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LUC Finds Planned Pi‘ilani Projects in Violation

February 7, 2013
Susan Halas, Debra Lordan , Maui Weekly

A 6-3 vote by the state Land Use Commission found the landowners of Pi'ilani Promenade, Maui Outlets and a housing project in violation of the original order granted in 1995 that converted the land from agricultural to urban use.

About 100 people attended the Thursday, Feb. 7, meeting of the state Land Use Commission (LUC) to hear the final oral arguments and decision of the commission relating to the status of an 88-acre parcel of land in Khei. Many of those present were affiliated with the construction trades.

The owners of the land for the proposed shopping centers are Pi'ilani Partners North and South (owned by Eclipse Development). The land for the 250 units of proposed affordable housing development is owned by Honua'ula (formerly called Wailea 670).

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A 6-3 vote by the state Land Use Commission found the landowners of Pi‘ilani Promenade, Maui Outlets and a housing project in violation of the original order granted in 1995 that converted the land from agricultural to urban use.

The landowners representatives argued that all legal requirements to proceed had been met and asked that their projects be allowed to go forward.

All nine members of the state LUC were present. While stressing that they were not judging the merits of the project, the majority felt that neither extensive retail or affordable housing uses were originally included in the conceptual plan, and thus, the impact of such use such as traffic, schools, roads, run-off and other matters had not been considered.

Members voting that no violation of the original order had occurred were Thomas Contrades, Sheldon Biga and Kyle Chock.

All other commissioners voted that the property owners were in violation of the original order.

The vote means that the quasi-judicial proceedings will go on to the next step to decide whether the land should revert to its original agricultural status, or additional conditions need to be met by the landowners.

Maui Tomorrow, South Maui Citizens for Responsible Growth and Khei resident Daniel Kanahele brought the matter to the state LUC hearing.

No date has been set for further action.

 
 
 

 

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