Ho­tel work­ing with county

Re­sort man­ager says they are look­ing at additional park­ing

The Garden Island - - Morning Briefing - John Stein­horst

HANALEI — In Au­gust, the county Plan­ning Depart­ment is­sued vi­o­la­tions to Hanalei Bay Re­sort for il­le­gal dwellings and in­suf­fi­cient park­ing.

Fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion is tak­ing place for non-com­pli­ance to zon­ing rules and the un­ap­proved use of lock-out bed­rooms, ac­cord­ing to the depart­ment.

The re­sort’s gen­eral man­ager, Greg Veal, said the re­sort “does not ex­ceed the unit den­sity ap­proved by the county in the early 1970s, which was be­fore the adop­tion of the county Com­pre­hen­sive Zon­ing Or­di­nance.”

“The struc­tures at Hanalei Bay Re­sort are built to the de­signs ap­proved by the Kauai Plan­ning Depart­ment,” Veal said in a pre­pared state­ment. “We are ac­tively work­ing with the county about its lat­est con­cerns.”

The county in­ves­ti­ga­tion claimed that the re­sort ex­ceeds the max­i­mum unit den­sity by 146 apart­ments, ac­cord­ing to the Au­gust per­mit com­pli­ance vi­o­la­tion and zon­ing com­pli­ance no­tice.

“Hanalei Bay Re­sort is proac­tively in­volved in dis­cus­sions with county of­fi­cials. More clar­ity is needed on sev­eral is­sues to de­ter­mine if com­pli­ance mea­sures are nec­es­sary,” Veal said. “If so, they will be prop­erly ad­dressed in a spe­cific plan of ac­tion.”

In its home­own­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion No­tice Let­ter to Unit Own­ers, Michael Rem­bis, pres­i­dent of the Hanalei Bay Re­sort As­so­ci­a­tion Of Apart­ment Own­ers, stated, “It is pos­si­ble that the pro­hi­bi­tion against sep­a­rate lock-out us­age will be en­forced, so you should be mind­ful of that in plan­ning the fu­ture use of your unit. In fact, es­pe­cially in light of the po­ten­tial fines from the county, the board strongly en­cour­ages you to not ac­cept new book­ings for lock-outs.”

Veal wrote: “While we be­lieve our units are fully per­mit­ted and grand­fa­thered, we take the Plan­ning Depart­ment’s con­cerns se­ri­ously. Thus, while we con­tinue dis­cus­sion with plan­ners, we en­cour­age our own­ers to take the most cau­tious ap­proach.”

On June 27, the county counted 160 avail­able park­ing stalls, leav­ing a de­fi­ciency of 52 spa­ces, along with no pro­vi­sions for 37 so-called theatre-type park­ing places.

“HBR has en­gaged two con­sul­tants to iden­tify and en­gi­neer additional on-site park­ing at Hanalei Bay Re­sort. That work is un­der­way,” Veal said. “The gated por­tion of the guest park­ing, which is just a por­tion of Hanalei Bay Re­sort’s park­ing, has been ap­proved by the court. The county was not aware of that court rul­ing, and we have re­cently brought the rul­ing to the county’s at­ten­tion.”

Veal said Hanalei Bay Re­sort has op­er­ated with its cur­rent de­sign for 40 years, and cur­rent park­ing has al­ways been ad­e­quate.

“Re­cently, the restau­rants on prop­erty sig­nif­i­cantly in­creased their seat­ing ca­pac­ity, cre­at­ing new park­ing pres­sures,” he said. “We are work­ing hard to help them re­solve those is­sues.”

DEN­NIS FU­JI­MOTO / THE GAR­DEN IS­LAND

The cham­pion Hanalei Pixel Bots from Hanalei School get to­gether for pictures for par­ents and sup­port­ers Satur­day dur­ing the Kauai First Lego League tour­na­ment at the Wilcox Gym­na­sium at Is­land School.

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