On Tuesday, Will YOU Ask the County Council to Help Kihei in the Maui Island Plan?

Can you go the County Council this Tuesday?  KCA will offer testimony, but more individuals, the better for our community and area.

 The KCA Planning Committee scheduled a special meeting this afternoon (5/22/12) to discuss preparation of testimony to be delivered to the Maui County Council’s General Plan Committee on Tuesday 5/29/12, 9:00 AM, when our area of the island will be discussed in finalizing the plan.  The meeting was run by co-chair Greg Stratton with strong support from a mostly new group of committee members. We will continue to monitor this process on our website.

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3 Responses to “On Tuesday, Will YOU Ask the County Council to Help Kihei in the Maui Island Plan?”

  1. We’ve got to get serious about building walkable communities in the future. If we don’t outlaw sprawl, developers will keep proposing it, as in Piilani Promenade. Friday’s New York Times has a great article, “Now Coveted: A Walkable, Convenient Place” http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/27/opinion/sunday/now-coveted-a-walkable-convenient-place.html

    “Until the 1990s, exclusive suburban homes that were accessible only by car cost more, per square foot, than other kinds of American housing. Now, however, these suburbs have become overbuilt, and housing values have fallen. Today, the most valuable real estate lies in walkable urban locations. Many of these now pricey places were slums just 30 years ago.”

    “Our research shows that real estate values increase as neighborhoods became more walkable, where everyday needs, including working, can be met by walking, transit or biking. There is a five-step “ladder” of walkability, from least to most walkable. On average, each step up the walkability ladder adds $9 per square foot to annual office rents, $7 per square foot to retail rents, more than $300 per month to apartment rents and nearly $82 per square foot to home values.”

    “In the Denver area, Highlands Ranch, an upscale, master-planned community 20 miles south of downtown, had housing in 1996 that cost on average 21 percent more than housing in Highlands, a troubled neighborhood adjacent to downtown Denver. Today, Highlands has a 67 percent price premium over Highlands Ranch.”

    Here’s the study it’s based on: http://www.brookings.edu/research/papers/2012/05/25-walkable-places-leinberger

  2. Aloha Mike,

    Besides testifying on the Residential Growth Areas for South Maui, I also believe it is very important to testify about our feelings on the PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT on MOKULELE HIGHWAY.

    It is unclear whether any Public Meetings will be scheduled to discuss the HUGE AMOUNT OF DEVELOPMENT being proposed by the State & County for this region. This may be our ONLY CHANCE to share our input, so let’s take advantage of this opportunity to offer our input. It is IMPORTANT for the Council to know the community’s sentiment so they can send a message to the State.

    I encourage those who are interested in learning more about the Maui Island Plan to join our discussion group at http://www.facebook.com/groups/mauiislandplan/

    Thanks,
    Mary

  3. i will be there. thank you!