Molokai Ranch shares information on Important Agricultural Lands designation it is seeking from state.
At today’s regular meeting, the Molokai Planning Commission will look at flood map changes and consider two exemptions to Special Management Area rules.
Beginning at noon at the Mitchell Pau’ole Center, the MoPC will hold a workshop on proposed flood maps for Maui County, Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Land and Natural Resources.
Commissioners will also receive an update on the Molokai Community Plan from the Long Range Division of the Maui County Planning Department.
The MoPC will consider offering an SMA exemption for Esta Bien, LLC for a condo loft expansion in Kaluakoi. The application calls for a 108 square-foot expansion of a loft in an existing condo unit at 255 Kepuhi Place. The project is valued at $4,500.
Francine Pactol Kaahanui has submitted a request for an after-the-fact SMA assessment for improvements to a Kawela property. The work involves a 612 square-foot carport addition and a 30 square-foot half-bathroom addition to the existing 748 square-foot single family dwelling.
Wrap-up of previous Molokai Planning Commission meeting
At the last MoPC meeting held Jan. 26, the commissioners unanimously approved an SMA exemption for Michael Bond to construct a main farm dwelling, garage septic system, 10,000 gallon water tank for fire suppression, landscaping and a driveway on approximately 6.35 acres of vacant land at 4486 Pohakuloa Road in Kaluakoi.
Bond agreed to have an archeological monitor present at the site where he will be building a main dwelling, a one-story post and pier structure with a covered area of approximately 5,884 square feet. The living area will be approximately 3,378 square feet, have a covered deck area of approximately 2,506 square feet, along with a garage/workshop area of 720 square feet.
Peter Nicholas, CEO of Molokai Properties Limited, better known as Molokai Ranch, presented information on the designation of 5,000 acres of its lands in West Molokai as Important Agricultural Lands. This contested case will still need to go to the State Land Use Commission for a formal decision.
When asked why MPL is requesting the designation, Nicholas said this is the only way to guarantee that the land is permanently protected as agricultural land.
“There’s nothing in it for us,” said Nicholas. Uncle Jimmy Duvauchelle, longtime operator of Pohakuloa Ranch that leases land from Molokai Ranch, will be the beneficiary of this decision. Nicholas said the emergence of the market for grass-fed beef will improve Uncle Jimmy’s business, along with two other Maui ranchers who lease land from MPL.
While this designation will allow for the equivalent of 15 percent of the conservation land to be used for urbanization, Nicholas said they have waived their rights to modify the land.