It was four years ago when our mayor publicly committed to one mile of sidewalk in North Kihei on South Kihei Road (SKR).
That commitment morphed to less than one mile, and the location of the sidewalk was modified to split between Ohukai Rd. and SKR. Over the four years since, no sidewalk has been constructed. The Department of Public Works (DPW) advised the Planning Department on February 21, 2020 that a segment on Ohukai would be constructed late in 2021, but we see no sign of that.
We received more information this week at the Maui Planning Commission meeting on 4/26/22, as reported in the Maui News. See below and article here: https://www.mauinews.com/news/local-news/2022/04/county-to-handle-improvements-fronting-affordable-project-in-kihei/
After that meeting with stellar assistance from the offices of both Kelly King and Tina Wildberger, we believe the bill in the State Legislature referenced by DPW Director Jordan Molina in the Maui News article is titled SB2764. If we understand the process correctly, if the legislature does not act upon this measure today, it is pau. As of 7 pm no action was indicated on state legislature website. So we infer from the director it will now be five years since that commitment by the mayor before we see any construction of some sidewalk.
Yet either pass or fail at the ledge, this indicates that the county administration’s department never took the necessary action to secure the Special Management Area (SMA) permit to be able to start the process to construct these sidewalk segments four years ago. Apparently there was no consideration or effort made to build any of these sidewalks after all. We find that unacceptable.
County to handle improvements fronting affordable project in North Kihei
Hale Kaiola to have 40 units on corner of Kaiola and Ohukai streets
Maui County will be responsible for building sidewalks and other improvements fronting an affordable housing project in Kihei after the requirement was originally imposed on the developer. The Maui Planning Commission voted Tuesday to remove the condition from a special management area use permit issued for Hale Kaiola, a 40-unit affordable project on the corner of Kaiola and Ohukai streets, as the condition is contrary to what the Maui County Council had approved for the affordable housing project, according to planning department documents. Instead, the Public Works Department will conduct the improvements as had been proposed previously when the Council gave its approval in September 2020. The condition, which also included the option of contributing to the cost of the frontage improvements instead of doing the physical construction, was not modified when the project came before the Planning Commission in November 2020, and therefore approved, department documents show.