PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING ON MAKENA RESORT WAS A HOT ONE WITH NO CONCLUSION

Numerous Public Testifiers materialize in Planning Room way before 9:00 AM commencement

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1/10/17 This morning your Community Association voiced the community’s concerns and opinions about ATC Makena Holdings request for a final determination on their Environment Assessment (EA) .We were at the half way point of 60+ public testifiers for the morning session, & interestingly found we served as a near dividing line of positions. While the very first testifier was professional planner & county employee, Jeffery Dach, who took a vacation day to stand up as an individual in opposition, almost all of next 20 who immediately followed him(the earliest arrivals) were in support. Many advised they were employees of the developing entities or worked in construction industry.  The next wave began calling for a full EIS (as KCA did). Of further interest was yet another County planner who was not representing the department at this hearing, shoreline expert Jim Buika spoke unfavorably of granting approval. At lunch break when testimony closed for “early” testimony – before developers’ presentations- we had the opposed voices slightly in majority.

As we were unable to spend the afternoon we could not offer first hand witness to the remaining process, but through networking, we can report Commission deferred any action. Look for Maui News report for details.

 

 

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2 Responses to “PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING ON MAKENA RESORT WAS A HOT ONE WITH NO CONCLUSION”

  1. Although it may seem burdensome that development takes so long on Maui, ultimately it’s in the interest of SMART long-term growth. Maui is a one-of-a-kind location and, yes, it could be developed for short-term gains, but ultimately we are all best served by deliberate and well-thought out plans for growth. Maui No Kai Oi.

  2. We certainly agree. Do you know anyone who does think Maui is unique? Should it not be treated in a very careful manner? We see example of harm in the past when is was not, and we learn from this.