DOUBLE ALERT!!! “Tech City” AND “Community Plans & Zoning Under Attack”

December 16, 2015
1:30 pmto5:30 pm

 

Template testimony LU-4

Aloha Maui! We apologize for the VERY late notice but we’re also just getting up to speed on this turn of events.

Your Planning Committee will be holding a Public Meeting TOMORROW, Wednesday December 16 at 9am with a VERY IMPORTANT item on the agenda: Agenda item: PC-11 Lāna’i Community Plan Update (under attack by developers for the same reasons/issues as Maui)
Your Land Use Committee will be holding a Public Meeting TOMORROW, Wednesday December 16 at 1:30 pm in the Council Chambers at 200 High St Wailuku, 8th fl ALSO with a VERY IMPORTANT item on its agenda: Agenda item: LU-4 Amending Community Plan designation and Change in Zoning for MAUI RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY PARK

View the full agenda for the Land Use Commission here: http://www.co.maui.hi.us/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/21039

WHAT’S GOING ON WITH LANA`I’S COMMUNITY PLAN, AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT FOR THE REST OF MAUI COUNTY?

The Planning Director continues to try to undermine years of hard work by our Community Plan Advisory Committees by making the Zoning trump our Community Plans. Tell Don Couch’s Planning Committee not to let the Planning Director do another end run around the process by inserting changes that would violate Hawaii State law. These were not seen by the Lana`i CPAC or the Lana`i Planning Commission. Tell Don Couch to respect the will of the Community!

WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL ABOUT ITEM LU-4?!

-The 400 ac project (Item LU-4) passed out of the Council’s Land Use Committee earlier this year with minimal conditions addressing traffic impacts and NONE addressing drainage impacts.

-The State Board of the High Technology Development Corporation, representing one parcel that is owned by the State of Hawaii, reportedly declined to sign off on the expansion project’s unilateral agreement with the county. This may have been because traffic impacts were not adequately addressed and existing tenants of the Tech park could be affected.

-Pi’ilani Hwy is already affected by heavy traffic without the added burden of additional traffic which would flow in and out of the Tech Park project area. Construction runoff, drainage and other issues plague this project, yet it continues to resurface under various guises through design changes that STILL do not adequately address the concerns of our greater community.

-They are excluding the 5-acre publicly owned parcel where the Maui Research & Technology Center is located, which means there is no need for the State and the High Technology Development Corporation board to sign off on project conditions now. Several other parcels under private ownership are also proposed to be excluded from the rezoning request. One is a retention basin owned by the Piilani Village Homeowners Association.

TO TESTIFY FOR THE TECH PARK ISSUE (LU-4) Use the above template to craft your own testimony and submit in person or email to: lu.committee@mauicounty.us

TESTIMONY FOR THE LĀNA`I ISSUE (PC-11) may be emailed to: pc.committee@mauicounty.us

 

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