The first of the project’s major technical phases focused on expanding our understanding of current and planned conditions in the study area. We built upon recently completed and ongoing work to review and document what’s happening on the corridor today.
This included understanding who lives and works along the corridor, how people travel, and what systems exist today. It also included reviewing land use, zoning, and development plans and conditions and assessing utility and water infrastructure. Upon this foundation we layered an assessment of the market, including affordable housing opportunities, to inform the Vision phase.
The Community Profile is our report on existing conditions in the study area. It provides a snapshot of the people, places, and possibilities in the Ka‛ahumanu Ave Community Corridor. We reviewed past plans, engaged with hundreds of Maui residents, and analyzed data about housing, jobs, residents, transportation, land uses, and design. We looked at both challenges and opportunities for the study, as there's a lot to build upon as we move forward.
The County of Maui understands that there is more to economic revitalization and supporting transit ridership than encouraging development. We reviewed market studies and conducted interviews, completed a market analysis, identified market trends and potential, and recommended strategies and programs for economic development. Read the Transit-Oriented Development Corridor Real Estate Market Assessment Report to learn what we found.
Affordable Housing Assessment
Central to the outcomes of the Ka‘ahumanu Ave Community Corridor is a strategy to increase affordable and workforce housing in Kahului and Wailuku. By analyzing current supply and planned development, we gained an understanding of the gaps in the market and identified specific solutions to address those shortcomings. Our strategies focused on the most promising approaches and funding models to increase affordable housing supply. Check out the Housing Inventory and Analysis Memo to learn more.