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

West Maui shoreline. File photograph by Wendy Osher.

The Maui County Council currently made a decision to refer Bill 60, the proposed resort design moratorium monthly bill, to the Setting up and Sustainable Land Use Committee.

Mayor Victorino issued a statement nowadays declaring:

“I share the community’s concerns about the way of tourism in the County of Maui and I deeply value the Maui County Council’s get the job done on Monthly bill 60. However, it would be ineffective in reworking our hospitality field to be additional suitable with the demands of our neighborhood and all-natural setting. 

“By doing the job together, I am self-confident we can produce a thorough system to management the enlargement of all transient accommodations, specifically individuals creeping into our household neighborhoods. My administration appears ahead to doing the job with the Maui County Council and all stakeholders to build a much more considerate prepare for taking care of tourism.”

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

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Under Bill 60, the council sought to impose interim restrictions on new customer accommodations to allow for the County time to implement crucial prepare motion things relating to visitor industry influence on the County’s natural environment and perform to resilience.

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The Mayor’s administration maintained that Invoice 60 would not ease crowds at Kahului Airport, lower site visitors on Maui’s roadways, or remedy the difficulty of transient vacation rentals operating in neighborhoods but instead, only restrict the option of customer lodging in West and South Maui for the upcoming 5-10 years.

In defending the monthly bill from the mayor’s veto two weeks ago, King experienced claimed, “We have heard that we are on our way to much better managed tourism for years though minimal serious motion adopted, visitor figures skyrocketed, and the quality of lifestyle and our distinctive environmental resources go on to erode. The moratorium pauses visitor lodging design, addresses the injury citizens are sensation, and provides stakeholders an prospect to generate solutions without having simultaneously generating matters worse,” claimed King.