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Haiku Community Association Maui Island Plan (MIP) Haiku-Paia Map Comments
Mahalo to Director Spence for attending our May Forum on the Maui Island
HCA wishes to follow upon that meeting by offering comments on the proposed
Directed Growth Maps for the Pa’ia-Ha’iku area. It is unfortunate that the
Planning Department’s revised maps for Pa’ia-Ha’iku were only made publicly
available today. There are a number of proposed changes to the Pa’ia-Hai’ku
maps that would really benefit from direct public input. With a hearing date
set for 1 short week away, gathering that input presents a real challenge
for a volunteer community organization.
As far as the over 500 acres of existing Ag land IN PA’IA-HA’IKU that is
proposed to be converted into a RURAL GROWTH BOUNDARY:
HA’IKU COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION recommends against
enclosing any existing Upcountry agricultural subdivision with a Rural
Growth Boundary. We recommend that this decision be considered during the
community plan update process. This will allow more property owners to be
informed about the implications of such a conversion and allow them to
participate with adequate notice of proposed changes and at meeting held at
times more convenient for working people.
Based upon past input we have gathered, HCA wishes to go on record in
support of the following concepts in the Directed Growth Maps for the
Pa’ia-Ha’iku planning region
1. Show Parks, Preserves and Greenways on Directed Growth Map:
• Haiku community supports Parks shown in the Haiku-Paia Community Plan
and greenways proposed in the Upcountry Greenway Master Plan being shown on
the MIP maps as well as all Conservation zoned lands.
• Map N-2 needs to show all the Conservation zone lands along the pali edge
between Maliko Gulch and Opana Pt to the East as “Preserve” or “Open Space.”
• Greenways span several community planning districts and should be part of
a long range view shown on our Maui island plan, not wait for pieces to be
shown in separate community plans. A greenway area along Kokomo Rd was
shown on the GPAC version of Map N-2. It has disappeared.
• Puu Kauhikoa “Giggle Hill” is shown as designated Park in the
Pa’ia-Ha’iku community Plan. It is an important cultural and recreational
resource and ties in with the Upcountry Greenway Master Plan. It should be
added to the Map N-2
• Kuiaha Bay is an important cultural site and restoration project. It
should have preservation standing on the Map.
• Other MIP maps show future open space/parks: Haiku-Paia maps should too.
2. We support Haiku Town Center area being shown as a “Small Town”
• This area has a mix of Light Industrial, Rural Light Industrial,
Business, Rural residential, Single Family and Ag and is a traditional small
town. Thank you for giving it that designation on Map N-2
• We are concerned that there has been no community discussion whether the
Pauwela Village area on West Kuiaha Road which has Light industrial,
Business and Single Family land designations should also be part of the
Haiku Small Town boundary? As a Rural Growth Boundary area, will there be
limitations on the business and light manufacturing uses already
3. Identify Ag Park location as recommended in Pa’ia-Ha’iku Community Plan
• Haiku Community Plan calls for a Ag park to be established in the Ha’iku
• Citizens support identifying such Ag land in the Directed Growth Maps.
• Potential sites: unused portion of the future Haiku Fire Station site,
• Unused agricultural parcel behind Haiku Post Office, which is the subject
of a community proposal to A&B.
• An Ag Park would allow farm incubator training programs, dedicated
community agricultural activities and related, value-added businesses, all
of which are compatible with Ha’iku community character.
4. Explain the purpose of Ag to Rural conversion proposed for over 500 acres
• Haiku residents confused by the move to convert existing ag subdivisions
to “Rural” community plan designation.
• What are short and long term implications with density, infrastructure,
• Have property owners been contacted in the subdivisions proposed for AG
to RURAL conversion to agree that this is what the majority desires?
• Can property owners “opt out” of being redesignated as Rural. If so how?
• Will “Rural” allow 2 ac lots to be divided into 1 ac or 1/2 ac lots?
• Will structures permitted under Ag rules be nonconforming if converted
• Will Rural designation allow larger area of residential structures on
same size lot?
• How would this affect he upcountry water meter list? Local road capacity.
5. In general, as stated above HCA supports existing “Ag subdivisions” being
left as “Ag” unless there is a compelling reason to change that status,
which can be discussed during the Community Plan update process.
• Subdivisions may not be commercial “farms” but they produce food and
fruit that supports our school Farmer’s Market as well as food distribution
programs like “Waste Not Want Not”
• Ag designation recognizes Ha’iku’s tradition of subsistence farming.
• Haiku already has a sizable amount of Rural designated lands. Leave Ag
lands for balance.
• If Rural is approved for undeveloped lots, landowners would not be
encouraged to grow anything. This policy would seem short-sighted.
Mahalo for considering or community’s desires for the General Plan Committee
Communities that have a clear vision for their future are getting respect in the Council Planning Process.
Your ideas are important!
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