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Bill for trailer housing seen as flawed

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:54 a.m. HST, May 5, 2011

A proposal to allow Oahu landowners to house homeless people on their properties in house trailers and shipping containers was amended yesterday to apply only to agricultural lands.

The City Council's Zoning Committee voted to move the measure to the full Council, although committee members acknowledged that the bill is flawed and requires more discussion.

Councilman Tom Berg, who authored the resolution to amend land use rules governing temporary shelters, said it was designed to ease Oahu's homeless problem by allowing landowners to house people in temporary shelters.

But Berg amended the resolution yesterday so it now applies only to land zoned for agricultural use.

Berg said the changes would also allow farmers to use portable structures to house farm laborers cheaply.

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