Updated Molokai island plan closer to final approval

New plan calls for maintaining Molokai’s rural character, farming

Maui County Council members gave the updated Molokai Community Plan its initial approval Friday.

The revised plan moves on the second-and-final reading at a council meeting in December.

The Molokai plan underwent a public hearing Friday at the Kaunakakai Elementary School cafeteria with mostly positive comments from about a dozen testifiers, according to Department of Planning Director Michele McLean.

The bill would repeal and replace the old Molokai community plan, last updated in 2001. The new plan has been in the revision process since 2014.

Copies of revised plan measure are available at the Office of the County Clerk on the seventh floor of the county building at 200 S. High St. in Wailuku. The bill also may be reviewed at the Molokai Council District Office at 100 Ainoa St. in Kaunakakai. And, it’s available by visiting mauicounty.gov/MolokaiCommunityPlan.

The updated plan calls for maintaining Molokai’s rural character and traditional Hawaiian farming and subsistence living while addressing climate-change concerns. It includes policy statements for the east and west ends of the island and changes the document’s name to “Molokai Island Community Plan.”

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