Deferred at its last meeting, the Lihu’e, Hawaii, Planning Commission has given approval to a new version of a bill that would curb most commercial camping experiences in non-resort-zoned districts, according to The Garden Island.
The bill will move forward to the Kaua‘i County Council, where it originated back in April, introduced by Councilmember Luke Evslin and council Vice Chair Mason Chock.
The proposed legislation distinguishes between undeveloped and developed campgrounds and the areas in which these uses are allowed.
The bill defines an undeveloped campground as one used by property owners and guests for non-commercial camping. This type of campground would not have permanent structures and not generate revenue.
A developed campground would allow permanent structures and bathrooms, and would need to be designed to be “used, let or rented for temporary commercial occupancy by campers.”
In this new iteration of Bill 2822, developed campgrounds would be limited to the resort zoning district, notably not allowed on commercial or open-zoned spaces, according to Marisa Valenciano of the Planning Department. The commission unanimously approved it at its Tuesday meeting.