Project plagued with critics and citations

Feb 26, 2010 Full story: Maui News 18

Affordable housing developer Jesse Spencer, who wants to build 1,100 homes in Maalaea, has been hit with several county citations that project opponents say add up to Spencer "jumping the gun" on his proposed Ohana Kai Village.

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#1 Apr 2, 2010
Taxpayers expected to pay for part of project

The proposed Ohana Kai Village project will be very costly to all of Maui taxpayers and to Maui County workers. All because Jesse Spencer is not required to pay for the following:

* Maintenance of the project. Because Maui County will have to spend money it does not have on maintenance if this project is approved, county workers will be faced with layoffs, shortened work weeks or nonpaid furlough days to make up for the county's financial shortfall.

* Road improvements/maintenance will be required to be done to the existing and already congested streets and highways because of the increased traffic flows from the project.

* Vehicle accidents.The increase in property damage, personal injury and fatal injury accidents will surely come with the increased traffic flows.

* Additional school buses.

* Police Department.

* Fire Department.

* Sewage/water:The use of an already scarce resource - water - and the possibility of a sewage system failure that would contaminate both the aquifer and Maalaea Bay and the already fragile coral reef.

* The aquifer. How long can it supply water to the project and what is its recovery rate, if any?

These are just a few of the things that should make Maui County Council think twice before approving this project.

Maurice MacColl

Maalaea

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#2 Apr 2, 2010
GPAC, the Maui Planning Commission, and the Maui County Planning Department DECIDED NOT TO RECOMMEND THIS PRIOJECT FOR INCLUSION WITHIN AN URBAN GROWTH BOUNDARY (UGB).
It was felt by the GPAC, Maui Planning Commission, and the Planning Department that this project is not in a proper location, and that there were numerous other projects which could satisfy general housing and affordable housing needs in better locations. Furthermore, this project would force additional expenses just to service this more remote site; it would result in higher public infrastructure costs; it traverses a needed transit corridor,
Waikapu Brewers

Mililani, HI

#3 Apr 5, 2010
Gee Jess, We'd like to play ball with you but we don't have any fields.
"In 2008, Spencer Homes, which was developing affordable housing in the area, bulldozed the Waikapu Brewers youth baseball field. The company said the fields were not being maintained and became overgrown and dilapidated during the off-season. That left five youth baseball teams without a field."

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#4 Apr 5, 2010
Jesse Spencer of Spencer Homes said this week that his Ohana Kai Village affordable housing project that he is proposing a few miles down the road in Maalaea "will include first class, well-maintained baseball fields, soccer fields and parks."

More broken promises?
WHY

New Milford, CT

#5 Apr 29, 2010
Hunt resigns as planning director

WAILUKU Maui County Planning Director Jeff Hunt has resigned, Mayor Charmaine Tavares announced Wednesday.
bump

Bedford, TX

#7 Jul 22, 2010
The Ohana Kai project site is served by the adjacent Honoapi`ilani Highway, the single route of access for vehicles traveling between West Maui and Central Maui. Honoapi`ilani is a two-lane highway and the gateway to West Maui. Due to the treacherous Pali, it is a scene of many traffic accidents and time delays. Who is going to approve and construct all the complex highway modifications? How many decades will that take even to get approval? Who will pay for them? The Kihei-Makena Community Plan calls for ALL infrastructure to be present or concurrent before development can occur and Ohana Kai should be held to that same requirement.

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#8 Sep 3, 2010
Spencer Homes has indicated it will seek approval of the project under the STATE'S "fast-track" affordable housing development process, which would exempt Ohana Kai from a number of MAUI county requirements.

It's time to let MAUI decide what's good for MAUI.

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#9 Oct 14, 2010
The developer purchased this land for his project despite opposition from the Planning Department and previous administrations. He hopes to bypass the proposed urban growth boundaries adopted by the General Plan Advisory Committee, which labored for three years to compile the draft Maui Island Plan, and the Maui Planning Commission. Both bodies recommended against the project.

Mr. Spencer's complaints about the environmental impact statement process and having to answer thousands of questions show an arrogant, dismissive attitude toward the planning process and the needs and concerns of others whom that process is meant to protect.

