WMPA in the News
Association Challenging North Beach
Lahaina News. August 18th 2004.
With questions about drainage, water quality, traffic
congestion, unit count and impacts on visual and open space
resources, the West Maui Preservation Association has
filed a Petition to Intervene in the Shoreline Management Area
application permit to develop North Beach Lot 2 by SVO
Pacific, a division of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
Starwood submitted plans earlier
this year to expand operations of the Westin Kaanapali Ocean
Resort Villas to the north, adding more than 11 acres and 258
units to its growing inventory of timeshare units on the West
A hearing on that application is
slated before the Maui Planning Commission on August 24.
The petition to Intervene was
received by the Planning Department on August 6. Attorney for
the intervener is Issac Hall.
West Maui Preservation Association
was formed in June of this year. It is an organization
dedicated to preserving, protecting and restoring the natural
and cultural environment of West Maui, the Petition reads.
Sharyn J. Matin is the president
of the WMPA. She is an attorney, part-time resident and an
owner at The Mahana, the property immediately to the north of
the North Beach Subdivision. "Our group is composed of
concerned local citizens." she said.
WMPA considers the drainage of
runoff, either directly or directly, into the ocean
unacceptable. "The proposed development, as currently planned,
will adversely affect Ms. Matin and other supporters of the
WMPA, because it will diminish their use and enjoyment of
their properties and cause economic harm to them. It will have
adverse impacts on protected resources within the CZMA
(Coastal Zone Management Area)...." the Petition claims.
"We are now proposing a plan to
eliminate the discharge into the ocean. They (Starwood) have
been receptive to working with us." Matin commented.
Traffic impacts may not be as easy
to mitigate. The proposed substitute for the Lahaina Bypass,
meeting Condition 7 of the SMA subdivision requirements, will
not alleviate the existing adverse traffic impacts to the same
extent as the Lahaina Bypass, the Petition notes.
With two North Beach Subdivision
projects separately on the planning panel's agenda, WMPA is
asking for a deferral and concurrent consideration, "so that
it can access the cumulative traffic impacts of both these
Intrawest, a leading developer and
operator of village-centered destination resorts in North
America, has proposed 700 units on Lot 4, immediately to the
south of The Mahana. "We have notified Intrawest of our
intention to intervene in that process also," Matin added.
According to Planning Director
Mike Foley, "The Maui Planning Commission usually grants
interventions. If so, then it goes to mediation."
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