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SUBJECT: MAUI ISLAND PLAN:
The Maui Island Plan was adopted on December 28th, 2012.
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 fully 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.
The following links take you to websites where you can access the plan itself and other pertinent information.
Maui Island Plan and the 6 Maui Island Community Plans
Urban Growth Boundaries for Ma'alaea:
Webpage that connects to developments/projects in each district
Contact Information for various branches of local government: Also links to Maui County Code and Ordinances, Mayor, Council Members, County Departments, etc.
See Below for Archived Information on Ohana Kai Development Project: According to the developer for the project, a new EIS is anticipated for release in 2013.
SUBJECT: RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT AT MA'ALAEA: (Jesse Spencer "Ohana Kai" Project) (Updated: 7/4/2011)
Dear Friends and Neighbors of Ma'alaea:
The Ma`alaea Community Association (MCA) continues its opposition to massive residential development at Ma`alaea and requests your support and active participation during current review of the Maui Island Plan which will determine the future of Maui's development over the next 20 years. MCA opposes the expansion of Ma'alaea into an urban growth center. Both affordable and market-price housing needs are adequately addressed elsewhere in the plan, yet developers, e.g. Jesse Spencer may press for expansion of Ma'alaea without careful consideration of the likely impacts from such expansion.
MCA's concerns include:
• substantial traffic impacts
• loss of valuable "prime" ag land
• lack of supporting infrastructure
• threats to open space and scenic vistas and
• Inadequate water supply and sewage treatment, among others.
In January 2008, MCA prepared a detailed opposition to the proposed 900+unit Ma'alaea Mauka Residential Subdivision. The developers sold the 260-acre property to affordable housing developer Jesse Spencer, who despite the opposition by MCA and County planners, actively pursued "Ohana Kai"- a 1,100 + unit fast-track affordable housing project.
The current draft of the 2030 Maui Island Plan has passed the Planning Department, Maui's General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC) and the Planning Commission. None of these official bodies support development at Ma'alaea and all recommend that prime agricultural lands surrounding Ma'alaea be preserved in perpetuity.
Under the current Kihei-Makena Community Plan, Ma'alaea project districts (Spencer's 260-acre parcel and A & B's 650 acres) are (still) designated for possible future growth. After the Maui Island Plan has been adopted, the County will pursue the community plan update process. MCA will request deletion of both project districts from the Kihei Plan.
MCA is NOT against affordable housing. We opposed the original project Of Ma'alaea Mauka which included a mix of market and affordable homes and was less dense than Spencer’s Ohana Kai proposal. We are against residential development at Ma`alaea because of its LOCATION and the impact that thousands of cars at Ma`alaea could have on the island's main transportation corridors.
This is not just a Ma'alaea issue. Ma'alaea is the gateway to Lahaina and the main intersecting point for Kihei and Wailuku traffic.
Here is a short list of some of the many reasons why we oppose development at Ma`alaea:
• Will add thousands more vehicles to Honoapi'ilani Highway at Ma'alaea, the gateway to Lahaina. With limited opportunities for jobs and other amenities in the area, new residents would have to drive to Wailuku, Kahului, Kihei or Lahaina for almost everything, adding more traffic to the highway in all directions. This project is not close to where anyone works, worships, or attends school.
• Honoapiilani Highway between Ma'alaea and Lahaina and the treacherous "Pali" is the scene of frequent traffic accidents and road closures. Thousands of additional cars at this main access point could cause additional delays to residents traveling to and from work or visitors traveling to and from resorts and the airport.
• The 260-acre property is designated "prime" ag land. Development will destroy Ma`alaea's valuable ag. lands now protected in the proposed Maui Island Plan. These prime ag. lands contribute to Maui's future sustainability and should be preserved for the use of future generations. Ma`alaea ag lands are currently being used for cattle grazing and could be used for growing energy and food crops for Maui's future sustainability.
• The proposed project site has three wells, but salinity levels in the project’s wells are already high and increased use of the wells will raise those levels to unacceptable heights, making the water undrinkable. Where will the project’s water come from then? Will residents be able to afford desalinization?
• The development provides little or no supporting infrastructure. The developer designates sites for a school and fire station, but there are no funds to build a school or fire station. There is no police station. It will be impossible for government to provide the infrastructure in this economic climate when essential services have already been cut.
• The proposed development straddles important planned Transportation Corridor No. 2. Makes future light rail option impossibly expensive if homes must be acquired and removed at a later date. Residents of the proposed project may also object to light rail going right through their neighborhood.
• Destroys Ma'alaea's "Sense of Place." Ma`alaea's open space corridor provides scenic vistas for not only Ma`alaea residents but all Maui residents and visitors passing through the Ma`alaea area on their way to Kihei, Kahului, Lahaina or Wailuku. Development at this critical crossroads will destroy these scenic vistas and will mean the end of tranquil seaside Ma'alaea as we know it.
• Massive urbanization at the gateway to West Maui is poor planning and will affect not only Ma'alaea residents but everyone passing through the area en route to West Maui.
• The need for housing is already being met in the proposed Maui Island Plan, which calls for up to 40,000 more new homes--many affordable--to be built in Central, South and West Maui. These new developments will already mean an increase in traffic.
