News Flash: County Council's final version of the Maui Island Plan retains tightly drawn Urban Growth Boundary around Ma'alaea...
Next up will be the review and revisions of the Kihei-Makena Community Plan, which includes Ma'alaea. This plan still retains Project Districts 11 and 12 which, if developed, would urbanize Ma'alaea, adding to traffic gridlock already occurring when the pali is shut down due to accidents, fires, etc. More on the unfolding community plan process at upcoming MCA meetings.
Maui Island Plan and Ma'alaea Map Info: Click on Projects Tab
Mark your calendars for MCA's NEXT MEETING:
May 4th, 2013
Saturday, 9:00 a.m.
*Ma'alaea Harbor Shops
Harbor Improvement Update
Guest: Harbormaster Stacy Masuda (or representative)
Other Agenda Topics:
Development parcel next to Ma'alaea Mermaid: What should go there?
In the News:
Special Response Vehicle Paramedic Unit proposed for Ma'alaea. Senator Roz Baker has introduced SB498, which is making its way through the legislature. If given final approval, a unit would be established in Ma'alaea to provide first response in case of medical emergency both for Ma'alaea and as backup support to Central, West and South Maui.
2013 Memberships due now:
Join Us! We need your participation, support and input!
Special thanks to all those who sent in 2012 memberships, supported the maintenance of Orm's Corner and contributed to the legal fund.
It's time to send in your 2013 membership dues and include a contribution to Ma'alaea Gateway/Orm's Corner and the Special Projects Fund. Earmark your check and the amount you wish to contribute to these important MCA projects.
MCA needs YOU!!!
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See Under President's Report for Summary of 2012 Activities.
See Below for Archived Announcements:
Annual 2012 Meeting Recap: MCA extends a warm Mahalo to Glynnis Nakai, Kealia Pond & National Wildlife Refuge, and SPECIAL GUESTS: MAYOR ALAN ARAKAWA, COUNCILMAN DON COUCH, SENATOR ROZ BAKER and REPRESENTATIVE ANGUS MCKELVEY for attending our annual meeting and updating our members on important issues and activities that benefit our community and all of Maui.
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The following businesses/individuals generously supported MCA by donating items to our Silent Auction. Please express your appreciation by saying thank you and whenever possible supporting them in return with your patronage and business!
Senator Roz Baker
Susan Ramos, Nikta Houston (shown above right to left) and Cheryl Hawkins organized the Silent Auction. Many thanks to them and to Lori Hamilton who helped that evening--and especially to everyone who bid on auction items and helped to make the event a success!
Culvert/Cleanup News: Over 75 people turned out on December 3rd to help clean up the Hau'oli Street culvert and adjacent areas. Hundreds of pounds of trash, garbage, large items and piles of brush were removed, thereby preventing further ocean pollution during the next heavy rains. Mahalo nui loa to all who participated, especially Community Workday Program and the Office of the Mayor who made it all possible!
Last Ohana Kai News Update:
FINAL RULING ON OHANA KAI ISSUED BY JUDGE RHONDA LOO
JULY 14TH, 2011
SEE "RECENT TOPICS" LINK BELOW TO READ THE JULY RULING DECLARING THE FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT (FEIS) INVALID. ARTICLE DIRECTLY BELOW DESCRIBES INITIAL RULING IN MARCH:
Judge rules on Ohana Kai
Judge voids final EIS for housing project
Statement didn’t disclose all identifiable impacts — ruling
March 29, 2011 - By HARRY EAGAR, Staff Writer, MAUI NEWS
WAILUKU - In one of his last decisions before retiring, 2nd Circuit Judge Joel August voided the final environmental impact statement for Jesse Spencer's Ohana Kai affordable housing project at Maalaea.
Because the lawyers are disagreeing about some of the language in the court order, it hasn't been signed yet, but the three main points are not in dispute. The judge determined that:
The FEIS was inadequate in addressing the proposed injection wells for the on-site sewage treatment plant.
The study did not adequately address questions related to anticipated increases in salinity as the three wells are pumped more.
Therefore, the FEIS as accepted by the Department of Housing and Human Concerns is void.
In granting partial summary judgment to the Ma'alaea Community Association and Maui Tomorrow Foundation Inc., August found that the final statement did not adequately disclose and describe all identifiable environmental impacts or respond satisfactorily to comments made on the statement; and, therefore, the project is not to be implemented in any form until an amended or supplemental EIS remedies the deficiencies.
The county and the Land Use Commission took no position on the complaint, which was against Spencer's MVI LLC development company.
Spencer proposes to develop a 1,110-unit affordable housing subdivision on 257 acres above Maalaea. He and supporters have said the project would generate badly needed jobs and homes for working families. But opponents have raised concerns about the project's location and impacts on traffic and Maalaea Bay.
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