Commission gives thumbs up on vacation rental bill

  • A standing-room crowd fills Building G, testifying at the Leeward Planning Commission meeting on Bill 108 Thursday at the West Hawaii Civic Center. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • A standing room crowd fills Building G, testifying at the Leeward Planning Commission meeting on Bill 108 Thursday at the West Hawaii Civic Center. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Mayor Harry Kim presents testimony at the Leeward Planning Commission meeting on Bill 108 Thursday at the West Hawaii Civic Center. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Hawaii County Planning Director Michael Yee explains his recommendations at the Leeward Planning Commission meeting on Bill 108 Thursday at the West Hawaii Civic Center. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Rick Thompson, right, testifies with Richard Henderson and Tanya Power waiting their turn at the Leeward Planning Commission meeting on Bill 108 Thursday at the West Hawaii Civic Center. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — After a full morning of public testimony and discussion that went into Thursday afternoon, the Leeward Planning Commission voted to forward to the County Council a favorable recommendation on a vacation rental bill along with some suggestions for changes from the Planning Department and the commission itself.