(BIVN) – A year-long process to create a new law regulating short-term vacation rentals on the Big Island was received final approval of the Hawaiʻi County Council on Tuesday, which passed Bill 108 on final reading with a 6-1 vote. Puna councilwoman Eileen O’Hara was the sole ‘no’ vote.
There were still voices in opposition to the bill. Some feel the regulations do not go far enough to curtail the monster homes that are popping up in certain locations. Others feel the law will stifle an industry that is welcome in places like Puna.
Mayor Harry Kim testified in support of Bill 108 before Tuesday’s vote.
The Hawaiʻi County Planning Department will now have to craft its own rules in order to administer the law. The process is expected to take months.