Residents at Four Paddle condominium have been complaining to the DPP, Waikiki Neighborhood board, the Mayor and City Council for over 2 years about the Ritz Carlton’s new towers having 4 columns of stairwell lighting which shine directly on residents’ condos every night. Civil Beat wrote a good story which includes the health hazards of direct lighting, and interviews with people involved.
Read the Full Story published by Civil Beat here.
Residents have taken their complaints and pleas for help to California-based developer Jason Grosfeld, chairman and chief executive officer of Irongate; to architect Scott Glass of Guerin Glass; to Ritz-Carlton general manager Doug Chang; to Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, the city’s Department of Permitting and Planning, and to City Council members Trevor Ozawa and Ikaka Anderson.
The underlying question which the DPP has not answered is: Exactly what wording of the zoning ordinance does this lighting agree with?
The zoning ordinance is very clear (see article), and it’s obvious that these 4 columns of stairwell lighting do not comply, since these lights are “not” shielded from shining on adjacent properties. This is just another example of the Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting failing to do its job, and catering to Developers at the community’s peril.