Updates to SMA and Shoreline Rules: Last Tuesday, the Maui Planning Commission had a very long meeting where they received a significant amount of testimony regarding updates to the SMA and Shoreline rule that are being considered. The intent was for the Maui Planning Commission to begin deliberation and decision making that same day, but upon the conclusion of public testimony around 5:30 p.m., they were forced to adjourn the meeting due to technical issues. This means that the MPC will be having a special meeting on December 6th, where they will pick up where they left off. This means public testimony is closed, but they’ll likely make some decision. Based on public testimony and the tone of the questions, I think it is a safe bet that the rules will need to undergo a little more review and revision before being adopted. Notwithstanding, I think there is a strong desire from all sides to get updated rules in place within the next 6 months or so. The main point of contention seems to be the accuracy of the Hawaii Sea Level Rise Viewer, and the negative implications that could arise from its use in law.
Challenging Election Results Ain’t Just for the Mainland: Results in the race for the Maui County Council’s Wailuku-Waihee-Waikapu Seat are currently being challenged in the Hawaii Supreme Court. I am doubtful that the results will be overturned, but it is unfortunate for Alice Lee that her win will be mired by controversy. Regardless, this whole thing should make us reflect on the need for laws that make it easier for people to vote, and easier for officials to make sure those votes are counted and cured if necessary.
Giving Season: One thing I love about the REALTOR community is how generous you are! With a lot of help from you all, we were able to raise $2,225 for the Maui Family YMCA for #GivingTuesday. That is awesome, I am grateful, and I want to encourage you all to keep being generous. Maui has an abundance of nonprofit organizations that do important and necessary work, and an overabundance of folks who rely on their services. Please give what you can, when you can. Whether that is service, money, or just raising awareness in conversations with friends, it all helps. Remember, “a person is a person through other persons.” Let me know if you need some help figuring out who to give to.