Land shaved to five feetBy DENNIS WILKEN
TGI Staff Writer
KILAUEA — There’s been a leveling of intensity in the
controversial berm issue surrounding a site north of Kuhio Highway and just
south of old Kilauea town.
The property, owned by James Pflueger, was
bounded, behind existing shrubbery, by a large berm that drew the ire of North
Shore community activists.
But as of Monday, the berm, which blocked ocean
views from the highway, was being graded back down to the five-foot height
approved by the Kaua’i County engineer’s office in a grading permit earlier
In a letter dated July 20, deputy county engineer Ian K. Costa
told Pflueger that the berm did not correspond to the approved drawings, in
* They show a setback of 10 feet from the toe of the berm to the
property line, whereas the actual toe of the graded berms is located at the
property line with little or no setback.
* And the approved drawings show a
maximum height of five feet for the proposed berms, whereas the actual height
of the constructed berms ranges from a minimum of five feet to a maximum of 12
to 15 feet.
Further, Costa advised that either the permit drawings would
“need to be amended to reflect conditions at the project site, or the site
conditions will need to be corrected to match the approved drawings.”
addition, Costa advised Pflueger that the minimum setback for higher berms is
six feet, and to deviate from that would require approval from abutting
Pflueger could not be reached for comment. But if actions speak
louder than words, it appeared Monday that he was reshaping the berms and
setbacks to match the permit he applied for months ago.
The grading permit
fee for the project, as approved, was $1,400. But, according to Costa’s letter,
the much larger berms would have required a fee of $25,000.
writer Dennis Wilken can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 252) and
A bulldozer shaves off the top of the Kilauea
berm that blocked the view of the ocean from the highway.