As we reported previously, the Wai’anae community won a major victory by stopping the proposed industrial park encroachment into agricultural land in Lualualei. The struggle is not over however. The landowner may try again to rezone the property, and a parallel struggle is taking place over the Wai’anae Sustainable Community Plan, which was modified in its latest draft to include the spot zoning of industrial land at the Tropic Land site and a proposed highway through Lualualei via Pohakea Pass. The Pohakea pass was slipped into the plan after it had been debated extensively by the community. It reveals the long term goals of the politicians and developers to bank on a future industrial corridor through Lualualei.
There is already an access road through Lualualei via Kolekole Pass. If the Navy and Army opened up access, it could serve to alleviate the traffic congestion around the Kahe Point area.
Meanwhile, it is a good time to begin knocking on the Navy’s door to close down Lualualei Naval Communications Center and Naval Magazine to convert it into sustainable civilian uses.
Lualualei has some of the richest agricultural soil in Hawai’i. The amazing results of MA’O farms is a testament to the productivity of this ‘aina and the potential for food sovereignty.
Land Use Commission denies industrial park petition
Apr 25, 2011 – 09:25 AM | by Samson Kaala Reiny
The State Land Use Commission has denied Tropic Land LLC’s petition to allow a light industrial park’s construction on Lualualei valley farmland.
Of the eight Commissioners present (absent was Maui Rep. Lisa Judge), three –- Normand Lezy, Charles Jencks, and Ronald Heller –- denied the motion for approval made by Duane Kanuha. Land boundary amendments require a supermajority of six votes for approval.
Nanakuli industrial park dead
A refusal to alter the site’s zoning scuttles a project planned for Lualualei Valley
Plans to establish an industrial park in Nanakuli were derailed Thursday when the project’s developer failed to win enough state Land Use Commission votes to change the zoning.
The land, once used to grow sugar cane, is now zoned for preservation.
The 96-acre project in Lualualei Valley had drawn some opposition for furthering conversion of farmland in the area but also had won praise for its promise to create jobs and business opportunities in an economically disadvantaged region.