Wailea 670 (Honua`ula)

2011 WAILEA 670 UPDATE
The future of Wailea 670 and Makena Resort Developments is still being decided.
Stay Involved. Your Voice Counts!

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?

Click here for a quick timeline

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.

Support Save Makena! Donate here. Your contributions will help protect what makes Maui unique, and are tax deductible.

Maui Tomorrow’s comments on the Honua’ula Draft EIS
Sierra Club’s comments
Maui Unite comments
Maui Planning Commission Comments
US Fish and Wildlife Service Comments

 

2011 WAILEA 670 UPDATE
The future of Wailea 670 and Makena Resort Developments is still being decided.
Stay Involved. Your Voice Counts!
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 (link to condition 27) 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?
Click here for a quick timeline (link: see below)
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).
Sign up here if you would like to be notified of Planning Commission hearing. (link)
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. 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.
Support Save Makena! Donate here.
Your contributions will help protect what makes Maui unique,
and are tax deductible.
Create this as a link:
Wailea 670 TIMELINE
November 2009: Wailea 670 sent out a notice that an EIS was being prepared.
A number of agencies and organizations commented that the Prep Notice gave so little information about what was proposed that it made it difficult to offer any meaningful comments.
April 2010: Wailea 670 issued a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
for an easy view go to: dynamics.org/Wailea670/2010/ (link)
Numerous individuals and organizations sent in comments on the EIS.

Maui Tomorrow’s comments (link)
Sierra Club’s comments (link)
Maui Unite comments (link)
June 2010: Maui Planning Commission reviewed the Wailea 670 EIS
Commissioners asked for more information about the project’s water source and an alternative plan that showed a 130-acre preserve in the southern native forest area of the land.
Maui Planning Department Comments (link)
July 2010:
US Fish and Wildlife Service sent comments to the landowners specifying that a 130-acre contiguous preserve was warranted in the southern portion of the land to protect one of Maui’s few remaining native dryland forest habitats and the rare and endangered plants and creatures that lived there. The landowners proposed a 22-acre preserve in the south of the land and various “native planting areas” scattered around the property, to total around 140 acres.

Read the USFWS comments, why scattered preserve areas won’t really help save these plants.
(link)
August 2010: State Historic Preservation Office conducts a site visit with Maui Cultural land members to document unrecorded cultural sites. A number are observed, in spite of the fact that the landowners say their survey is complete.
September 2010: State Historic Preservation Office informs the Wailea 670 archaeological consultants that they will need to submit better maps before the project’s Archaeological Survey can be evaluated.
see the poor quality map the consultant’s submitted (link)
April 2011: The Wailea 670 landowner’s consultant scheduled a site visit with a State-Federal wildlife team to evaluate the habitat for protection of rare plants and endangered Blackburn Sphinx moth.
Members of the public asked to attend and were at first denied, but anew opinion from the State Attorney General has reversed that policy. The site visit is now being rescheduled so knowledgeable citizens can attend.
see pictures of the rare plants and animals in the southern 200 acres of Wailea 670
go to:
The landowners have had a year to reply to all the comments

Send the Draft EIS comments to each of these addresses or emails:

* Applicant: Honuaula Partners, LLC, Charles Jencks, P.O. Box 220, Kihei, HI. 879-5205 or via email: Charlie Jencks
* Accepting Authority: County of Maui, Planning Department/Planning Commission, 250 South High Street,Wailuku, HI 96793. Kathleen Aoki, Director, 270-7735 Address comments to Deputy Director: email: Ann Cua
* Consultant: PBR HAWAII, 1001 Bishop Street, Suite 650, Honolulu, HI 96813. Tom Schnell AICP, 521-5631 sysadmin@pbrhawaii.com

Wailea 670 is required assess environmental conditions for its 670 acre proposed golf course development before further approvals can be granted. Although considerable questions remain regarding water supply, drainage, buffer zones for neighboring properties, traffic impacts, protection of native flora and fauna and cultural sites, the draft EIS concludes there are no problems.

