Commission revisits resort proposals

LIHUE — Developers behind two resorts proposed for Kauai’s Eastside could soon be one step closer to seeing the projects move forward.

During its meeting today, the Kauai Planning Commission will be briefed on a project design review for the proposed Coconut Beach Resort in Waipouli. The developer, Coconut Beach Development, LLC, is looking to build an apartment hotel complex with 343 multi-family units, 6 hotel rooms, 565 parking stalls, a cultural preserve area and beach access paths.

In an Oct. 27 report, Deputy Planning Director Dee Crowell recommended approval of the design review based on the applicant’s revised site plan.

The commission will also review an annual status report for the other project proposed by Coconut Plantation Owners, LLC. That project calls for 192 multi-family units, 6 hotel rooms, 386 parking spaces, a cultural preserve area and beach access paths.

The 12-acre Coconut Plantation Village is to be built on the north side of the Courtyard by Marriott at Waipouli Beach resort, while the 20-acre Coconut Beach Resort is to be built on a beach between the Courtyard by Marriott Kauai at Waipouli Beach, and the Kauai Coast Resort at the Beachboy.

Over the years, the pair of projects has drawn fire from local residents with concerns about traffic congestion and a lack of open space.

Kapaa resident Deborah Nantais saids the impact of a high density resort without supporting infrastructure would cause an overload of traffic problems.

“My only question is can we ‘afford’ another mega resort without infrastructure improvements prior to buildout and who will ultimately pay for them?” she wrote.

As previously reported, the two developers have set aside between $3.5 million to $5 million that state officials may use to make road improvements on Kuhio Highway between the Wailua River and areas near the northern end of Kapaa town.

Today’s meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the Lihue Civic Center, Moikeha Building, Meeting Room 2A-2B.

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