MAUI COUNTY PLANNING COMMISION: ENFORCE GUIDELINES ADDRESSING COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN MAUI'S SMALL TOWNS.
Rock & Brews intends to reconstruct and open a new themed restaurant in the town of Paia.
Whereas we the Undersigned support the revitalization of Paia’s commercial spaces, in particular the re-construction of the former Jacques’ Bistro location, we believe the scope of Rock & Brews’ construction efforts mandates public input based under the existing SMA Major requirements. We understand the Paia Merchants Association has questioned the accuracy of the proposed construction cost estimates. We also understand the Planning Department confirmed the project’s proposed construction cost estimates based solely on a letter provided by Rock & Brews’ project architect. Furthermore, we the Undersigned question how Rock & Brew’s proposed theme of “being back stage at a rock concert” fits into the history, culture and architecture of Paia as a Hawaii North Shore small town. Our concerns are that the greater Paia community’s public interest is being subordinated to purely commercial purposes.
We therefore respectfully request that the Planning Commission ensure the permitting approval process follows stated ordinances which mandate public dialog where warranted by the size of the intended project. We respectfully ask
i) the Planning Commission to obtain factual verification of the project’s proposed construction cost estimates from a qualified, and impartial third party professional. We believe the project’s true value will be cause for an SMA Major process that requires a public forum with the Planning Commission that has to date been avoided by the Rock and Brew’s principals.
ii) the Planning Commission to verify the design, appearance and operating plan to ensure the Rock and Brews project will be in keeping with Paia’s current architecture and community.