Homeowners respond to building permit delaysUPDATED 7:46 PM HST Aug 06, 2013Video Transcript
KITV4 was first to warn you... There's a major backlog brewing for THOUSANDS of Oahu residents whose homes are fifty years or older. Even simple renovations could take MONTHS because 50 year-old homes FIRST need a historic review. Catherine Cruz explains the problem has caught the attention of state and city lawmakers. Guy and Elma Ibalei have been in their new "old" home for about a month and a half. They had been trying to buy the house since before Christmas, but the deal didn't close until this summer. - Guy 13:06 -13: "We didnt think it was going to take this long It was a definite roller coaster ride for us up and down it was a very trying time for us. very," They can laugh now, but a construction permit to replace a termite- eaten beam-- was held up until it the state historic preservation division completed its review. Their realtor said the closing was extended four times and the seller had been tempted by other offers. - Guy Ibalei 15 : 23- 15:26 - "We were stuck. Yeah, we were stuck, Their contractor thought this was no way to do business, and sought help from area lawmakers. - Diane 9:17 "It didnt seem like it was fair to this family they really wanted this house" She says getting info from SHPD was one frustration after another. - Diane 6:36 -6: 47 Roy s Koki general contracting - "No one answers, and if they answer the dont return calls. I asked several times to see what was the status and I never got calls back, I would call back again" Councilman Ron Menor said what he thought was an isolated problem turned out to be potential crisis for homeowners across the state. - Ron Menor 2:20 -2:38 -"If the homeowners want to do simple renovations and they ahve to go through this time consuming and elaborate process? That's illogical and that's ridiculous and we need to grant an exemptions on these kinds of properties." - CRUZ 19 :46- 19:55 Here in Mililani, Castle and Cookle says it began building subdivision in 1968 at a rate of 400 a year so thousands of homes in this neighborhood stand to be affected" Neighborhoods from Kaimuki to Hawaii Kai to Kaneohe could potentially get stuck in the red tape unless something changes soon. The city has convened a special task force to meet Friday to discuss the problem. And Representative Ryan Yamane is considering a bill to try and clarify the law, SHPD says it processes about a thousand reviews a month. The dilemma is everything old, isn't necessarily historic. And soon many post statehood era tract homes may be subject to the law. The city told KITV that last year there were some 52 thousand homes that hit fifty year mark. Menor's office believes that number is now more around 70 thousand.