Zoning Changes at Kihei Rock Crushing mauka Pi’ilani Highway approved by County

UPDATE: As reported in todays (5/25/12) Maui News, http://mauinews.com/page/content.detail/id/561426/County—In-Brief.html ,The County Planning Commission approved a requested land use change in Kihei mauka of Pi’ilani Highway from the present Agricultural to Urban and Heavy Industrial.

UPDATE:County  Planning Commission hearing on request for zoning changes was this morning, Tuesday 5/22/12 at 9 AM. http://www.co.maui.hi.us/archives/85/052212.age.pdf KCA testified against the proposed zoning and land use changes, seeminly to no avail, as we await decision from the Commission. If approved, the request for changes from Ag to Urban Industrial will move onto the County Council for a decision. Stay tuned.

The KCA Planning committee met with three entities on Tuesday (5/8/12) to discuss their proposed changes to zoning and land use designation for this 33 year old industrial facility. Blanca Lafollette of Pacific Rim Land, Ken Gift of Goodfellow Brothers and Mich Hirano of Munekiyo and Hiraga presented the history of Kihei Rock Crushing on E Welakahao, adjacent to the County waste water facility and their reason for a request to make the land designation changes from Agricultural to Urban and Industrial, although they stated they plan no changes to the operation.  KCA will advise them our opinion after committee discussion.

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4 Responses to “Zoning Changes at Kihei Rock Crushing mauka Pi’ilani Highway approved by County”

  1. What’s to keep this site from becoming another Pi’ilani Promenade?

  2. It’s Final Environmental Assessment says the applicant has no plans to change its existing use.

    It gets rezoned to industrial…

    Then it develops in a few years into 100% commercial retail!

    A developer’s dream!!!

  3. I have to agree with Anonymous. Another shopping mall is in the works! Surprise!!

  4. be@taotoearthpmpubs.com June 12, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    One concern with the Rock Crushing facility would be” should its production use be amped up, what is the plan for toxic waste? Is it kept on site. Is there a silting basin to keep any run off from impacting drainage easements that run makai and could create toxic lands, streams, and ocean toxicity affecting human health, plants, marine life?

    Not sure if an EIS was ever required or would be required with land use change OR, if use was amped up with all the buiding proposed mauka of the Piilani Hwy, would are the requirements. Seems like makai of the Piilani Hwy needs equal protection afforded by moving the SMA requirements to the top of the growth boundary for Kihei.