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HI - Hawai'i Supreme Court Upholds Coastal Zone Management Act in Kahoma Case

In a 5-0 decision, the Hawai’i Supreme Court recently upheld the integrity of the Coastal Zone Management Act in a case involving the Kahoma Village Project in West Maui.

In a 5-0 decision, the Hawai’i Supreme Court recently upheld the integrity of the Coastal Zone Management Act in a case involving the Kahoma Village Project in West Maui.

While the project was already approved years ago through fast track provisions, and construction is complete, attorney for residents, Lance D. Collins says he’s hopeful that the developer and county will be willing to sit and work out a solution.

The 203 unit project was proposed in 2012 by Stanford Carr Development south of Kahoma Stream in Lahaina.

In 2013, a Final Environmental Assessment was filed with a finding of no significant impact. According to the document a Market Study concluded that the project would address future population growth and the need for housing as economic recovery occurs.

A year later, in 2014, the Maui County Council approved a resolution exempting the development from certain laws related to the 201H “fast track” statute for affordable projects. According to Collins, the developer subsequently applied for a Special Management Area permit due to the proximity of the development to the shoreline.

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