Action deferred on Kahoma Village project

The Maui County Council’s Land Use Committee deferred action Wednesday on the proposed 203-home Kahoma Village fast-track affordable housing project.

The committee heard testimony from 22 people at a morning site inspection in Lahaina and from 20 people in the Council Chambers in the afternoon, according to committee staff.

The panel’s next meeting is Jan. 22, and the committee is expected to continue its review of the project then.

Because the development is seeking fast-track land use approvals, the council has 45 days, or until Feb. 13, to take action. The project is seeking exemptions from zoning and other development standards, subject to council approval.

The project’s 21.6 acres in West Maui are makai of Honoapiilani Highway and bordered by Front Street, the Kahoma-Kai Stream Bridge, Kenui Street and Honoapiilani Highway.

Plans call for a little more than half of the project homes to be built as multifamily units, meeting the county’s affordable housing criteria, with the remaining 101 units proposed as single-family, market-rate units. The project includes three private parks with a total area of 1.75 acres.

Construction is expected to take two years and cost $60 million.

The Kahoma Village project is separate from an earlier council-approved project called the Kahoma Residential Subdivision. That 68-home project mauka of Honoapiilani Highway was approved as a fast-track development by the council in December 2011.