Residents asked to weigh in on East Kaua‘i development plan

Planning consultant Nadine Nakamura of NKN Project Planning will discuss “Are you ready for the future? The east Kaua‘i development plan update” at the Wailua-Kapa‘a Neighborhood Association’s meeting at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Kapa‘a library meeting room.

Community development plans provide long-range policies and regulatory controls. Like the Kaua‘i General Plan, these documents are intended to regulate development to ensure its compatibility with the overall character of the island, its scenic beauty and environment and the economic and social well-being of community residents.

To assist the County Planning Department with this project, Wilson Okomoto Corp. was awarded a contract in 2005. In May 2006, a Citizen’s Advisory Committee was established as the liaison between government and residents to accurately reflect community input throughout the planning process. Nakamura, an urban and regional planning consultant, is the project facilitator.

Elements of the plan include growth boundaries, desired types of communities and housing, agricultural lands, natural resources, cultural resources, recreation, historic Kapa‘a town, commercial and industrial development and the visitor industry.

Association Chair and committee member Rayne Regush hopes to hear from participants about their priorities.

“We need to know what East Kaua‘i residents want the future to be like. This is a good opportunity to learn about the process that’s underway for the Kawaihau District — from Wailua to Moloa‘a.”

The talk is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sid Jackson at 821-2837.

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