While we were unable to attend the State Land Use Commission (LUC) meeting last Thursday (10/17/13) held at the MACC in Kahului, we were able to get a first hand report on the decisions made. On item A10-787 Maui R & T Park, the LUC reclassified 253 acres of agricultural land into the urban land-use classification for the purpose of allowing the Maui Research and Technology Park to expand and to build 1,250 residential units, a 150 bed hotel, and 2,000,000 sq. ft. of office, business, commercial and industrial use. This adds 253 acres of urban land to the Maui Research and Technology Park’s existing 158 urban acres. In addition to an expanded Lipoa Street intersection, there will be two brand new Maui R&T Park intersections on Piilani Highway: one north of Lipoa near the new Kihei High School; and another to the south near the Maui County sewage plant. For maps and info: http://maui-communities.weebly.com/maui-rt-park.html.
For item A13-797, State lands at Pjlehunui (Puunene), the LUC reclassified 86 acres of agricultural land into the urban land-use classification for the purpose of allowing a variety of heavy industrial uses.
Map (area in yellow): http://luc.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/a13797map1.pdf
For additional information of both matters see Saturda’sy (10/19/13) edition of the Maui News.