Council to discuss smoking, homestays

LIHUE — Bills covering smoking in a motor vehicle, homestays and vending on county-owned property are slated to go before the Kauai County Council on Wednesday.

Bill No. 2609 aims to “identify an enforceable definition” of homestays and “processing parameters under which homestay operations can be permitted with a use permit.” It is up for second reading.

Homestays are regulated through the use permit process, according to the bill.

The bill was introduced by Councilman Mason Chock on Dec. 2, and was unanimously passed on first reading that same day.

According to the bill, the council recognized the need to “develop a clear policy regarding B&B’s and vacation rentals.”

Under the proposed bill, the Planning Department will complete applications on a first-come, first-serve basis.

A bill that would amend Section 22-8.2, which prohibits smoking in certain areas, will be considered by the council.

The proposed bill, No. 2629, will prohibit smoking in a motor vehicle, “whenever occupied by a person less than 18.”

Chock introduced the amendment to the section, which prohibits smoking in elevators, museums, libraries, galleries, schools and other designated public places.

Also up for discussion is a bill that aims to “clarify the process and responsibilities for the permitting of vending on county-owned property.”

The proposed bill, No. 2628, was introduced by Councilman Ross Kagawa.

According to the bill, the council “finds that under certain circumstances, vending on public property can have a benefit to economic development of our County and can provide for the revitalization of historic towns.”

The meeting in the Historic County Building starts at 8:30 a.m.

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