Committee Recommends County Pursue Acquisition of Napili House to Turn “Lemons into Lemonade” | News, Sports, Jobs

WAILUKU — A Maui County Council committee last week recommended passing a resolution allowing the county to acquire eminent domain of Greg Brown’s controversial eight-bedroom, 45-foot-tall home that , according to residents, received erroneous development approvals and does not match Napili. neighborhood character,” said council member Michael J. Molina.

The Government, Relations, Ethics and Transparency Committee, which Molina chairs, has met eight times in the past year to hear from members of the public and county officials about concerns about the compliance with the rules of the Special Management Area – which is the sole responsibility of the Maui Planning Commission. jurisdiction – and the administration’s rescinding of stop work orders that temporarily halted construction.

The committee recommended adoption of Resolution 22-158, introduced this month by West Maui Council Member Tamara Paltin, which states that the half-acre property at 5385 Lower Honoapiilani Road “should be used as a public building for Hawaiian cultural education or other public purposes.”

“Acquiring the property and converting it to public use could be a way for the county to solve the neighbors’ problems,” said Molina, who holds the council seat of the Makawao-Haiku-Paia residence area.

“While the board does not have authority over SMA permits, stop work orders, or other issues that have been raised, we do have the ability to authorize the administration to go to Second Circuit Court and to acquire the property by eminent domain.”

Witnesses described the home as unattractive and likely intended for transient vacation rental (TVR) use, Molina said. He noted that in response to residents’ concerns, the council last year enacted Ordinance 5233 to limit building heights to 35 feet and ban new TVRs in the Napili Bay Civic Improvement District.

“Today’s committee action was turning lemons into lemonade,” Molina said. “I thank the residents throughout the county who testified today in support of the action to acquire the property for the benefit of Maui County.”

The fair market value of the property has not been determined and a budget amendment by council may be required.

Acquiring property by negotiation led by the mayor, rather than by eminent domain, is also possible, he said.

For more information, contact committee staff at [email protected] or (808) 270-7838.

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