For Immediate Release:

Maui Tomorrow Foundation, Inc., South Maui Citizens for Responsible Growth, and Kihei resident Daniel Kanahele have filed motions before the State Land Use Commission and Maui County Board of Variance and Appeals regarding a large land parcel at the intersection of Pi’ilani Highway and Kaonoulu Street in Kihei.

This legal action follows recent plans by Eclipse Development to convert 68 acres at the site into two mega malls describe by the Irvine, California company as “the largest outlet malls in the state.” The community groups’ legal action is to enforce the provisions of a Hawaii Land Use Commission Order dated February 10, 1995, along with provisions of the Kihei-Makena Community Plan enacted into law in 1998 and M-1 Light Industrial zoning attached to the property, the former Kaonoulu Ranch, by the County of Maui in 1999.

Plans for the two projects, Pi’ilani Promenade and Kihei Outlet Mall, show 700,000 square feet of retail space coupled with acres of asphalt parking lots bringing significant hardscape above a part of Kihei prone to severe flooding.

This mega-shopping complex will, according to the developers, be situated at “the largest intersection on the Island.”  Traffic onPi’ilani Highwaywill be severely affected yet the only traffic study required was done 18 years ago for a light industrial park.

The large commercial project does not comply with lawful conditions imposed on the site by the State Land Use Commission.  One such condition, requiring a frontage road for the project, does not appear on current plans and there is no attempt to make the project walkable or bikeable or to connect the retail centers with other uses mauka of the highway, including the proposed Kihei High School.

Maui Tomorrow’s executive director, Irene Bowie, states, “The Kihei-Makena Community Plan does not support the development and the community is frustrated because Eclipse Development has so far refused to engage in any public discussion of the shopping complex.  We therefore feel that filing these legal actions is our only option to force a public hearing and demand an updated traffic study.”

MOTION FOR A HEARING, ISSUANCE OF ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE, STATE LAND USE COMMISSION

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NOTICE OF APPEAL AND REQUEST FOR CONTESTED CASE, BOARD OF VARIANCES AND APPEALS

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