Turtle Bay downsizes hotel development plan

By Brooks Baehr - bio | email

KAHUKU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Oahu's Turtle Bay Resort has released an outline of its new development plan. The new master plan calls for fewer hotel units but includes several hundred "resort homes," something not found in the original plans.

The plans are described on an Internet web page.

To view the new plans click on the link below.

The web page says Turtle Bay's goal is to "develop and manage the turtle bay lands in a holistic manner drawing inspiration from the traditional Ahupua'a model of sustainability and respect for the environmental, cultural, social, and economic elements."

The old plan called for 2,500 hotel units and 1,000 residential units. That is a total of three-thousand five-hundred units.

The revised plan includes 625 hotel units. They would be split between two new structures to be built on either side of the existing hotel. And now the plan calls for what are described as 590 "resort homes." There would also be 160 "community" or affordable homes.

That is a total of 1,375 hotel units and homes, 2,125 fewer than in the original design.

The web page says the homes will be set back 300 feet from the ocean at Kawela Bay. It says 77% of all lands will be kept as open space in one form or another. Open space includes farmland, parks, the two existing golf course, and the shoreline setbacks.

The web site includes maps to illustrate location and size of the proposed developments.

Hawaii News Now was unsuccessful in its attempts to contact resort management Monday night.

Shortly before 10 pm State Representative Gil Riviere called the newsroom.

"I want to commend the owners for their work in engaging the community. But the bottom line, we are still looking at about half of the 3,500 units that were originally proposed and I am very concerned about the potential impacts particularly the traffic impacts and the effects on endangered species like monk seals," Riviere said.

Riviere is a longtime member and leader of Keep The Country Country, now called Keep The North Shore Country.

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