Council committee defers action on grading violations

The Kauai County Council’s Planning Committee yesterday deferred action on matters related to grading violations on Jimmy Pflueger’s property in Pila’a in Kilauea and alleged grading violations in Moloa’a.

During council committee meetings at the historic County Building, planning committee chairman Randal Valenciano said both matters have been repeatedly deferred to allow for more public discussion.

He said it was unlikely the matters would be resolved by the outgoing council and that they will be picked up after Dec. 2 when new council members take office.

But Kaua’i resident Andy Parx complained that, with the exception of county attorney Hartwell Blake, no other official with Mayor Maryanne Kusaka’s administration attended the meeting. County planning director Dee Crowell, however, was on hand but was not called by the council.

Parx also wanted more information about any county investigation into alleged grading violations in Moloa’a.

“I really want to know what is going on in the investigation,” Parx said.

Kaua’i County has flied a civil lawsuit against Pflueger, Pflueger Properties and Pila’a 400 for violating Special Management Area (SMA) laws at a Pila’a development site.

Last November, run-off from unpermitted grading on Pflueger’s’ property in Pila’a Bay flooded a road that led to the homes of Amy Marvin and others.

The work on the road caused a major landslide that dumped mud around the home of Marvin and her family, and poured into parts of Pila’a Bay. In recent months, Pflueger has agreed to a multi-million remediation plan that has been applauded by the council and Marvin.

Related to allegations of unpermitted grading in Moloa’a, Kaua’i resident Richard Stauber also complained there was a lack of information about any county investigation into the matter.

The county has made headway with the Pflueger violations, but the same can’t be said about the Moloa’a concerns, he said.

“There is silence. We won’t hear anything coming from the other direction,” Stauber said.

The council’s committee of the whole also deferred action on matters related to the Kauai Resource Center by the Lihue Airport.

To concerns raised by Kapa’a resident Glenn Mickens about delays on the matter, councilman Kaipo Asing said he asked for recent deferrals to do more research.

Council chair Ron Kouchi has wanted more information on materials that have been diverted at the center.

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