Luxury resort community being considered near Miloli’i, but county says lots of permits, approval still needed

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A high-end development team is seeking investors to build a gated luxury resort community north of Miloli’i.

Called The Kona Estates at Ophihale, the proposed project features a helipad inside the “luxury real estate community located on 324 acres of beachfront and ocean views on the famous Kona Coast of the great island of Hawaii,” according to the development company, Kona Development Partners.

An online presentation of the project on investinkona.com describes the proposed subdivision and its amenities.

“In The Kona Estates at Opihihale will exist a 40-villa resort and clubhouse with a resort-style pool, restaurant and bar, helipad, walking and biking trails, health club, spa, kids’ club and event space,” the presentation reads. . “This boutique resort will be used to accommodate prospective residents during estate sales, will be available without restriction to Kona Estates residents, and will enhance the overall community experience.”

The presentation promises to provide “resort amenities to its residents and affluent guests.” He goes on to say that the group accepts minimum investments of $100,000 and offers interested investors the opportunity to schedule a call with the developers.

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The development includes an “offsite interactive showroom” on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, the news publication The Ka’ū Calendar underline.

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How long it might take to develop isn’t specified, but Hawaii County Planning Department officials told Big Island Now the project will have significant permitting and zoning criteria to complete before it can be built. such a development can take place.

The land in question is currently zoned for 5 acre agricultural lots.

Jeff Darrow, deputy director of the planning department, said the plot should be rezoned and subdivided into smaller plots and that the developers should provide their own water source, as well as obtain a special use permit for the proposed lodge, among other requirements, should the project go ahead. These changes would require the approval of the county council and the planning commission.

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“As of now, we haven’t received anything,” Darrow said of all the paperwork that would be needed to get that process started.

The consultant representing the developer did not return the messages left by Big Island Now.

The proponent has obtained a grading and grubbing permit, which is referenced on the website. The online visit offer to investors says the group is seeking final zoning approval and shows a photo of a bulldozer with a caption reading: “Grubbing and grading began on site in early 2022. Here , a D9 bulldozer pushes fragile volcanic rock.”

As Dorrow said, rezoning applications or other permit applications were not received by the planning department this week.

Robyn Matsumoto of the Public Works Engineering Division said the active grading permit is site preparation work to balance, cut and fill slopes to create a level platform, and the permit indicates that there will be an access road to the site.

The online tour of the development indicates that the estates should be around 60 residential sites of 1 to 3 acres with two to four bedroom estate villas or four to six bedroom estate houses.

Also located in the community will be an array of resident-only amenities, including a pro-shop, community center, racquet club, full basketball court, adult-only pool, spa treatment rooms, spa and juice bar, emphasizes the presentation.

“The development team will work with Native Hawaiians, local universities and the agricultural bureau to incorporate traditional practices common to the region into the Kona Estates project,” it reads. “Developing this magnificent territory while respecting its history and culture will be a priority while maintaining strong relationships with the community. We will adopt sustainable practices and integrate the famous Kona Coast coffee production into the community through a cooperative with agricultural students and farmers from local universities. Wind, solar and geothermal technologies will be considered and implemented where possible. »

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