June 22 9am: Maui Planning Commission: Wailea 670/ Honua’ula Draft EIS will be discussed by Maui Planning commission 9 am downstairs meeting room 250 S. High St (Planning Dept Building)

What does the EIS Prep notice say?
In a nutshell, it appears from the maps and the text of the EISPN, that up to 20 species of native Hawaiian dryland forest plants, endangered native fauna, inter-related complexes of cultural sites and traditional access routes are being minimized and dismissed as not worthy to survive in their own home.

2011 WAILEA 670 UPDATE
The future of Wailea 670 and Makena Resort Developments is still being decided.
Stay Involved. Your Voice Counts!
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 (link to condition 27) 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?
Click here for a quick timeline (link: see below)
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).
Sign up here if you would like to be notified of Planning Commission hearing. (link)
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. 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.
Support Save Makena! Donate here.
Your contributions will help protect what makes Maui unique,
and are tax deductible.
Create this as a link:
Wailea 670 TIMELINE
November 2009: Wailea 670 sent out a notice that an EIS was being prepared.
A number of agencies and organizations commented that the Prep Notice gave so little information about what was proposed that it made it difficult to offer any meaningful comments.
April 2010: Wailea 670 issued a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
for an easy view go to: dynamics.org/Wailea670/2010/ (link)
Numerous individuals and organizations sent in comments on the EIS.

Maui Tomorrow’s comments (link)
Sierra Club’s comments (link)
Maui Unite comments (link)
June 2010: Maui Planning Commission reviewed the Wailea 670 EIS
Commissioners asked for more information about the project’s water source and an alternative plan that showed a 130-acre preserve in the southern native forest area of the land.
Maui Planning Department Comments (link)
July 2010:
US Fish and Wildlife Service sent comments to the landowners specifying that a 130-acre contiguous preserve was warranted in the southern portion of the land to protect one of Maui’s few remaining native dryland forest habitats and the rare and endangered plants and creatures that lived there. The landowners proposed a 22-acre preserve in the south of the land and various “native planting areas” scattered around the property, to total around 140 acres.

Read the USFWS comments, why scattered preserve areas won’t really help save these plants.
(link)
August 2010: State Historic Preservation Office conducts a site visit with Maui Cultural land members to document unrecorded cultural sites. A number are observed, in spite of the fact that the landowners say their survey is complete.
September 2010: State Historic Preservation Office informs the Wailea 670 archaeological consultants that they will need to submit better maps before the project’s Archaeological Survey can be evaluated.
see the poor quality map the consultant’s submitted (link)
April 2011: The Wailea 670 landowner’s consultant scheduled a site visit with a State-Federal wildlife team to evaluate the habitat for protection of rare plants and endangered Blackburn Sphinx moth.
Members of the public asked to attend and were at first denied, but anew opinion from the State Attorney General has reversed that policy. The site visit is now being rescheduled so knowledgeable citizens can attend.
see pictures of the rare plants and animals in the southern 200 acres of Wailea 670
go to:
The landowners have had a year to reply to all the comments

Send the Draft EIS comments to each of these addresses or emails:

* Applicant: Honuaula Partners, LLC, Charles Jencks, P.O. Box 220, Kihei, HI. 879-5205 or via email: Charlie Jencks
* Accepting Authority: County of Maui, Planning Department/Planning Commission, 250 South High Street,Wailuku, HI 96793. Kathleen Aoki, Director, 270-7735 Address comments to Deputy Director: email: Ann Cua
* Consultant: PBR HAWAII, 1001 Bishop Street, Suite 650, Honolulu, HI 96813. Tom Schnell AICP, 521-5631 sysadmin@pbrhawaii.com

Wailea 670 is required assess environmental conditions for its 670 acre proposed golf course development before further approvals can be granted. Although considerable questions remain regarding water supply, drainage, buffer zones for neighboring properties, traffic impacts, protection of native flora and fauna and cultural sites, the draft EIS concludes there are no problems.

June 22 9am: Maui Planning Commission: Wailea 670/ Honua’ula Draft EIS will be discussed by Maui Planning commission 9 am downstairs meeting room 250 S. High St (Planning Dept Building)

What does the EIS Prep notice say?
In a nutshell, it appears from the maps and the text of the EISPN, that up to 20 species of native Hawaiian dryland forest plants, endangered native fauna, inter-related complexes of cultural sites and traditional access routes are being minimized and dismissed as not worthy to survive in their own home.

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