Maui County Council Planning Committee, on Monday, referred proposed regulations for vacation rentals to the Molokai Planning Commission for approval.
While applicants have complained about the red tape in receiving permits, regulations are already in place. When MoPC Chairman Steve Chaiken saw that new regulations would be coming, he commented that regulations have already been passed by the MoPC.
It was one year ago that Bill, Frances and Christine Feeter received a permit to rent their three-bedroom home in the Puko’o area of east Molokai. In testimony to the MoPC, the Feeters said it took them nine years to receive their permit.
Because of the difficulty in getting a Transient Vacation Rental permit, only 15 have been granted in Maui County since 1998. Besides the Feeters, only Kip Dunbar has received a TVR permit on Molokai.
It is not yet known when the draft rules will come before the MoPC for review. The full Maui County Council is expected to make a referral at its March 18 meeting.
Critics of former Maui County Mayor Charmaine Tavares have said that her crackdown on illegal TVRs in residential areas may have contributed to her failed bid for re-election in November.