Permit approval for Waiohai reconsidered on Thursday

LIHU’E – The Kaua’i Planning Commission around 9 a.m. tomorrow will take up a

request to reconsider the commission’s approval of permits necessary for

Marriott Ownership Resort, Inc. to tear down the former Waiohai Hotel along

Po’ipu Beach and rebuild it into a timeshare resort.

Attorneys for Marriott

at the May 25 meeting, during a recess, asked Commission Chair Gary Baldwin if

they could withdraw their application, Baldwin told The Garden Island.

The

commission approved permits with conditions including a nonstop, two-year

construction period that Marriott officials said earlier would probably keep

the project from being done due to cost.

The commission at that May 25

meeting approved a motion to reconsider the approval, and for lack of a quorum

at the June 8 meeting deferred action on the reconsideration to

tomorrow.

Baldwin explained that the commission’s options, with the

required majority four votes, are to:

* Reaffirm support for the original

approval of permits with conditions;

* Deny the permits.

Lacking four

votes either way, the original motion stands, to approve county Planning

Department recommendations with conditions as amended (which passed

unanimously), Baldwin said.

At 8 a.m. tomorrow, the commission’s

Subdivision Committee is expected to vote on final subdivision approval for the

Kealia Plantation Company, LLC (limited liability company) proposed development

near Kealia Beach.

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