The developer of the planned Honua’ula project in South Maui has filed an Environmental Assessment and an Environmental Impact Statement Preparation Notice. After 20 years, a change in ownership, and multiple public meetings, the project has been downscaled considerably since its start in 1988.
The project drew contentious debate on both sides before gaining zoning approvals in March of last year by a slim 5-4 council vote. The 670 acre development calls for the construction of 1400 homes and an 18-hole homeowner’s golf course.
Supporters say the project will increase economic activity and add workforce affordable homes. Opponents argue the project will result in increased traffic, electric consumption and environmental impacts.
A 30-day-comment period on the preparation notice began on Thursday, October 8, 2009 and continues through Friday, November 6, 2009.
As approved by the Council, the project includes provisions for 1,400 homes (including affordable workforce homes, 250 of which…
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