On August 13, the state Land Use Commission voted to grant Hawaiʻi County’s petition for a declaratory ruling that short-term vacation rentals are not allowed for dwellings in the state Agricultural District. In so doing, it agreed with the county’s position that the state law on agricultural tourism allows short-term overnight stays only in a county “that includes at least three islands” (i.e., Maui County). And even then, the overnight activities must “co-exist with a bona fide agricultural activity.”
Exactly one week later, the Hawaiʻi County Leeward Planning Commission . . .
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