Amending Haiku-Paia Community Plan to be topic of gathering

The Maui News

The Haiku Community Association will host a public meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Haiku Community Center for a panel discussion of a proposal to amend the Paia-Haiku Community Plan.

According to the association, the current community plan does not permit residential properties to be used for short-term vacation rentals, yet the County Council passed an ordinance in 2011 allowing a certain amount of short-term rentals in each planning area. The ordinance also set up a permit system.

Department of Planning staff will be present at the meeting and seek public input.

“It’s important that Paia-Haiku residents show up and let the county planners know what the community sees as the best solution,” said Haiku Community Association President Lucienne de Naie.

The meeting also will feature updates from Aha Moku Council Hamakualoa Moku head Joyclynn Costa, County Council Members Alika Atay and Don Guzman and state Rep. Lynn DeCoite. And there will be a presentation on master planning for the 267-acre Hamakua open space land, Giggle Hill playground maintenance and progress on restoring bathroom facilities at the Haiku Community Center.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. Light pupu will be served.

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