Kihei NOT Eligible for Maui county grant?

Deputy Planning Director Michele McLean advised the Alliance of Maui Community Associations last evening (11/19/12) that the County’s new program to give grants to communities is now available. The total amount for all eligible community is $243 K, which is the amount that would have gone to Wailuku Main Street Association (WMSA) for small town projects, were they in good standing.  However, since Kihei was not in WMSA list of “small towns,”  the administration and County Council decided Kihei would not be able to participate.

The second portion of the meeting was devoted to the Maui Island Plan, and what actions the Alliance would take. Two items were proposed: re-insert the preservation districts (green-ways, green belts, etc) and include a “sunset’ provision regarding proposed developments, in essence, stating a time limit once a development is approved, if commencement does not initiate within a specific time period, the approval of  it is pau, & must begin anew. Each Community Association will vote up or down,  if this will be an official position of the Alliance to be presented to the County Council on November 27,2012.

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2 Responses to “Kihei NOT Eligible for Maui county grant?”

  1. Jeanne Duberstein November 21, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    I am surprised, in light of recent negative reports about the WMSA, that its “list of small towns” would be considered legitimate.

  2. Kihei, is once again the Rodney Dangerfield of Maui communities. South and West Maui are often looked over despite being the major economic generators of the island. According to 2010 census approx. 27k residents in Kahului, 15k in Wailuku, 21k in Kihei, 6k in Wailea, 20k on west side (incl. all Lahaina, Kaanapali, Napili, Kapalua). In this case the “Small town” grant, seems like a very relative and subjective term. Come on County, give us a break… and a full regional park 🙂