by | Jul 12, 2017 | Development, Environment, Government, News Flash | 0 comments


7/11/17 #kihei
We commend the County Planning Department for two actions:  
First the decision to relocate the Planning Commission meeting today from the usual close quarters to the roomy Cameron Center Auditorium to accommodate the expected (but not realized) large turnout.  The other is a sharing of information beyond the bare bones legally required agenda on the county website. By clicking on what is called an “Unofficial Agenda with Hyperlinks to Documents”, anyone interested in an item can see all the data available, without a trip to the Department and having to examine everything there.

We mention this feature as there was misinformation about the first item, C-1 Hawaii Materials Recycling LLC project in Kihei mauka of the highway, certainly expected to be the simpler of the two the items on which we testified. Concerned residents could easily have ascertained facts on the proposal instead of hearsay; for that matter, they could have checked this Website. All in all the Commission voted to defer the decision until the next meeting (7/25/17) due to professed lack of commissioners present (7 of 9). With 5 required to approve any motion, several votes resulted in 3-3 deadlocks. Chair declined to vote as her vote would not result in any action. Some history on the project here.

As you might expect, the second item, which brought in the majority of the crowd, ATC Makena Holdings request for an SMA permit was much more complex. The 300 pages of documents do NOT include the voluminous Environmental Assessment (EA) document, which was approved and of course challenge from the lawsuit filed in response to that decision.

It was revealed that a complex settlement was reached without a judicial decision. KCA supported that settlement, as we believe it was a reasonable compromise to include such items as

  • low range affordable housing in perpetuity right there in Makena
  • more open view plains with three fewer condo buildings along the road
  • preserving twice as many archeological sites as previously proposed
  • fewer overall buildings in the entire development by establishing a limit to plans for the entire area
  • required shuttles for residents and the community
  • more parking at Makena Landing

and more, as we could not possibly capture all the details.

The commissioners decided to approve the request for the SMA permit unanimously.

Look for the professional report in the Maui News by Colleen Uechi & a meeting video on Akaku Channel 53.





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Next Community Meeting

Tuesday, May 21
6:30 pm

ProArts Playhouse, Azeka Makai
1280 S. Kihei Road

Pacific Disaster Center, Kihei

Dr. Erin Hughey, Director of Global Operations

Pacific Disaster Center (PDC Global) is an applied research center managed by the University of Hawaii that supports the most demanding governmental and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) worldwide in helping to create a safer, more disaster resilient world. For more than 25 years, we’ve helped our partners enhance disaster management capacity, save lives, and reduce disaster losses through the application of our advanced tools and technologies, evidence-based research, and analytical information.

As always, we will be collecting donations for the MAUI FOOD BANK.  They can stretch a dollar like no one else so checks sealed in envelopes are also welcome.

KCA's Priorities 2024

  • Fire prevention
    Working with agencies, landowners, and the community to form a Fire Prevention Task force for South Maui and pass along requests and recommendations between that group and the community
  • Flooding mitigation
    Working with Public Works, upcountry landowners, and flood control experts to reduce the risk of flooding in South Maui
  • North-South Collector Road
    Advocating the completion of the next segments of the North-South Collector Road between Waipuilani and Kaonoulu
  • WasteWater Initiatives
    Supporting efforts to speed the replacement of cesspools in Maui Meadows with clean water alternatives and advocating for identification and treatment of pollution from failing pipes at major hotels and condo developments
  • Healthy Living through Smart Growth
    Supporting efforts to make Kihei a walkable, bike able community with sidewalk and bikeway connectivity throughout, especially to all our schools including the new Kūlanihāko‘i High School. Supporting the implementation of the revised South Maui Community Plan and the values it espouses
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The objects and purposes of the corporation shall be to encourage, promote and aid in developing, improving and maintaining the area of Kihei, Island and County of Maui, as a desirable residential community; to develop unified community spirit; to do any and all things to promote the health, safety and welfare of residents within the Kihei area; to encourage recreation and service programs, and programs to enhance social life and community welfare within the Kihei area; to promote better understanding and fellowship among its members, their families and all residents of the Kihei area.

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