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Jun 06

PRESS RELEASE: Amendments to Maui Island Plan implementation program referred to committee

Posted on June 6, 2014 at 3:11 PM by Office of Council Services

WAILUKU, Hawaii – Amendments to the Maui Island Plan implementation program proposed by council members were referred to the Planning Committee at the June 6 council meeting, Councilmember Donald G. Couch, Jr. announced today.

“It took years of work and many hours of deliberation by volunteer board members, the council and its committees to finally get the Maui Island Plan fully enacted,” said Couch, who as chair of the Planning Committee presided over four meetings on the implementation program. “I thank the public for their valuable input.” 

Couch had proposed to include additional information on potential funding sources for infrastructure improvements in the plan. He also proposed considering changes in legislation relating to the county’s discretion on outdated documents and the role of the planning director in land use applications. 

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May 12

Chair's 3 Minutes: Hearing on Maui Island Plan implementation program set

Posted on May 12, 2014 at 11:41 AM by Office of Council Services

Published on The Maui News May 11, 2013
By DONALD G. COUCH JR., for The Maui News

Following extensive discussions by its Planning Committee, the Maui County Council will hold a public hearing Wednesday at 6 p.m. to consider a proposed bill to adopt the Maui Island Plan's long-range implementation program.

The long-awaited implementation program is the final component and 10th chapter of the Maui Island Plan. The first nine chapters took effect on Dec. 28, 2012, pursuant to Ordinance 4004.

MIP Implementation

The Maui Island Plan is one of the major components of the county's General Plan 2030 project and follows adoption of the Countywide Policy Plan four years ago. The Maui Island Plan implementation program will be used for county departments' strategic planning, and will chart a course for their goals and operations in delivering services and projects.

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Apr 25

Comments on proposed budget submitted to committee

Posted on April 25, 2014 at 8:00 PM by Office of Council Services

Property valuations have increased, resulting in over $20 million dollars revenue at current tax rates.  The Mayor’s proposal increases current tax rates by 6.5 percent and adds another $15 million to his budget.

Couch and White

In addition to eliminating the mayor’s 6.5 percent increase, I have also chosen to reduce the taxpayer’s rate and make cuts to the general fund by over $18 million.  I have also reduced Capital Improvement Projects by $9 million.

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