Bill’s height restrictions for hotels need to be lower
A Jan. 26 article stated that a bill to address height restrictions in hotel districts is moving to a final reading by the full council. I wish The Maui News had stated what the bill contains.
The restrictions will limit heights to 160 feet. The present 12-story limit will be eliminated. This could result in a 16-story buildings, 160 feet tall.
Presently, the tallest hotel (Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa) is less than 150 feet tall and 12 stories. So the new restrictions will allow hotels to be higher than the tallest we presently have.
I urge the council to amend this proposed bill to limit hotels to 12 stories and a maximum height of 140 feet.