According to Knabe, the Regional Planning Department has received 65 complaints to date regarding maternity hotels in Rowland Heights and Hacienda Heights.
So-called "maternity hotels" have also been cited for code violations in many other San Gabriel Valley cities in recent months, including Chino Hills and Monterey Park.
"Currently, Maternity Hotels are not defined as a specific use in Title 22 of the Los Angeles County Code (Planning and Zoning Code) and therefore need to be defined and regulated," Knabe's motion reads.
Knabe made a board motion in December asking staff to provide a status update on alleged "birthing tourism" in the area, and staff came back to the board on Jan. 14 with their findings.
In response, Knabe's Jan. 29 motion asks the county counsel to draft a proposed ordinance to define the facilities as a specific use in the county zoning code and "eliminate the use through zoning regulations to ensure the public's health, safety, and welfare."
"Across the United States, the recent trend in `birthing tourism' has led to money-making schemes that put the health and safety of mothers and babies in jeopardy," Knabe said in a statement. "We have had an increase in complaints from neighboring residents, concerned about the well-being of those in these homes, as well as concern about the quality-of-life in residential neighborhoods when these facilities are allowed to operate."
Knabe's motion also asks the county to identify additional funding sources for continued investigations into public complaints with additional Madarin and Cantonese translators.
The Board of Supervisors will vote on the motion at its meeting next week.