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Friday, April 13, 2012
SB2341: Would Allow Overnight Accommodations on Maui Ag Land
By Video @ 7:51 PM :: 6818 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

Rep. Cynthia Thielen addresses SB2341 - Zoning; Agricultural Tourism

SB2341 HD2 - RELATING TO LAND USE. Report Title: Zoning; Agricultural Tourism Description: Repeals the prohibition on ordinances that allow overnight accommodations in agricultural districts. Authorizes agricultural tourism activities, including overnight accommodations of twenty-one days or less, within a county with a population greater than one hundred thousand people, but less than one hundred fifty thousand people; provided that the county has adopted ordinances regulating agricultural tourism. Effective July 1, 2112.

The purpose of this bill is to repeal the prohibition on ordinances that allow overnight accommodations in agricultural districts. The bill authorizes agricultural tourism activities, including overnight accommodations of 21 days or less, within a county with a population greater than 100,000 people, but less than 150,000 people; provided that the county has adopted ordinances regulating agricultural tourism. Effective July 1, 2112.

DOA (Department of Agriculture) concerned that overnight accommodations would dramatically alter concept of agricultural tourism as originally intended and could cause agricultural tourism to be primary, rather than secondary, land use.
 
Office of the Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu: concern that there is the potential to transform much of the agricultural district, particularly the scenic regions, into a "vacation rental district," as there may be more profit from tourism than agriculture. It will also increase the value/price of the land. While this bill is for Maui, the Office has concerns about it setting a precedent for other islands. Also, Oahu imports food from neighbor islands and therefore impacts supply on Oahu. This is a Pandora's box; more study needed. Sierra Club: Special Use Permits can currently be done; recommends sunset clause if passes. These permits are more protective, on a case-by-case basis.

Contact: repthielen@capitol.hawaii.gov Excerpt from Capitol TV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejrzDGqeaQs
Rep Thielen address SB 2341 2nd time - Zoning; Agricultural Tourism: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1JqCdC5ZSk
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