Planner: Maui infrastructure tough for expansion
KIHEI, Hawaii (AP) — A retired Maui college professor involved in planning issues on the island for more than four decades says its infrastructure may have trouble adjusting to future developments.
Maui News reported Thursday (http://bit.ly/1aPofWj ) that Dick Mayer, a former professor at Maui Community College, says community members need to have a voice in planning.
Mayer said more than a dozen planned projects will have effects on roadways, water and access to the coastline.
The projects include expanding the Makena Resort, a high school in Kihei and two residential developments of more than 1,100 units each in Wailea.
Mayer says traffic in south Maui will be severely congested if the projects go forward without building more roads.
“We need to move from a planning process run by landowners and developers to one based on residents of the community,” Mayer said. “The organized voice of the community could really make a difference.”
County Planning Director Will Spence says the projects won’t all likely be built.
“It looks like a lot of plans. Will all these projects come to fruition? Probably not,” Spence said.
Spence says development is a good opportunity to partner with landowners. It’s key to move forward with smart, feasible, community-centered projects, he said.
“We should be creating neighborhoods and a place where people want to live,” he said. “There’s design things you can do that create a sense of neighborhood.”