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New Maui Land and Property Developments

The Maui County Council plays it safe when considering future development plans.
June 08, 2012

New Maui Land and Property Developments

Maui Real Estate Investment

By Mark Harbison

When you consider a real estate investment, especially if you plan to live in it, getting a sense of future developments is always important. Things change, and when you take as big a step as buying a home or condo on Maui, an ocean away from the mainland, you want to feel secure in your choices.

If South Maui interests you, some recent news on development should be worth your attention. Maui County Council members were considering the inclusion of several hundred acres of land in Pulehunui for development in the draft Maui Island Plan. South Maui residents were concerned about traffic and losing the boundary between Kihei and Kahului, but state officials said that state land to the east of Mokulele Highway would raise revenue for agencies like the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) and the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR). Both own land in that area.

A recent General Plan Committee meeting included the testimony of over 25 individuals, including a Maui District land agent for the DLNR who suggested that solar farms could be built there, along with other projects that could generate revenue. A Kihei Community Association board member and co-chairman of its planning committee suggested that the Puunene land be designated as a park.

After considering the testimonies from individuals and the DHHL and DLNR, the Maui County Council committee decided against the new urban growth boundary areas. Apparently, their plans for development weren't specific enough. Also, there were too many concerns about traffic implications for Mokulule Highway, which gets a lot of use from visitors and has always been surrounded by open agricultural land. Less traffic should be looked on favorably for anyone considering a Kihei ​home or condo purchase.

We'll have to wait and see what unfolds in future developments with regard to the planning process, but in the meantime, it's good to know the committee is careful to think through potential changes very carefully.

Blogs for June 2012

Maui Niu Festival at the Grand Wailea

Posted on June 29, 2012
Maui Niu Festival at the Grand Wailea

By Mark Harbison

Looking for an interesting and diverting event to take your mind off your worries? There are always interesting events on Maui, and this one is located at the Grand Wailea Hotel, which is situated on an amazingly beautiful Wailea beachfront property that… Continue Reading

Rotary Club Scholarship Awards to Maui Students

Posted on June 22, 2012
Rotary Club Scholarship Awards to Maui Students

By Mark Harbison

Outside our work as Maui real estate agents, we are active in the Kihei-Wailea Rotary Club, and it's nice to hear what the other chapters around the island are accomplishing for all the various communities here. Maui is a small island, and… Continue Reading

The Present and Future of Clean Maui Air

Posted on June 15, 2012
The Present and Future of Clean Maui Air

By Mark Harbison

The subject of air quality at Haleakala National Park has come up recently, and most people from the mainland might laugh, considering how much cleaner the air is in the middle of the Pacific than in most other states, but we… Continue Reading

New Maui Land and Property Developments

Posted on June 08, 2012
New Maui Land and Property Developments

By Mark Harbison

When you consider a real estate investment, especially if you plan to live in it, getting a sense of future developments is always important. Things change, and when you take as big a step as buying a home or condo on Maui, an… Continue Reading

South Maui Triathlon Approaches

Posted on June 01, 2012
South Maui Triathlon Approaches

By Mark Harbison

The South Maui Triathlon is back this year, and scheduled for Sunday, June 10th in gorgeous Wailea. Participants will get a colorful t-shirt along with a complimentary massage, and finishers will be awarded a medallion. There will also be awards for three overall athletes, both… Continue Reading

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