For Immediate Release: January 19, 2023
Press Release by:
Tasha Kama, Council Chair
Maui County Council
Council to meet Jan. 27 to consider bills on residential zoning and Kula Agricultural Park
KAHULUI, Hawaiʻi—Council Chair Tasha Kama announced today that the next Maui County Council meeting is planned for 9 a.m. on Jan. 27—a week later than originally planned—to allow more time for the possibility of the seat for the Wailuku-Waiheʻe-Waikapū residency area to be filled.
The council has only eight members until the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court determines whether to declare a winner for the Wailuku-Waiheʻe-Waikapū residency area seat or order a new election to fill the council’s ninth seat. The court set oral argument in the Ahia v. Lee case for this afternoon.
“My intent is to ensure that our council functions efficiently and makes the best use of time for both our members and the public,” said Kama, who will be presiding at her first regular council meeting since being appointed as chair Jan. 2. “This meeting agenda will include items that are time-sensitive and of high priority as we conclude business from the prior council and begin to chart a path forward in this current term.”
Kama said the Jan. 27 meeting agenda, which will be posted Friday, will include final reading of bills that were introduced and passed on first reading last year: Bill 97, CD1 on residential zoning, Bill 160, CD1 on the Kula Agricultural Park, Bill 206 on conditional permits and Bill 207 on funding from the American Rescue Plan Act.
Kama said the council will also consider former Mayor Michael P. Victorino’s Dec. 30 vetoes of Bill 154, CD1, FD2, requiring a cultural-overlay map, and Bill 103, CD1, FD1, establishing new policies on deed restrictions for workforce housing. Appointment resolutions for the council’s vice-chair and representative to the Hawaiʻi State Association of Counties’ executive committee will also be on the agenda, she said.
Kama said the meeting will adjourn at or before 4:30 p.m. Any items not addressed during the meeting will be postponed and placed on the Feb. 3 council meeting agenda, she noted.
For more information, please visit www.mauicounty.us or contact the Office of Council Services at (808) 270-7838.