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/
Numerous individuals and organizations sent in comments on the EIS:
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 Commission Comments
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 US Fish and Wildlife Service Comments, why scattered preserve areas won’t really help save these plants.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.