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Commission’s Draft West Maui Community Plan available online

By Staff | Feb 5, 2021

WAILUKU — The Maui Planning Commission’s draft of the West Maui Community Plan has been posted on the West Maui Community Plan Update website, the Department of Planning announced.

The public can view and download the plan by visiting https://westmauidraftplanreview.wearemaui.org and clicking on the “Draft Plan” tab. The PDF document includes a Letter of Transmittal and Proposed Bill that was sent to the Maui County Council, the commission’s version of the draft plan, and a list of the commission’s changes to the West Maui Community Plan Advisory Committee’s June 2020 Draft Plan.

The draft plan is the result of a ten-month review by members of the West Maui CPAC, followed by a five-month review by members of the commission. The plan builds upon extensive community input, coordination with other county and state departments, and best planning practices to promote complete, healthy and resilient communities. The commission unanimously voted to forward its recommended plan to the Maui County Council for final review and adoption.

“The department thanks the West Maui community, CPAC and commission for their time and dedication to the community plan update process,” said Planning Director Michele McLean. “We look forward to working with members of the council as they review and adopt the plan, making it the first plan to be updated under the 2012 Maui Island Plan.”

For more information on the West Maui Community Plan update process, visit the project website at https://westmaui.wearemaui.org or go to Facebook or Instagram @wearewestmaui. For general planning information, visit www.mauicounty.gov/planning.

In other county news, Mayor Michael Victorino has authorized a 60-day deferral of the 10 percent penalty for Real Property Taxes due on Feb. 20, 2021. Assessment of the penalty will be deferred through April 21, 2021, to help with the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Taxpayers may make Real Property Tax payments from Feb. 20 to April 21, 2021, without incurring the 10 percent penalty. However, the standard one percent monthly interest charge for unpaid balances will apply.

“We don’t want to penalize our residents and businesses who are experiencing the inability to pay their full amount upon its due date,” Mayor Victorino said. “We believe the penalty deferral can help those who need a little extra time to pay their real property tax.”

Details of the 10 percent penalty deferral include:

• The deferral is for the 10 percent penalty for real property taxes due on Feb. 20, 2021 only.

• To avoid the 10 percent penalty, taxpayers must submit payments, in full, by April 21, 2021. Any outstanding balance owed as of April 22, 2021, will be assessed the 10 percent penalty.

• One percent interest on unpaid balances after Feb. 20 will not be waived. Interest will accrue monthly beginning on March 1 and continue until the balance is paid.

All payments may be sent to the County of Maui Department of Finance Treasury Division, Real Property Tax Collection, 110 Alaihi St., Suite 108, Kahului, HI 96732.

The Real Property Tax Collections Office is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Its phone number is (808) 270-7697. More information is available at www.mauipropertytax.com.