Breaking News: Court Injunction stops Ma'alaea Plantation Project.
Judge finds that Ma'alaea Community Association and Maui Tomorrow (plaintiffs) have standing to challenge FEA (Final Environmental Assessment) and demand that a full EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) be done for the project.
See press release here for more information.
See Viewpoint column on problems with the project here.
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Next Board of Directors Meeting:
9:00 a.m. Saturday, March 5th, 2016
Details and location to be announced
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CULVERT CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY
Culvert Project Work hours: 8 am - 4:30 pm
Temporary road through the cane field will be in use until at least early December.
MCA had requested that a clearly marked pedestrian walkway be provided along the temporary road; it is in place and available for use.
Heavy truck traffic can be expected through January.
See culvert Plans here:
Photo taken September 1, 2015.
Temporary road with dust fence and cleared site ready for retention basins.
Photo taken September 26th.
Temporary road open to traffic. Road over culvert closed.
Interior of culvert: November 14th
Project Information from Bill Curtis, Project Manager:
"There will be four separate work phases of this project:
Phase 1 - Construct Temporary 24’ Wide Diversion Road about 500’ long - We will relocate a section of Hauoli Street and the current waterline around the project work area. This will take about two weeks to remove trees, build utility piping and construct the temporary drainage channel and roadway. There will be a short period (usually under an hour) when we switch over the waterline from the old line to the new section and this is usually scheduled as overnight work when water usage is low.
Phase 2 - Demolish existing culvert and build new concrete culvert channel at Hauoli Street and in-between selected areas at the Maalaea Banyans and the Island Sands. This will take several months - we are fine tuning the project detailing, approvals and schedule and will we issue a more precise time estimate for this portion shortly.
Phase 3 - Re-open Hauoli Street over new culvert. Once Phase 2 is completed, traffic will shifted back to Hauoli Street the switch over will take a day or two to complete the final sections of paving and striping. The road will remain open at all times, but will be reduced to a single lane of traffic at times to complete the transition paving and roadway marking transition. We will give you notice before this occurs and we will have traffic control officers in place to manage the traffic flow when only one lane is open at a time.
Phase 4 - Demolish the temporary road and build the upstream water quality retention basin. This will take about a month or so to build and this will be the most significant earthmoving portion of the project. Once the earthwork is completed we will erect the final fencing and allow another month for the grassing to become completely established."
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MA'ALAEA PLANTATION PROJECT: The 257 acre parcel (Project District 12, formerly known as Ohana Kai) in Ma'alaea most recently was proposed by developer, Doug Spencer, as a 201H fast track affordable housing project.
See map for the proposed project here:
The final EA (Environmental Assessment) for the project was released and the PROJECT DID NOT MEET MCA'S CONDITIONS FOR SUPPORT:
See full FEA (Final Environmental Assessment) for the project by clicking on the following link: FEA
Following the court injunction issued on February 5th (see above), the developer has withdrawn the project and said he will do a full EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) as required under law and insisted upon by Ma'alaea Community Association and Maui Tomorrow.
Ma'alaea has a new restaurant in the Harbor Shops! The community welcomes Oceanside. Website: See here.
DeCoite Construction and Demolition Landfill Update:
On March 10th, 2015, despite MCA testimony in favor of closing the landfill at its present height, the Plan Commission approved the final height of the landfill at 176' above MSL (Mean Sea Level). The permit was due to expire in February of 2016. However, the Decoite's have now requested an open-ended extension of the permit. MCA has responded by requesting that CONDITIONS be added to the permit:
Click here for MCA requested CONDITIONS: Letter to Department of Health
Maui News Links (Landfill articles):
Postal Services: Now available in the Harbor Shops at the Triangle.
2015 Newsletter From Senator Roz Baker: Click Here
Did you know?
The Alliance of Maui Community Associations now has its own website.
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Special Response Vehicle Paramedic Unit Operating in Ma'alaea:
Senator Roz Baker introduced SB498, which made its way through the legislature and was given final approval. A unit has been 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. They are headquartered in the Ma'alaea Kai condo building. MCA welcomes our new paramedics to the community.
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Archived Information on Important Topics:
FINAL RULING ON OHANA KAI ISSUED BY JUDGE RHONDA LOO
JULY 14TH, 2011
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.
Additional Archived Topics (Ohana Kai Related):