(BIVN) – The Hawai‘i County Council Committee on Planning took up Bill 108 on Tuesday, a measure that attempts to get a handle on the short term vacation rentals doing business on the Big Island.
Bill 108, introduced by Kona councilmembers Karen Eoff and Dru Kanuha, “defines where short-term vacation rentals would be allowed, establishes regulations for their use, and provides a way for an owner or operator to obtain a nonconforming use certificate that would allow them to operate in a non-permitted district,” the meeting agenda stated.
Over a hundred island residents signed up to speak at the Kealakehe meeting, as well as Hilo and other remote video conference locations. Testimony was split between those in favor of the bill, those against the bill because it goes too far, and those against the bill because it does not go far enough.
Here is a small sample of the different perspectives shared on Tuesday:
The public testimony went on for hours. Big Island Video News will have more information on the council process. UPDATE: The matter has been held until May 8, 2018.