The first of the project’s major technical phases focuses on expanding our understanding of current and planned conditions in the study area. We will build upon recently completed and ongoing work to review and document what’s happening on the corridor today.
This includes understanding who lives and works along the corridor, how people travel, and what systems exist today. It also includes reviewing land use, zoning, and development plans and conditions and assessing utility and water infrastructure. Upon this foundation we’ll layer an assessment of the market, including affordable housing opportunities, to inform the Vision phase that will shape the future of the corridor.
Check back in the fall to see what we’re learning and to share your thoughts about our key findings. In the meantime, here’s a quick overview of what we expect to do for each of these major tasks:
We will develop a comprehensive understanding of the needs and opportunities along Ka‘ahumanu Avenue and the broader study area across modes, demographics, and land uses. The findings will set the stage for the remainder of the project and will be summarized in a graphic, reader-friendly report.
Land Use Assessment
Land use patterns have an important impact on how people travel. As such, developing a successful community corridor requires a supportive environment. We will develop a series of maps describing existing and future land uses and identifying key destinations, activity centers, and areas of anticipated growth.
Demographic and Travel Analysis
Understanding demographics and existing travel patterns is a fundamental step in planning for the Ka‘ahumanu Ave Community Corridor. We will develop maps depicting population, employment, and other socioeconomic variables. We’ll map commute mode by place of work to understand travel modes for people who work in Kahului and Wailuku, regardless of where they live. We will also map collision hotspots along the corridor to inform future visioning efforts, particularly when making decisions about transportation projects, policies, and programs.
Mobility System Assessment
Understanding the mobility options along Ka‘ahumanu Avenue and the broader corridor is essential to identify the strengths of and opportunities for the Community Corridor. We will dig into the corridor’s mobility context, including focusing on the neighborhood streets that connect to the corridor. We will paint a comprehensive picture of mobility along the corridor, looking at all modes of transportation including driving, walking and rolling, biking, and taking the bus.
Water and Utility Systems
Our team’s civil engineers will use available data to analyze the capacity of water, wastewater, stormwater, and transportation systems within the corridor. We will evaluate the systems for capacity to meet future needs and identify current deficiencies. We will assess the potential impacts to the study area related to storm events, flooding tsunami risk, and sea level rise.
The County of Maui has recognized that there is more to economic revitalization and supporting transit ridership than encouraging development. We will review market studies and conduct interviews, complete a market analysis, identify market trends and potential, and recommend strategies and programs for economic development. This information will be shared in a Transit-Oriented Development Corridor Real Estate Market Assessment Report.
Affordable Housing Assessment
Central to the outcomes of the Ka‘ahumanu Ave Community Corridor is developing a strategy to increase affordable and workforce housing in Kahului and Wailuku. By analyzing current supply and planned development, we will gain an understanding of the gaps in the market and identify specific solutions to address those shortcomings. Our strategies will focus on the most promising approaches and funding models to increase affordable housing supply and will be summarized in a Housing Inventory and Analysis Memo.
We will document key issues and challenges to be addressed within the Ka‘ahumanu Ave Community Corridor based on information gathered through the tasks described above. We will produce a Community Profile documenting our analysis and findings. It will communicate the physical and socioeconomic existing conditions in the study area, as well as opportunities to be explored throughout the remainder of the project. This profile will be shared with the public in late 2020 or early 2021.