will provide pedestrian and bicycle access ways within the roadways
throughout the Wailea 670 project.
REALITY: who will have access to these pathways and during what hours? The
original Change in Zoning approval conditions (1992) specified
public access as follows:
native Hawaiian beach and mountain access trails across the property
shall be provided; and additional access trails may be required as
determined by the Council.”
Feb 2007 W-670 substituted new language for this condition to ensure
that all access would remain private and regulated by the landowners.
The council Land Use committee voted to accept the following new
members of the council voted in January to accept the following new
non-dedicable, resort-residential roadway and pedestrian access
standards that meet health and safety requirements shall be reviewed
for purposes of phase II approval”
- No commitment to public access.
- No overview by Council and
final plan till Phase II
- Beyond public scrutiny.
NOTE: This bad language is not a done deal.
It has only been accepted by a Council Committee. The original 1992
protection still remains in effect, unless the whole Council votes
to change language. There
is still time for the committee to revisit this new language during
TRAFFIC & ROAD IMPROVEMENTS
will partially fund design and widening of Piilani Highway from
Kilohana Road to Wailea Ike Drive to four lanes, and intersection
improvements such as installation of traffic signals. $5,000/unit
voluntary contribution ($7 million total ) will be paid by W-670 for
If W-670 is ever approved, golf course construction starts in 2009.
Piilani widening planning starts in 2012. You do the math. It is
unclear whether the $5k a unit is paid each year as units are
finished. If so, the 100 unit a year build out will only give a slow
dribble of road funds that sound’s impressive, but is unable to
of Piilani Hwy through the existing Maui Meadows and Wailea
neighborhoods will be expensive, noisy, dusty and very disruptive of
neighborhood traffic. Questions also remain about available right of
way and impacts of blue rock blasting on neighboring homes.
provide construction access from Piilani Highway to the construction
sites and prohibit construction vehicles from roads within the Wailea
REALITY: This is great for Wailea, but doesn’t help address impacts of heavy
construction traffic on the substandard and already crowded Piilani
shall participate in the pro-rata funding and construction of
adequate civil defense measures as determined by the State and County
civil defense agencies.
will likely result in a civil defense siren. There is no evacuation
route that can handle the current population at this end of South
Maui. Civil defense told the Council if an emergency evacuation is
necessary, people should put on tennis shoes and run. The roads will
be gridlocked under
current population loads and approving large developments which put
more potential residents at risk will only worsen the situation.
agreed to pay the Department of Education school fees of $3000 per
dwelling ($4.2 mil). This
will be paid per unit built, at 100 units over a 14 year period.
REALITY: W-670 originally had a school site included. That condition was
deleted by the State Land Use Commission who agreed to the fee
amounts as part of W-670’s 1994 approval. This amount won’t buy
Cultural Resources Preservation Plan (CRPP) being prepared by W-670
“shall be completed in consultation with Na Kupuna `O Maui and
approved by the Cultural Resources Commission and State Historic
Preservation Division. The approved CRPP shall be submitted as part
of the Phase II application.
CRPP shall primarily address items pertinent to preservation,
Access to specified sites;
Appropriate protocol for visitations; and
- iii) Manner and methods of preservation.
REALITY: The south part of W-670 connects directly to the culturally important
lands of coastal Palau’ea and Keauhou. Cultural review of W-670 has
been very incomplete. The
application requirement for this proposal requires a completed and
approved preservation plan. A complete survey and mapping of
sites is still needed before a preservation plan can even been
submitted. No consultation with
OHA has been done since 1988. A broader section of the community
wishes to participate in decision-making about the preservation of
sites and support exists for a native plant and cultural site
preserve area of around 100 acres.
shall fund a near shore water quality monitoring program in the
waters fronting the Wailea Resort area. The monitoring program shall
be approved by the State Department of Health and the State Division
of Aquatic Resources, Department of Land and Natural Resources.
REALITY: All the above named agencies are too busy to give much review to the
monitoring reports that have been turned in by the W-670/Wailea
Resort consultant. His reports are not structured to monitor some of
the areas where greatest impacts would be seen. He has noted no
problems from run-off that could be attributed to existing resort
the last ten years that the same water quality consultant submitted
monitoring reports for Makena Resort and claimed no adverse effects
to the nearshore waters. However, these same reports were submitted
to the Department of Health as evidence that the nearshore waters of
Wailea/Makena now carry pollutant loadings that exceed state water
quality standards. These waters are now listed as Impaired Water
Bodies by the EPA. Local
residents have experienced a shocking degradation of marine water
quality and habitat.
In its 2001 rezoning Application W-670 described the 670 acre site
as “not a particularly appropriate place for affordable housing,
even if there was a need.”
project market was described as from off-shore – “international, upper-class
vacation or second home purchasers/builders who are attracted to the
area for a variety of existing reasons. The planned quality and membership character of the community will necessarily minimize off-site property value
other words, the developer was planning a low risk, “low-key,
privately-built, membership community”
for his investors, that did not include affordable housing.
In 2007, W-670 promised to comply with the Residential Work Force
Housing Policy, and provide 50%- 700 of its 1400 units as
Reality: 250 of the 700 “affordable” units are proposed as
apartments built in the Kaonoulu Industrial park near Kihei Gateway
remaining 450 promised “affordable” units, around 280 of them
will be for folks who can “afford” to pay between $400,000 and
$535,000 for a home, not the average Maui family.
possible that there MAY be 170 units that could be priced between
$300,000 and $400,000. Some local families might be able to afford
these. But when would they be built?
the 250 apartments are built first, the developer’s one market
price unit-for-one affordable unit deal, means that 250 market priced
($1million, and up price range) houses will be built matching the
apartments before one affordable home goes on sale. At 100 units a
year buildout- that’s 2 to 3 years from the 2011 proposed project
start date. The
first “affordable” house on site could be around 2015.
In 1992, as a condition of the Planning Commission’s Community Plan
Amendment approval, W-670’s former owners agreed to:
“Provide 60 percent affordable housing allocated on the basis of 10 percent very low to
low income, 30 percent low- moderate income and 20 percent moderate
this condition still enforceable?
Water Source Development
proposes a private water source, storage facilities, and transmission
lines. If supply is available, and subject to approval of the
Department of Water Supply, the project may utilize the County water
system for domestic use only.
sources of water, including the use of effluent from the Kihei
Wastewater Reclamation Plant shall be utilized for irrigation
purposes and dust control of construction activities when it becomes
available to the Wailea 670 project.
There is no proven source for the 1.5
mgd of potable water that would be needed by the 1150 to 1400 proposed
units onsite. W-670 has confidential studies that they contend show
future wells will produce drinkable water, but these studies have
not been disclosed or reviewed by independent experts. Desalinization is mentioned as a back-up, but
County studies have shown it to be expensive and not without
unanswered questions, like increased electric demand and waste
use of treated wastewater for irrigation and other non-potable needs
would require W-670 to fund a transmission pipe to their site from
the county Wastewater Treatment facility to the north, something
they have not yet committed to do. They can truck the reclaimed water
in for dust control.
large public park areas that W-670 offers to provide are currently
proposed off site. A few small parks accessible to the public are
proposed on site. $20 million in Park fees for the new Kihei Regional
park off Welakahao St. is also promised. $5 million in funding for a
Little League field in the future Kihei Regional Park is tied to
No park is proposed to address the needs of Maui Meadows residents
for an adequate buffer. The $20 mil in park fees will come gradually,
as units are built and sold, meaning that it will be many years
before enough funds are available to build the park.
Little League field was promised on the W-670 site as a condition of
the project’s earlier approval process. Now that “condition” is
being changed to an
in-lieu fee of $5M to help start the first phase of the regional
of the money is earmarked for a Little League field. Kamalii school students might have enjoyed having more playing fields
in South Kihei as was originally intended.
golf course, clubhouse and facilities are planned for “Member’s
Only.” Original approvals included 2
golf courses with 50% of tee times reserved for HI residents on one
course, at 50% kama’aina rates for play and carts.
lieu of public play at reduced rates, as originally required of the
developer by a previous council, the Developer now proposes instead
to provide an instructional program 3 days a week from September
through January for the Maui Junior Golf Association. Also, they
will sponsor one Maui Junior Golf Association fund-raising tournament
per year. Additionally, they will permit four other non-profits to
hold a fund raising tournament each year. Council
is also asking for 1 day a week for public play on the private W-670
REALITY: The trend towards exclusive private golf courses that exclude
“non-members” (such as most local residents) is now coming to
various sectors of Maui. Golf courses consume land – in this case
native dryland forest plant habitat. They also consume scarce water-
brackish or reclaimed water that could be used for food crops, fruit
and shade trees. Is this the best plan for our future? Where is the
public benefit of this private golf course? What
does it tell our kids, who can learn there, but never play there?
owners may construct perimeter fencing to keep out deer, goats &
Without secure fencing, deer are like to continue access the lands in
& ENDANGERED ANIMAL SPECIES
promises to “assess” presence of Hawaiian hoary bat, Pueo (native
owl) and Blackburn Sphinx moth on their lands and take steps to
mitigate any harm to these species.
