The Maui News - The state Land Use Commission approved this week an expansion of the Maui Research & Technology Park in Kihei.
In a meeting last week at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, the commission voted to change the designation of 253 acres from agricultural to urban. Now, the project by Maui R&T Partners needs to get rezoning and a community plan amendment from Maui County.
The development is tentatively scheduled for a Dec. 10 hearing before the Maui Planning Commission, which will make a recommendation on the project's proposed rezoning and community plan amendment to the Maui County Council.
As detailed in its environmental impact statement, project plans call for build-out in two 10-year phases. The development would add a mixed-use village center, a mix of single-family and multifamily residences of as much as 1,250 units, a business hotel, an expansion of "knowledge-industry lots" and open space and park areas.
Maui R&T Partners is a partnership of Pacific Rim Land and Woodridge Capital Partners.
The residential units would be for employees at the high-tech park.
In December 2011, Maui County Council members supported the park's updated plans when they included them in the Kihei-Makena section of the Maui Island Plan. That included the addition of 1,250 residential units.
The park's proposed mixed-use village center would be 58 acres with a mixing of housing, offices, civic facilities, live-work areas and parks. Civic uses could include a private or charter school campus.