Maui County planners approve B&Bs on ag land

In a reversal of its earlier ruling, the Maui County Council's Planning Committee has voted to allow bed-and-breakfasts in agricultural districts.

There are about 1,100 illegal units and several hundred more permitted units operating on Maui, according to Maui officials.

The package of bills still needs full council approval.

Several farmers oppose allowing bed-and-breakfasts on ag land, fearing competition for limited productive land and an increase in property values beyond their means.

Some bed-and-breakfast operators say some of the designated ag lots are not fit to grow anything.

Other farmers say they want to open a bed-and-breakfast to supplement their incomes.

The Planning Committee already redefined bed-and-breakfast operations to allow a property owner with two homes on a single lot to live in one house and rent out the other as a short-term vacation rental.

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