Gary S. Smith
Maalaea Community Association President
WHY

New Milford, CT

#10 Oct 14, 2010
"In an interview, Tavares' opponent in the Nov. 2 general election, former Mayor Alan Arakawa, declined to state his position on Ohana Kai, saying it's not relevant at this time."

Jobs, affordable housing, injection wells, bottleneck to West Maui etc. not relevant at this time?
Elvis

Las Vegas, NV

#11 Oct 19, 2010
Think the economy is bad now? The Ohana Kai Bottleneck at Ma'alaea will hurt the tourist activities in West Maui. But there is a solution ..........
Tourists, come to Las Vegas!
bump

Euless, TX

#12 Oct 30, 2010
West Maui or Las Vegas? Might take you up on that Elvis for our next convention. We'll see what happens.
Waikapu Brewers

Mililani, HI

#13 Nov 27, 2010
Look like Jesse startin up his earth movers again.
Hey, maybe it's our promised ball fields?

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#14 Dec 21, 2010
Maui Tomorrow supports affordable housing
December 21, 2010

Maui Tomorrow recognizes the need for a variety of affordable housing types to provide shelter for Maui's work force and senior citizens.

As Realtors like to say, the issue is location, location, location. Affordable housing should be built in or adjacent to Maui's existing towns, where there is a reliable water supply, existing schools and fire stations, and where these affordable units can hook up to existing sewer lines.

When developers attempt to build affordable housing in rural or agricultural locations, far from infrastructure, the homebuyers and county taxpayers end up paying for the new schools, highways, fire stations, parks and other public facilities such a project requires.

The Maui Island Plan has been recommended by the county Planning Department, the General Plan Advisory Committee and the Maui Planning Commission, with assistance from numerous consultants and hundreds of Maui citizens. This plan includes rural and urban growth boundaries to accommodate planned phased development for the next 20 years.

Projects outside these growth boundaries - such as Jessie Spencer's extensive Ohana Kai project proposed for Maalaea - should be rejected, and projects proposed inside the growth boundaries - such as Alexander & Baldwin's Waiale project near Maui Lani, and Michael Atherton's Waikapu project - should be supported.

Maui Tomorrow Foundation suggests the county ask Mr. Spencer to help build the affordable housing portions of these two projects rather than building the isolated, inappropriately located Ohana Kai at Maalaea. Let's hope the new administration and council agree.

Irene Bowie

Executive Director

Maui Tomorrow Foundation Inc.

Wailuku

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#15 Dec 21, 2010
Maui Tomorrow supports affordable housing
December 21, 2010

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Maui Tomorrow recognizes the need for a variety of affordable housing types to provide shelter for Maui's work force and senior citizens.

As Realtors like to say, the issue is location, location, location. Affordable housing should be built in or adjacent to Maui's existing towns, where there is a reliable water supply, existing schools and fire stations, and where these affordable units can hook up to existing sewer lines.

When developers attempt to build affordable housing in rural or agricultural locations, far from infrastructure, the homebuyers and county taxpayers end up paying for the new schools, highways, fire stations, parks and other public facilities such a project requires.

The Maui Island Plan has been recommended by the county Planning Department, the General Plan Advisory Committee and the Maui Planning Commission, with assistance from numerous consultants and hundreds of Maui citizens. This plan includes rural and urban growth boundaries to accommodate planned phased development for the next 20 years.

Projects outside these growth boundaries - such as Jessie Spencer's extensive Ohana Kai project proposed for Maalaea - should be rejected, and projects proposed inside the growth boundaries - such as Alexander & Baldwin's Waiale project near Maui Lani, and Michael Atherton's Waikapu project - should be supported.

Maui Tomorrow Foundation suggests the county ask Mr. Spencer to help build the affordable housing portions of these two projects rather than building the isolated, inappropriately located Ohana Kai at Maalaea. Let's hope the new administration and council agree.

Irene Bowie

Executive Director

Maui Tomorrow Foundation Inc.

Wailuku

Since: Apr 10

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#16 Dec 25, 2010
Aloha Jesse,

Is this your MUD on Hauoli Street?

Mudhalo,

Why
Why

New Milford, CT

#17 Dec 25, 2010
MUD SLIDE!!!!!!!
Waikapu Brewers

Mililani, HI

#18 Mar 13, 2011
Thanks Mike for stepping up where Spencer fell.
Why

New Milford, CT

#19 May 8, 2011
HERE COME DA JUDGE!

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