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Limits on Kauai growth approved

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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Comment balloon 7 commentsRichard T. Dolbeare • November 13 2008 12:04AM

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Hi Richard, great coverage on the new law. What a dream place to live and work - The Islands that is! Never been to Kauai but a few visits to Oahu in my younger years and a few later trips to Maui, so I imaing Kauai is as beautiful. 

 

Posted by Teresa Berry about 10 years ago

Hi Teresa - Perhaps you should come visit!  Now is a great time as the crowds are gone.

Aloha, Richard

Posted by Richard T. Dolbeare, R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist (Keller Williams Realty Maui) about 10 years ago

Hi Richard, Thanks for the info.  I envy you for living in such a beautiful place!

Posted by Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate, Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast (M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.) about 10 years ago

Hi Sandy - You live in a wonderful place as well.  I once interviewed for a job there and as part of that spent some time looking at homes.  I was amazed at how reasonable prices were back then (1980's).  The job fell through and I stayed in Maryland until 4 years ago.

Aloha,  Richard

Posted by Richard T. Dolbeare, R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist (Keller Williams Realty Maui) about 10 years ago

Richard,

How can they limit the growth of free enterprise? I've never really understood this, since this is probably where most of your money comes from in the government. What an interesting proposal by your citizens, but is it legal? (6-3)

Todd Clark, Helping Families Home - www.IFoundYourNewHome.com

 

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) about 10 years ago

Todd - Legality of such measures is often challenged in court and frequently they are overturned.  The county has some pretty stiff legal bills to pay.  Of course it takes someone with deep pockets and a single individual usually does not have the financial resources.

Posted by Richard T. Dolbeare, R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist (Keller Williams Realty Maui) about 10 years ago

Well let us hope for freedom of business, someone has the deep pockets or your own property taxes maybe going up to pay the difference.

Todd Clark, Helping Families Home - www.IFoundYourNewHome.com

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) about 10 years ago

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