2011 WAILEA 670 UPDATE
The future of Wailea 670 and Makena Resort Developments is still being decided.
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Good News! Federal Wildlife experts agree: 130-acre preserve needed at Wailea 670
US Fish & Wildlife scientists agreed with citizens that a 130-acre contiguous preserve is needed to help a portion of Maui’s rarest ecosystem survive at Wailea 670. The proposed project’s rezoning conditions specify that a 130 acre preserve defined by a specific latitude shall be set aside “excepting for portions which USFWS and state Fish and Wildlife Scientists determine do not merit preservation.”
In letters sent to Wailea 670 consultants in 2010, USFS staff agreed that all of the 130-acres of southern lands proposed for the preserve, “merit preservation” and should be set aside.
Landowners want to preserve only a tiny 22-acres in the southern portion of the land and create “native plant enhancement” areas in golf course roughs and gulches across other parts of the land.
This unacceptable “solution” would shrink the native forest habitat from 20% of the project to about 3% of the project.
Citizen vigilance is necessary to make sure this important condition is enforced. Stay tuned and sign the Wailea 670 petition supporting the 130-acres. (link)
More Wailea 670 News:
What else has happened since the Maui County Council by a 5-4 vote agreed to rezone 670 acres of Wailea 670 land for 1150 units, a golf course and commercial areas in 2008?
Update on Wailea 670 EIS
The proposed 670 acre luxury golf course project still needs more approvals and more public scrutiny. Next step: a Phase II Project District approval from the Maui Planning Commission.
Because the project will use a state owned right of way (Pi’ilani Highway corridor) it must complete an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
What can citizens do?
If Wailea 670’s EIS is not adequate, citizens can challenge it in court!! The project’s final EIS is expected to be issued this summer of 2011.
- Will it propose adequate buffers, lower heights and construction traffic routes to avoid impacts to neighboring residents?
- Will it show alternative designs that protect Maui’s rarest native ecosystem and its unique and beautiful native plants and animals and cultural sites? Will historic trails disappear or be preserved?
- Does the project have a viable water supply that residents can afford?
- Where does the sewage go?
- Will some swales and ponds hold the increased run off generated by the project’s thousands of square feet of hardened surfaces?
The EIS should answer all these questions and more. If it doesn’t, citizens should make sure that the law is followed.
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