Thursday, March 6, 2008

NIMBY Group Stymies 700 Home Affordable Housing Project on Maui

The Wailea 670/Honua‘ula project, located in Wailea Maui, is planned for 700 market homes, 700 affordable homes, a golf course, and parks and open space. Committee Report No. 08-23, Feb. 8, 2008. The original application for this project was submitted in 2000 and was considered in dozens of public meetings by the Planning Commission and the Council. Id.

It would be one of the first developments to fulfill the county’s Residential Workforce Housing Policy, which requires landowners to sell or lease between 40% and 50% of new residential units to residents within the income-qualified groups established by the ordinance.

Two groups have opposed the project. An ad hoc Kihei NIMBY group and Maui Tomorrow, which is requesting that a supplemental environmental impact statement be prepared for Honua‘ula. According to the Maui News, the last environmental study for the project was approved in 1989. The supplemental environmental study challenge is a perennial issue in Hawaii environmental law, because HRS chapter 343, Hawaii's Environmental Impact Statement Law lacks guidance and the HAR chapter 11-200 lacks clarity on the issue of supplemental statements.

The Council's Land Use Committee recommended, among other things, approval of rezoning for the project as reported in Committee Report No. 08-39, March 7, 2008.


Hawaii Land Use Law and Policy said...

If you want to learn what a "NIMBY" is and other acronyms from the alphabet soup of land use and planning, see Mr. Thomas’ blog entry on the topic at Enjoy!

LoF said...

None of the Plaintiffs in the Sunshine Act lawsuit against Maui County are neighbors to the industrially zoned area where the developer had intended to dump the affordable housing ghetto. So, technically, its not fulfilling the County's mandate for workforce affordable homes, it got a variance since the affordable homes will be as far away from the development as can be while still being in the same community plan area.

Perhaps NOMI (not on my island) would be better since the only neighbors the affordable housing component would have are industrial businesses.