Bill on home-based businesses to be reviewed by panel

A bill to permit and regulate home-based businesses in Maui County will be reviewed Thursday morning by the Maui County Council’s Planning Committee in the eighth-floor Council Chambers of the Kalana O Maui building.

According to the agenda for the 9 a.m. meeting, the measure would:

* Establish standards and restrictions for the regulation of home-based businesses.

* Set up such a business as a permitted use in residential, rural and agricultural zoned areas.

* Classify home-based businesses as commercial property for property tax purposes.

“I want to encourage entrepreneurship and support residents who want to earn a living from home,” committee Chairman Don Couch said. “However, we need to address what constitutes a ‘nuisance’ potentially impacting community character and quality of life for neighbors.”

He said he hopes committee members will agree on allowable types of home-based businesses and appropriate regulations.

“The bill provides that repair of automobiles and other vehicles with combustion engines shall be restricted to no more than two at a time,” said Couch, who introduced the bill two years ago. “It restricts hours of operation and limits customers to two at any given time.”

The measure had been on hold while the council awaited comments from the Maui, Molokai and Lanai planning commissions.

The Maui Planning Commission called for prohibiting automobile repairs and deleting restrictions on floor areas, retailing and deliveries. The Molokai and Lanai commissions wanted their islands exempted from the legislation.

The committee’s agenda and the bill can be found at Email may be sent to the panel at