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Workforce housing council’s top priority?

What’s going on! During their 2018 election campaign, all nine council members listed workforce housing and jobs as their top priority! Are council members going to stand by their word?

The council’s planning committee is currently deliberating on a 100 percent workforce housing proposal consisting of 28 single-family homes in Kihei that is targeted for local families who are first-time homeowners and live and work in Maui County. Federal guidelines (HUD) set the price range by income.

The developers, born and raised in Hawaii and graduates of Lahainaluna, Molokai and St. Louis high schools, recently completed a 100 percent (33 three- and four-bedroom project within the Ka’anapali resort and are currently under construction) with a 100 percent project of 42 one- and two-bedroom condominiums in Napili. All for local families!

In 2018, The council majority decided to initiate a resolution to zone the property residential to match the current community plan. The Kihei council member voted against the resolution. In 2019, the planning commission gave their approval and referred it to the council. Once again, the Kihei council member is trying to delay the project.

A no vote punishes local families who want the chance to own their own home!

A no vote because “workforce housing devalues neighboring properties” tells local families they don’t matter!

A no vote sends the wrong message to our young people, who someday hope to raise a family and stay on Maui!

Tom Cook

Kihei

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