State officials reject Olowalu development plan

State officials reject Olowalu development plan

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - A proposal to build 1,500 homes in the Maui community of Olowalu has come to a halt after state officials rejected the developer's environmental assessment.

The Maui News reports that the Land Use Commission voted Monday to turn down the draft final environmental impact statement. Commissioners cited shortfalls with information regarding potential impacts on traffic, cultural resources and archaeological sites.

Project developer Bill Frampton says the environmental assessment was done in "good faith." He didn't say whether his team would appeal the decision.

State regulations give developers 60 days to appeal to the Hawaii Environmental Council.

Frampton's development plan would include homes, stores, and schools. He said the development would better serve families in Olowalu looking for affordable homes.

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