "The community didn't come out and express concerns or say they were in favor of it, and so he wants us to have that discussion with the community, which means he's going to continue the policy for now."
Bill 39 was introduced by the Honolulu City Council after a request by the Disability and Communication Access Board. Executive Director Francine Wai said the goal was to have conformity among all four counties and the state when it comes to parking rules for the disabled.
"What we wanted to do is make sure that all the county ordinances were consistent with state law, and most of the neighbor island ones were, but the Honolulu one still had a lot of obsolete provisions," Wai explained. "I know our board has been very, very diligent and very consistent about its position."
More than 100,000 people statewide hold a disability parking permit, with the majority of those living on Oahu. Formby said the city will hold a public hearing within the next two months to discuss Bill 39 and how it could end the two and a half hours of free parking for the disabled.
"We want people to come so we can educate them about the purpose of having a city and state policy that are the same," said Formby. "We'll make sure it's in the paper and there's legal notice. We'll make sure that it's on our website (and) we'll probably put out a press release."
Results of the public hearing could determine whether the mayor allows the grace period for those with a disabled parkersparking permit to continue through administrative rules, despite Bill 39.
"So, I think there's a way that we could do something legally other than through an ordinance, but I'm not sure we want to go there yet," said Formby. "Right now the goal is to educate the public first."
Bill 39 has no impact on city lots with metered parking, or metered parking in general.
The 10 lots that could be impacted by Bill 39 are as follows:
The Honolulu Zoo Parking
Kaimuki MuncipalMunicipal Managed Lot