The Maui News - A developer is moving ahead with plans to build an 86-acre, $20 million heavy industrial subdivision near the old Pu'unene Airport.
CMBY 2011 Investment has finished a draft environmental assessment, and last week, the developer's representatives sought comment on the proposed project from members of the Maui Planning Commission.
Commission members sought and received reassurances that the project would not foul groundwater with its private wastewater systems. They also urged the property owner to install and use solar and wind power systems and to provide security for the property.
One of the uses of the site would be for a construction and demolition landfill.
The project would be located off Mokulele Highway, roughly midway between Kahului and north Kihei. The site would be accessed via the highway and Kama'aina Road. Plans call for subdividing the property to create 28 lots, 9 acres for a drainage retention basin and 11 acres for an internal roadway system.
The development will need a state land use district boundary amendment from agricultural to urban from the state Land Use Commission and a community plan amendment and change of zoning from agricultural to heavy industrial from the Maui County Council.
The project's land use and subdivision approval process is estimated to take four to five years, with construction expected to begin in 2016. The project is expected to generate 65 direct and indirect jobs during construction and 142 jobs after it's completed in 10 years.