Makila Land Co. has complied with requirements
A Dec. 10 letter in The Maui News claimed that a number of West Maui developments, including subdivisions by Makila Land Co., have avoided complying with the county’s park dedication requirements. The writer’s statements are simply not true.
All subdivisions which create three or more new lots must comply with the county’s park dedication requirements. Compliance can be achieved via dedication of improved park land (500 square feet per lot) or payment of an in-lieu fee (currently $23,730 per lot in West Maui). The choice between land or payment of an in-lieu fee is left to the parks director.
Makila Land Co. has complied with the subdivision requirements and paid over $1.1 million in park fees. In 2008, Makila offered to construct and privately maintain a 2-acre community park that was three and a half times the amount of land required for the pending subdivisions. The Parks Department refused the offer and required payment of the in-lieu fee.
Makila previously constructed the overflow parking lot at Launiupoko Beach Park and built a 2.5-mile paved bikeway through the Launiupoko community, both of which were above and beyond the park dedication requirements.
The amount of land that the letter writer is suggesting to be donated (186 acres) represents the area that would be required for a 16,000-unit development. Makila has paid the park fees for the lots created to date and will comply with the park requirements for future subdivisions.
West Maui Land Co.