• Adds thousands of people wanting to access Ma'alaea shoreline and/or tiny Haycraft Beach Park. With only one shoreline access point (No. 124), so many new users would overwhelm the park. Hau'oli Street is inadequate to accommodate the additional associated traffic and parking.
Please help us defeat this proposal before it is too late.
If/when the project ever gets to Council for approval or inclusion in the Maui Island Plan, Jesse Spencer likely will pack Council chambers with hundreds of "unemployed" construction workers demanding approval of this "make-work" project. While jobs are important, they should not take precedence over good planning or Maui's ability to create a sustainable future.
Spencer will tell the Council that Ma'alaea residents opposing this project are a bunch of affluent and elitist Mainland absentee "NIMBY's" who don't want "affordable housing" in our backyard.
CALL TO ACTION:
You don't have to be a Ma`alaea resident to be concerned about the impact this development would have on the entire island of Maui.
Your support is needed. Please join our efforts to oppose the urbanization of Ma’alaea. You can help by writing letters and contacting the Maui County Council as soon as we know the item has been placed on the Council's agenda.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
• Let Mayor Alan Arakawa know you support the Planning Department, the GPAC and the Maui Planning Commission in their opposition to development at Ma`alaea. (200 S. High Street, Wailuku, HI 96973) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Write the members of the Maui County Council (200 S. High Street, Wailuku, HI 96973) and give the reasons why Ma'alaea is the WRONG LOCATION for a huge development of the size of Ohana Kai and should NOT be urbanized. Be sure to mention that you live, vote and pay taxes in Maui (if you can honestly say so). Please see list of Council members below.
• Take a few minutes and send a brief email to all Council Members telling them, calmly and politely, and in your own words, why you oppose urbanization of Ma’alaea.
• Email addresses of Maui County Council Members:
Council Chairman Danny Mateo: email@example.com
Council Vice Chairman Joseph Pontanilla: firstname.lastname@example.org
Council Member Gladys Baisa: email@example.com
Council Member Robert Carroll: firstname.lastname@example.org
Council Member Elle Cochran: email@example.com
Council Member Donald G.Couch Jr.: firstname.lastname@example.org
Council Member Riki G. Hokama: email@example.com
Council Member Michael Victorino: firstname.lastname@example.org
Council Member Mike White: email@example.com
• A Letter to the Editor of The Maui News can also be useful - the Mayor and County Council read these letters regularly. Follow the simple instructions at the following link:
Link to The Maui News Virtual Newsroom for Letters to the Editor:
Again, please use your own words, as we defeat our purpose if everyone sends in a letter that says exactly the same thing. In such a case, the editor will print only one.
• Please feel free to send a copy of this letter on to neighbors whose email addresses you know.
• Check the MCA website for updates: www.mcamaui.org.
• If we have your email address, we will notify you of upcoming Council hearings so you can show up and testify.
How many citizens will stand up and be counted now, when it really matters?
Help us preserve ag lands and open space in Ma'alaea. Not just for today, but for future generations to come.
Your friends and neighbors in the Ma'alaea Community Association (MCA)
Pam Daoust, President
Rob Riebling, Vice President, Past president
Gary Smith, Secretary, Past President
Tom Royer, Treasurer
Lynn Britton, Director, Past President
Tim Collins, Director
Jeanne McJannet, Director
Betty Morris, Director
Rick Miller, Director
*SEE BELOW FOR ADDITIONAL LINKS TO INFO ON THIS SUBJECT
SUBJECT: HARBOR IMPROVEMENTS: (Updated: 6/1/2013)
Stacy Masuda, Harbormaster, updated MCA on harbor improvements at our May meeting. Construction is completed and the move into the new building should also be completed by June 1st.
The 2nd phase of the Ferry project will be to repair the “South Dock” in front of the ferry building. Work is expected to begin 1-2 years from now. Concern continues over use of the “North Dock” in front of the condos and Tradewinds Deli. The Pump-out Station is OPEN.
Expeditions: Stacy said Expeditions is still interested in Ma`alaea, but they can’t come in until the South Dock repairs are completed.
Contact Info for harbor issues: firstname.lastname@example.org
Maui District Manager
101 Maalaea Boat Harbor Road
Wailuku, Hawaii 96793
Telephone: (808) 243-5824
Fax: (808) 243-5829
SUBJECT: FORMER MA'ALAEA COMMUNITY GARDEN:
MCA has not held the lease with A & B on the garden since 2004. The current leaseholder is Maui Disabled Veteran’s, Inc. For many years Pastor Agapito Samiento and a number of community volunteers used and maintained the garden, introducing flower beds, a butterfly garden, etc. which enhanced the garden and made it into a community asset. Neither the pastor nor the volunteers are working at the garden at present. It is solely the responsibility of Maui Disabled Veterans and A&B.
The Maui Disabled Veteran’s, Inc. is said to have plans for a Hawaiian Village on the site. President, Ned Purdy, has been invited to share their plans for the area but has not yet responded to the invitation.
MCA’s concerns for the area include proper maintenance and ongoing beautification of the garden area, parking/noise issues, and that any future uses of the garden compliment the residential lifestyle of the surrounding community, as they have done in the past.
*ADDITIONAL LINKS RELATED TO OHANA KAI ISSUES: