A proposed 47-acre Makena Resort development project will have its application for an SMA permit heard by the Urban Design Review Board on Tuesday, March 1st at 10am. This project will turn more of Makena into a members-only access, gated community. There will be no affordable homes and no direct benefit to the community. It will put further burden on an already strained infrastructure throughout the Wailea-Makena-Kīhei areas.
Discovery Land Company and its partners claim that the project is small, so an Environmental Assessment is sufficient because their project will have minimal to no impact on the area or its resources.
The truth is that this project is just a small fraction of the larger plans the developers have for the larger 1800 acre holding. As such, a more comprehensive study needs to be done to identify and mitigate all impacts. A FULL Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) needs to be completed. The last EIS done for the Makena area was in 1975! Makena has changed A LOT since then.
Please sign our petition for a FULL EIS and share your mana`o (thoughts/feelings) at the next meeting on this project.
No Less Than a FULL EISRead the petition
The Urban Design Review Board (UDRB) is not the deciding entity on whether the project will have to do a more comprehensive EIS or if an EA will be adequate. The UDRB advises the Planning Commission.
HOWEVER, the UDRB DOES have the authority to comment/advise on: Building design (does it minimally impact neighboring properties and the public?), View planes (especially view access to the ocean) and any Special Management or Coastal Zone issues.
Click here to view the complete checklist that the UDRB uses when reviewing SMA permit applications.
Here are some points to consider when sharing your manaʻo with the UDRB on March 1st or when submitting written testimony to firstname.lastname@example.org:
* Public views WILL be affected by the project and its large, densely clustered tall buildings. Ask the UDRB to recommend an “alternative project design” be included in a FULL EIS!
* The area is a VERY culturally important and historic area that needs to be protected and the proposed plan will destroy a majority of the sites (whether discovered or yet-to-be-uncovered), including traditional mauka-makai access and historic roads our kūpuna used. The only areas that will be saved are those that are landscape features; NOT places where cultural practices can continue. There are possibly many more sites that CAN be uncovered, given the technology we have now.
* The Traffic Impact Analysis for the Draft EA only assesses three intersections adjacent to the project, and does not address the REAL traffic/parking impacts of this project on EVERYONE who currently uses Makena Landing/Maluaka Beach, is trying to get to Big Beach, driving to La Perouse, etc. More parking needs to be made available at the Makena Landing area FOR THE PUBLIC.
* REMIND THE UDRB THAT DOZENS OF PEOPLE TOOK OFF OF WORK TO ASK THE PLANNING COMMISSION NOT TO SUPPORT THIS PROJECT! ASK FOR NOTHING LESS THAN A FULL NEW EIS!