Controversial Nani Loa Condo Project back before Planning Commission

UPDATE  2/22/16 Maui News article on this meeting tomorrow morning:

Proposed condo-hotel to be discussed

Maui Planning Commission meeting Tuesday

February 22, 2016
The Maui News

Kihei Kai Nani residents are asking the Maui Planning Commission to grant them intervenor status and to hold a contested case proceeding for Victory Development’s proposed $13 million, 39-unit Nani Loa condominium-hotel.

The residents’ request is on the commission’s agenda Tuesday. Also on the agenda for the meeting beginning at 9 a.m. in the Planning Department Conference Room is a public hearing for the developer’s request for a community plan amendment and a special management area permit.

The condo-hotel project is on 1.4 acres mauka of the Kihei Kai Nani vacation resort and Kamaole Beach Park II on South Kihei Road. The area is known as the “Kamaole Superblock” and contains other vacation condominium properties.

In November, planning commission members voted 5-3 to grant the Victory project a finding of no significant impact on the developer’s final environmental assessment, although some commissioners said that they had concerns about drainage and traffic.

Vehicle access to the proposed development would be through an easement along Kihei Kai Nani’s access way from South Kihei Road, according to project documents. Plans call for 11 units in a three-story building and 28 units in a four-story building. Eighty-three parking spaces would be on site and common areas would include a pool, spa, a covered recreation area, a barbecue, an exercise room and landscaping.

According to the residents’ petition to intervene, filed by attorneys Tom Pierce and Peter Martin, the Kihei Kai Nani parking lot was placed in the path of an existing mauka-makai drainageway, and the “parking lot floods, sometimes severely, when there are significant rain events.”

Over the years, the problem has worsened as there’s been more mauka development, the residents say in their petition.

Their petition also says that the project would bring increased traffic, more flooding, nearshore coral degradation and the loss of affordable housing opportunities.

Meanwhile, the residents also are challenging the commission’s finding of no significant impact in 2nd Circuit Court. It maintains that the project’s environmental assessment was inadequate. The complaint was filed Jan. 6.

 

Victory Development’s Nani Loa Condo project in S Kihei is now seeking a SMA permit as well as a KMCP amendment this Tuesday (2/23/16 at 9 AM). To date, in spite of much community opposition, SEE http://gokihei.org/?s=Nani+Loa&submit=Search, county government is allowing all requests to this point. First up this Tuesday we will hear how the Commission feels about traffic, daainage, water source and other items

Apparently some in the neighborhood have hired legal representation to address the Commissioners , which is a separate item on Tuesday’s Agenda

SEE http://www.mauicounty.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/21275.

KCA again plans to be there to testify

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