Planning Commission closes hearing on Princeville project

With closure of a public hearing yesterday, the Kaua’i County Planning Commission is ready to take action on a proposal by the Association of Apartment Owners of the Cliffs at Princeville for a new administration building and other improvements by the Alii Kai condominium project at Princeville.

The commission closed the hearing during a meeting at the Lihu’e Civic Center and will make a decision within 60 days.

The association seeks a project development use permit, a special management area use permit and a Class IV Zoning permit for its project, to be developed on a smaller portion of a 21-acre lot.

To accommodate time-share uses at the 202-residential condominium project, the association wants to build a new administration and guest facility building.

The structure would be located across a main internal roadway from the property’s entrance driveway.

The association also proposes to modify two existing recreational faculties and to use a recreational unit and part of an existing recreational building for temporary office and check-in facilities during construction.

Jonathan Chun, a Kaua’i attorney representing the association, said two existing tennis courts would be removed to accommodate the construction of the building.

Plans call for the continued use of two existing tennis courts and the construction of a third, Chun said.

The association is proposing to build another 57 parking stalls for a total of 262 stalls.

The issue of the number of parking stalls to be built has been a sticking point with the county, Chun said.

When the county granted approvals for the project in 1979, the developer was supposed to build 335 parking stalls, Chun said. For whatever reason, only 205 stalls were built.

But because many of the units at the condominium project are now mainly used for time-share purposes, there is no need to build 335 parking stalls, Chun said.

G. F. Hutton, the developer of the project, offered the only opposition to the association’s proposed project, contending he was not given proper notice about Tuesday’s meeting.

He also contended the bylaws of the condominium project didn’t allow the association to file its proposal with the county.

At the condominium project, Hutton owns two units and the equivalent of 2 1/2 units in time-share interests, Chun said.

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