January 28, 2022

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Maui Council Refers Invoice 60 to Committee Relating to “Hotel Building Moratorium”

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West Maui shoreline. File photo by Wendy Osher.

The Maui County Council these days decided to refer Invoice 60, the proposed lodge design moratorium monthly bill, to the Planning and Sustainable Land Use Committee.

Mayor Victorino issued a assertion currently stating:

“I share the community’s problems about the route of tourism in the County of Maui and I deeply take pleasure in the Maui County Council’s function on Monthly bill 60. Having said that, it would be ineffective in transforming our hospitality industry to be additional suitable with the requirements of our local community and natural setting. 

“By performing with each other, I am assured we can acquire a complete program to manage the enlargement of all transient lodging, especially people creeping into our household neighborhoods. My administration appears to be ahead to working with the Maui County Council and all stakeholders to create a additional thoughtful plan for running tourism.”

The evaluate was released by Councilmember Kelly Takaya King of South Maui, and was vetoed by Maui Mayor Michael Victorino on July 20, 2021. According to Mayor Victorino, the Council’s veto override unsuccessful to pass, and the measure was referred to committee.

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Under Bill 60, the council sought to impose interim limitations on new customer accommodations to make it possible for the County time to put into practice critical plan motion merchandise relating to customer field effect on the County’s ecosystem and get the job done in direction of resilience.

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The Mayor’s administration preserved that Bill 60 would not alleviate crowds at Kahului Airport, minimize site visitors on Maui’s roadways, or remedy the difficulty of transient trip rentals working in neighborhoods but instead, simply restrict the selection of visitor lodging in West and South Maui for the up coming 5-10 several years.

In defending the monthly bill from the mayor’s veto two weeks ago, King had stated, “We have read that we are on our way to better managed tourism for years when minor really serious motion adopted, visitor quantities skyrocketed, and the high quality of daily life and our one of a kind environmental means carry on to erode. The moratorium pauses visitor lodging construction, addresses the damage people are sensation, and provides stakeholders an opportunity to build remedies with out simultaneously building items worse,” claimed King.

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