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Council weighs bill for country inns

By Rosemarie Bernardo


The City Council is considering amending the North Shore Sustainable Communities Plan to limit future tourist accommodations in Haleiwa and Waialua to one "small country inn" in each community.

The council's Planning Committee yesterday advanced Bill 61, which moves to a second reading by the full Council March 16.

Councilman Ernie Martin, who represents the North Shore, proposed replacing the term "visitor accommodations" with "a small country inn only" in the North Shore plan to limit the proliferation of tourist operations.

In Haleiwa such an inn would be limited to two stories and must "be compatible with the architectural style and character of Haleiwa town," the bill says.

The bill also prohibits amenities and activities such as nightclubs, convention centers and shopping and banquet facilities that full-service resorts often have.

Developer D.G. "Andy" Anderson, who is proposing to build an 80-room "boutique" hotel in Haleiwa, said he has no objections to the bill.

Peter Cole of the Save the Haleiwa Beach Park Coalition, which has opposed Anderson's hotel, said he supports the bill but has reservations about zoning and the lack of official definition of "small country inn."

"If they want to have a hotel with 80 units, they should get resort zoning. If they don't want resort zoning, they shouldn't want a hotel," Cole said.

Martin said "small country inn" would be further defined and other requirements added as the bill proceeds.

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