Hawaii County publishes draft of short-term rental rules

Hawaii County publishes draft of short-term rental rules
Hawaii Island (HNN)

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - The Hawaii County planning department has published an updated draft of rules for short-term vacation rentals.

West Hawaii Today reported Monday that the list of regulations published by county planners on the Big Island could end up being the long-awaited final draft.

Officials say the proposal will be presented in a public hearing scheduled for April 2 at the Aupuni Center in Hilo.

The bill to establish the vacation rental ordinance has gone through several years of county council meetings, planning commissions and eight drafts on its way to being finalized.

The newspaper says the most notable change is the removal of language requiring the county planning director to help restore the number of vacation rentals if a significant amount of units are lost during a declared emergency.

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