Author: Rob Weltman

County Department of Planning Reports to Council on Plan Implementation

The County of Maui Department of Planning is required to report annually to the Maui County Council on progress in implementation of the Maui County Community Plans, the Countywide Policy Plan, and the Maui Island Plan. Collectively these plans are called the General Plan. Despite this requirement, no such report was submitted prior to 2016. Will Spence delivered the first reports to the Council on March 31 this year, and they were reviewed in Council on August 18. Many of the items in the plans are very specific decisions by the Community while some may be considered guidelines. In 2012, the Department proposed creating a Plan Implementation Division; the division was created in 2015. It is headed by Kathleen Aoki and it also includes a GIS person and a staff person. Will said that so far the division has mostly been working on writing reports. The current report has been in progress for several years. There are 1015 total implementing actions in all of the plans, with an additional 73 sub-actions. To prepare the report, the division requested surveys from various departments to identify each action as green (complete), yellow (started but not complete), or red (not started). For the Maui Island Plan, the numbers are: 44 green, 148 yellow, 131 red For all the nine Community Plans together, the numbers are: 151 green, 246 yellow, 222 red The...

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A Visit to the Kihei Wastewater Treatment Plant

                        Much of the discussion the past year around water quality at Cove Park has revolved around the pathways and content of the injection well water: how much reaches the ocean and where, what is the nutrient (nitrogen) content at that point? Tom said that the plant already applies aerobic and anaerobic treatment beyond what is required by law to reduce the amount of nutrients, but no studies have been done (unlike at Lahaina) to trace the paths of the water to the sea. Tom said the South Maui Treatment facility is following the requirements placed on the Lahaina Treatment Plant by the EPA to be ahead of the curve.  The South Maui facility is inspected by the Department of Health on a yearly basis. Maui County is the only County that requires the use of R1 water if property is adjacent to the R1 wastewater lines.  The property owners pay less than one third the cost of potable water for irrigation with R1 water. There have been proposals to use some or all of the unused R1 water for the Wailea golf courses but it was considered too expensive for the county to build the pipelines. Hopefully construction of the pipelines will be a condition for future construction in Wailea (Wailea 670?). What would it take to...

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Sidewalks needed for South Kihei Road

For well over a quarter century, KCA has been advocating for a pedestrian and cyclist friendly community. Our Community Plan- see http://maui-communities.weebly.com/kihei–makena-south-maui.html is riddled with verbiage concerning this, going back to last century.  Last year KCA, led by our Director Linda Berry, began communication with Public Works Deputy Director Rowena Dagdag-Andaya about this community need. The helpful Director advised that there was a line item specific to sidewalks island wide, suggesting KCA offer some priority for determining more exacting locations of greatest need. Thus, these could be considered for potential inclusion for these funds. Linda formed a small action team to take this on, and they have completed a professional document, outlining sidewalks needed for safety along a dangerous section of South Kihei Road. See the PDF document below. KCA has submitted this to the DPW and to our councilor, Don Couch, so that this proposal can be brought up and moved forward for funding in County Council. If you think this is needed, remember KCA has no power to get this done, but your Council-member does. Reach out to Don at 270-7108 or email don.couch@mauicounty.us Download (PDF,...

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Next Community Meeting

March 19, 2019

6:30 To 8:00 at Saint Theresa Church at 25 West Lipoa Street.

What can we expect in new transportation options in South Maui? How about a North-South Collector Road to offload from Piilani Highway and South Kihei Road? Lauren Armstrong (Executive Director of the Metropolitan Planning Organization) will talk about what is in the works.

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