The state Land Use Commission (LUC) voted unanimously today in a show cause motion hearing to reopen the file and further examine the status of the disputed use of the Pi'ilani Promenade and Maui Outlets property, two proposed malls in Kihei.
Six of the nine-member body heard testimony, reviewed the file and voted to further examine the issue in a full-blown evidentiary hearing. A quorum is five of the nine members.
The well-attended hearing took place at the Royal Lahaina Resort in the Maui Ballroom.
Opponents of the project claim it has not received any public review for more than 20 years and has changed significantly from its original purpose-so much that it no longer complies with conditions as then stipulated by the LUC when the entitlements were originally granted.
Advocates say that all the entitlements received in past years remain legal and that the current project, although somewhat different, remains within the law and complies with the original conditions. They asserted that the case should not be reopened.
"We respect the decision of the state Land Use Commission and appreciate the thorough nature of today's proceedings," said Tom Blackburn-Rodriguez, spokesperson for Pi'ilani Promenade and Hono'oulu Partners. "It is important to point out that in making their decision, the commissioners emphasized they were not making a judgment on the project. We look forward to the opportunity to present additional information in the next stage of the proceeding and we expect a positive outcome. We will continue to work with the commission and with the community as we move forward."
The matter is listed by its original name, Ka'ono'ulu Ranch, with the docket number A94-706. Portions of the property are also referred to as Pi'ilani North and South, and Honua'ula (formerly called Wailea 670). The project is headed by Eclipse Development of Irvine, California.
Pi'ilani Promenade is made up of roughly 88 acres on Pi'ilani Highway in Khei and is currently in the pre-development phase and doing pre-leasing for spaces from 1,000 square feet to 160,000 square feet.