By almost a 2:1 margin, Kauai voters approved a Counter Charter amendment that was placed on the ballot through a citizens' petition. The new law which takes effect on December 4 puts limits on new transient accommodation units (hotels, timeshares, and vacation rentals). The growth in these units are required to be in compliance with the General Plan which was completed in 2000. According to the Garden Island newspaper, that plan recommends yearly increases not to exceed 1.5%.
How it will be implemented is the big unknown. Decisions must be made as to which permitting requests are approved and which are denied. Will this be "first come-first served", those deemed to be most desirable, those providing the most benefits to the island, or what? The organization weilding this power will apparently be either tbe the Kauai County Council or the Planning Commission.
The next update to the General Plan is required in 2010 and of course this new law and the new General Plan will go hand in hand.
A much more extensive article on this new law is available from the Garden Island newspaper and is located HERE.
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