June 29, 2021, 6:59 p.m. HST
A bill to lower the cap on short-term rental permits in Maui from 328 to 259 and to set a cap of 19 in LÄnaÊ»i will be considered by the Planning and Sustainable Land Use Committee Thursday at 9 am.
Board member Tamara Paltin made the announcement saying that the board launched the legislation on March 13, 2020, passing resolution 20-27 that she introduced, calling for a review of the caps proposed by the planning commissions of LÄna’i and Maui. Paltin said the planning department provided the commissions’ comments in a 149-page letter to the council on September 30.
Paltin said the pandemic has also had an impact on the county’s housing market, with median single-family home selling prices jumping nearly 30% in the past year.
âRising housing costs have forced many residents to relocate to the mainland,â said Paltin, who is in his second term and serves as the West Maui residential area council seat. âPersonally, I have experienced the loss of immediate family members who left for more affordable options. “
âReducing the number of short-term rental units will open up more long-term options for residents. “
Paltin said the most significant changes in the bill would be to reduce the number of short-term housing rental permits allowed in Wailuku-Kahului from 36 to six and Makawao-Pukalani-Kula from 40 to 12. The new ceilings would correspond to the number of existing dwellings. permits for both areas, she said.
Short-term rental homes are defined in Chapter 19.65 of the Maui County Code as vacation rentals in areas where zoning does not permit hotels and where the operator does not reside on the property.
Members of the public can view the meeting on Akaku Channel 53 or testify via the video conference link or phone number listed on the meeting agenda at MauiCounty.us/agendas.
In addition to receiving evidence by telephone or videoconference, the committee will accept written evidence. For instructions on submitting a written testimonial, please visit http://MauiCounty.us/ecomment/.