If previously completed native plant and cultural site “assessments”
are any guide, the project consultants will find little evidence of
these creatures and little need to provide for their habitat.
Rare Native PLANTS
prepared a conservation and stewardship plan which emphasized propagation of native dry land forest plants and de-emphasized the need to
protect any sizable area of the plants own chosen native habitat area. where
they have been thriving for hundreds of years.
REALITY: 95% of Maui’s native dryland forest has disappeared. Every bit of
the remaining 5% is valuable, including the southern110 acres of
survey was done in 1988 and was completely inadequate, missing the
reporting of many native and endemic species, including the
threatened status of the wiliwili forest. Council needs to guarantee that this will be preserved, otherwise
final decisions will be made later, during Phase II project approval,
with no Council or public scrutiny.
told community groups that gulches will be drainage ways with
retention basins built in. Original conditions from 1992 Change in
Zoning approval stated:
grading of the project site shall be encouraged in order to retain
the existing rolling topography and natural drainageways.”
golf course shall be incorporated into the drainage master plan in
order to utilize the fairways and rough areas for storm water
Both these conditions were deleted by W-670 (Feb 2007) and voted on
members of the Council Land Use Committee while members Anderson and Johnson were
W-670’s new condition language weakens the original approval conditions:
topography and natural drainage ways shall, to the extent practicable and feasible,
be retained during grading of the project site.”
drainage master plan shall incorporate the golf course and open spaces as areas for storm water retention and desilting basins.)
will this affect cultural sites in “open space” areas? Will
planned retention basins overflow into native plant preserves? All
further drainage system approvals will happen with no public scrutiny
during Phase II project district processing.
NOTE: This bad language is not a done deal.
It has only been accepted by a Council Committee. The original 1992
protection still remains in effect, unless the whole Council votes to
plans to use treated sewage effluent to irrigate the golf course when
it becomes available. In the interim, non-potable ground water from
its two existing private wells on site may be used for this purpose.
W-670 golf course at current size will require a minimum of 1 mgd of
water. The project would need approximately 1000 units to provide
that amount. Under current timetables, 1000 units might be built by
2021. This golf course, if approved and installed by 2011, would be
using pumped brackish water for 10 years or more. The W-670 water
consultant stated that the on-site wells should only be expected to
provide .3 mgd each, not enough for the expected needs of the course.
If these wells are over-pumped it will affect other irrigation wells
in the area.
zoning on the land carries the following condition:
shall participate in its fair share development and funding of the
wastewater and effluent transmission system between the project site
and the Kihei Waste Water Reclamation Facility."
Developer now proposes a private wastewater system to be located in
the southwest corner of the property, on an a’a lava flow.
Private wastewater systems often are poorly managed and involve
injection wells that impact reefs.
A recent study released by DLNR’s Division of
Aquatic Resources reveals the devastating decline of the coral reefs
fronting South Maui. Increased nutrients from injection wells and
runoff have resulted in the highest algae growth rates on shallow
reefs ever recorded for any ecosystem on the planet. In just ten
years, the coral reef coverage in Maalaea Bay went from 50% cover
down to 8%.
of reclaimed irrigation water is available from the Kihei Wastewater
plant- but a transmission line needs to be funded
Land Use Committee members voted (August 2007) to require W-670 to hook up to Kihei Wastewater Reclamation Facility. Will this condition last through 3 council votes?
GETS DECIDED WITHOUT FURTHER PUBLIC REVIEW?
stuff will be decided in Phase II or Phase III project approval…
from any Council input or public review?
course impacts on local groundwater and nearshore water quality
of private wastewater system meeting health standards
- Storage of petroleum products on site.
relating to use of fertilizers, biocides and pesticides on Golf
from maintenance facilities
waste management activities and facilities
- Erosion control and drainage
- Location or relocation of MECO’s electrical facilities and
nature of the facility upgrades necessary to provide the electricity
needs of the project and what rate increases will be a result of the
improvements and agreements
- Proposals for pedestrian and bicycle access ways
- Protection plans for native plants and cultural sites.