KCA and much of the community weigh in on Maui Island Plan to no avail

UPDATE: KCA spoke (and wrote) to the County Council’s General Plan Committee, as did numerous individuals from the community, but for the most part the Committee voted against almost all points that KCA  supported. The General Plan Committee added the mauka Makena 390 acre lot back into the Urban Growth Boundary, as well as approving 2 large projects in North Kihei mauka of the Piilani Highway with 2,750 units (1,250 in the R&T Park and 1,500 in Kihei Mauka). (The R&T park is going to submit its Draft EIS in 2 weeks on June 23.) The GPAC had turned down the Makena 390 acres project and included only 1,000 units. mauka of Piilani highway, as all that was necessary. Councilmembers Elle Cochran, Riki Hokama and Don Couch voted against the Makena increase. The following 6  Councilmembers voted for ALL the increases: Gladys Baisa, Mike Victorino, Joe Pontanilla, Danny Mateo, Bob Carroll, + Mike White.

 See Maui News 6/6/12 for professional report: http://www.mauinews.com/page/content.detail/id/561776/Panel-OKs-Makena-acreage-for-growth.html?nav=10


UPDATE; KCA offered additional testimony to the Committee  yesterday morning  (6/4/12) on Kihei and Makena. The Committee  finalized decisions on our area today (6/5/12) beginning at 9:00 AM.

As the clock struck 9:00 AM this morning (5/29/12) in the Maui County Council Chambers for the scheduled start of the General Plan Committee’s hearing regarding South Maui’s section of the Maui Island Plan, much of the chamber was full with concerned community residents. However the nine seats reserved for the committee members remained empty. One by one Council members began appearing until a quorum was reached so the meeting could be gaveled in by Chair Gladys Baisa, although only six of the nine members would participate this morning.

KCA was well represented, led by Greg Strafford, who offered the official KCA testimony, but two other KCA BOD members testified as concerned residents, as did several KCA committee members. Numerous other individuals, and those speaking for community organizations, included support for KCA’s position on the Island Plan, as testimony stretched beyond noon, with two testifiers held over to close out public input when the hearing resumed at 2:00 PM,  before deliberations and discussions by committee members commenced. Look for detailed report in 5/30/12 Maui News.

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5 Responses to “KCA and much of the community weigh in on Maui Island Plan to no avail”

  1. Great work and thanks to all of those who made the trek from Kihei into Wailuku to testify. Much thanks for everyone’s heartfelt commitment to South Maui.

  2. Does the fact that our schools are already overcrowded and inadequately designed ever come up when discussing new development? Kihei High School would be a great help(if it ever happens) but Kihei Elementary has 9 kindergarten classes at last count I believe. That facility is busting at the seams. In many other places in the world developers would be on the hook for addressing essential needs for communities affected i.e. new schools, infrastructure, etc.

  3. Since the CC committee spent so much time on Puunene in two meetings 5/29 & 5/30, Monday June 4 affords another opportunity for community input, as they will focus directly on Kihei and Makena. You can do it orally in person or written via email.

  4. Andrew Beerer June 1, 2012 at 10:58 am

    To MauiHoosier, may I offer my humble opinion that during these General Plan hearings held by County Council there really is not any discussion on education facilities or overall infrastructure needs. Which is a shame. Educational facilities are rarely discussed at all by the County Council at any time, as all public education facilities needs fall under State of Hawaii Department of Education jurisdiction. When putting new housing units online, developers do usually pay a small education assessment fee which again goes to the state DOE. In other cases of large developments, a developer may be required to provide a facility (see Kehalani Elem. as an example) as a condition of their permits to build said large development. I agree that at the County level we are not in touch with education, and we do not require enough general infrastructure improvements before we allow development. We need local school boards and better on-island representation. Many times on Maui our best ally is our Board of Education rep. but this is a politically appointed volunteer position – and that’s a lot of weight for a volunteer to carry. The system needs rethinking.

  5. On June 5TH the General Plan Committee voted to approve the current county planning director’s proposal to INCLUDE (not add back) the 390 acres of Mauka Makena Resort Lands within the urban growth line.

    Both the General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC) and the Maui Planning Commission, as part of their review of the Maui Island Plan, rejected past proposals by the owners to include the Makena Resort Mauka Lands within the growth boundaries feeling that they were not needed to help the Kihei-Makena Region meet its fair allocated share of anticipated residential unit demand. KCA concurred with these two citizen boards and recommended against including the 390 acres in the urban growth boundary. Despite the fact that Makena Resort has thousands of already fully entitled, but not yet built units, the General Plan Committee voted 6 to 3 to include the 390 acres in the urban growth boundary. The reasons why they voted to do so, despite strong community opposition, is unclear.

    The 390 acres are currently classified as State Agricultural Lands. The northern portion of the 390 acres includes rare and endangered native dry land forest habitat.