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Keep eye on Couch

April 14, 2011
Maui Weekly

It started in August 2010 with a fast-track affordable housing project, 30 percent short of water and no North-South Collector Road. Not to mention that it’s a rezoning from 47 single-family residential homes to 120 multi-family units/condominiums.

[A proposed new development, Kaiwahine Village, would add 120 new affordable housing units to North Kīhei. Because Kaiwahine Village applied under the state’s “fast-track” approval process for affordable housing developments, the Maui County Council has just a few weeks to make a decision on the project.]

Our roads here are rated “F”—truly not good. The taxpayers will be paying the bills forever. That’s the thing about fast-tracking.

The vote was 5-4. Don Couch voted to pass it, while Elle Cochran cried. Our heroes from the County Council are Joseph Pontanilla, Riki Hokama, Elle Cochran and Danny Mateo.

Our South Side representative could have made a difference, but he voted for it and not the people. How very sad indeed.

And what about the Kīhei Community Association, which also said no to it the proposed Kaiwahine Village? Hey, what happened?

Just how many times can we let him drop the ball? Let’s keep track and when voting time comes, remember.



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