HILO, Hawaii — Big Island officials have paused action on a bill that would regulate vacation rentals following pleas from rental operators to put it aside while the island recovers from the effects of the Kilauea volcano eruption.
West Hawaii Today reports the Hawaii County Council Planning Committee postponed action Monday until July 10 on the measure that aims to prohibit short-term rental properties in residential and agricultural zones.
The proposal would require existing transient vacation rentals outside hotel zones and commercial districts to be grandfathered in by applying for a nonconforming use certificate.
Puna Councilwoman Eileen O’Hara proposed adding language that would allow the planning director to accept applications for new short-term vacation rentals to replace those destroyed by the lava flows.
O’Hara’s amendments were postponed with the bill.
Information from: West Hawaii Today, http://www.westhawaiitoday.com