FEIS Filed for Pūlehunui Regional Infrastructure Master Plan
A Final Environmental Impact Statement has been filed for a Regional Infrastructure Master Plan at Pūlehunui in Central Maui.
The DHHL Project Areas are located on both sides of Maui Veterans Highway, near the Pu‘unēnē
Armory and Maui Humane Society and encompass a total of 830 acres.
The document was prepared by the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands and includes an analysis of water, wastewater, and key roadways to serve lands located at the site.
The primary purpose is to undertake regional infrastructure master planning on behalf of the four agencies to facilitate the efficient development of these State-owned lands. This approach will facilitate development that is financially and environmentally efficient, maximizing the use of state funds while minimizing environmental impacts.
Pursuant to DHHL’s mission the secondary, supporting purpose is to further define the programmatic land uses anticipated on DHHL’s lands in Pūlehunui in conformance with DHHL’s Maui Island Plan, to provide direct and indirect benefits to DHHL beneficiaries and programs in the form of improved lands and opportunities to pursue revenue generating general leases.
The Master Plan will include technical studies for DHHL’s lands and will incorporate by reference information regarding proposed developments by the Departments of Land and Natural Resources, Accounting and General Services, and Public Safety.
“Literally translated, pūlehu means to broil while nui has such meanings as large, immense, or huge (Pukui & Elbert 1986). Thus, the name Pūlehunui signifies this vast, arid expanse of land,” according to information compiled in the FEIS.
The full FEIS is available here.
Surrounding Proposed Land Uses include the following:
*(as outlined in the FEIS).
- DLNR Industrial and Business Park: The DLNR proposes light industrial/commercial and public/quasi-public uses at DLNR Industrial and Business Park, including the provision of required infrastructure systems. Key components of the plan include development of small, medium, and large lots for light industrial, commercial, government, and nonprofit uses to meet varying needs of future lessees. Lots within the DLNR Industrial and Business Park will be leased to tenants to generate revenue to support DLNR’s programs.
- Division of Forestry and Wildlife Baseyard: As part of the DLNR Industrial and Business Park, the DLNR DOFAW is developing a 20-acre portion of land for use as a baseyard. Similar to the rest of the DLNR Industrial and Business Park, the baseyard will be used to generate long-term revenue. The Final Environmental Assessment for the DOFAW baseyard was published in November 2016 and the project was included in the EIS for the DLNR Industrial and Business Park.
- Maui Regional Public Safety Complex: The Maui Regional Public Safety Complex is proposed to be located on 40-45 acres mauka of the Army HIARNG Pu‘unēnē Armory facility. It is noted that while the DLNR had contemplated an alternative site for the proposed MRPSC within the 280-acre DLNR Industrial and Business Park in the past, the Department of Accounting and General Services and the Department of Public Safety have not expressed interest in the alternative site.
- Pūlehunui Motorsports Park: The County of Maui obtained management and control of 222 acres of state-owned land containing the former Pu‘unēnē airport runway through an Executive Order in 2003. The land is used for recreational purposes, such as the Pūlehunui Motorsports Park and motor bike racing, and is located inland to the east of Maui Veterans Highway in proximity to the Infrastructure Regional Study Area.
- Mahi Pono Acquisition of Former Alexander & Baldwin Lands: In January 2016, sugar plantation Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company, owned by A&B, announced that it would transition away from sugar production by the end of 2016. HC&S was the last plantation remaining from Hawai‘i’s historic sugar industry.
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