Planning panel OKs A&B Wailea to adjust uses in 3 parcels

Each plot’s acreage, zoning designation area is unchanged

WAILUKU — The Maui Planning Commission has voted to allow Alexander & Baldwin Wailea LLC to adjust proposed uses within three different parcels in Wailea.

The Wailea Resort Planned Development includes a 46.2-acre parcel makai of Piilani Highway, an 11-acre parcel across from the Wailea Gateway Center and a 3.9-acre parcel above the Residence Inn Maui Wailea.

A&B Wailea asked to change some of the uses — while keeping the acreage the same — within the different parcels. The move will:

• Transfer 3 acres of A-1 apartment land and 3.9 acres of A-2 apartment land to the 46.2-acre parcel along the highway, making it more residential (a total of 38.2 acres of apartment-zoned land).

• Transfer 3 acres of B-2 business land to the 11-acre parcel across from the Wailea Gateway Center, making it more commercially focused (a total of 8.4 acres of business-zoned land).

• Change the 3.9-acre parcel above the Residence Inn from A-2 apartment to B-2 business.

The total acreage for each of the three parcels and the total acreages for each of the zoning designations does not change. Commission members unanimously approved the request.

“Piilani (Highway) is actually going to continue south at Wailea Ike, so we’re going to have an intersection there,” commission member Law-rence Carnicelli said. “So it makes sense to put the business and the open space on that corner and then to move the residential onto the 46-acre parcel, and then to move the business down where there’s already the town center.”

Commission member Christian Tackett agreed. “It looks like traffic flow with the business and residential is probably going to work better that way,” he said.

A&B Wailea will need to seek a special management area use permit once plans are solidified. While officials say they have no specific details or timetable yet — which commission member Keaka Robinson said he didn’t buy — Randy Endo of A&B Properties Hawaii said at a Feb. 13 meeting that plans could include a “grocery-anchored commercial center” and possibly a gas station.

On Tuesday, Planning Director Will Spence also informed the commission of two recently approved emergency special management area permits — one for Hale Ono Loa condominiums in Napili to construct protective measures against a large sinkhole found on the property, and another for Paia property owner Ryan Churchill to stabilize a seawall fronting his property at 569 Hana Highway.

The department can issue emergency permits when a structure is in “imminent danger.”

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