Let’s determine Kauai’s future

Want to be part of the solution? Get on the Kauai band wagon that will shape development, traffic and affordable housing on our island for the next 20 years. Don’t let developers decide our future.

Please attend Tuesday’s Community Advisory Meeting for the General Plan Update on Housing and/or email testimony.

General Plan Update, CAC Meeting on Housing, Tuesday, June 21, 2:30 to 5 p.m., County Building next to DMV, Lihue, email comments to: plankauai@kauai.gov.

Our rural life stye on Kauai is being violated by rampant development and burdening traffic, especially horrific in Kapaa.

Three resorts in the Wailua corridor have been approved and work is commencing. Hokua Place, a proposed 780 dwelling subdivision (only 25 percent of dwellings affordable) behind Kapaa Middle School, with a commercial center, is waiting for government approval to up-zone 97 acres from agriculture to urban.

Of course, down the line, vacant acreage in that parcel, which is not taken up by Hokua Place, would likely be filled with more non-affordable housing, stores, etc. Visualize the traffic and scream!

I read (TGI, June 15) that the new subdivision going up by the airport turn off in Hanamaulu/Lihue will be only 40 percent affordable (44 duplexes) and 107 single-family homes. We need more affordable housing for residents here, not lure people from elsewhere to buy houses which only they can afford and will further clog up our already jammed highways.

Solutions:

– A moratorium on permits for subdivisions that aren’t 100 percent affordable.

Stop the proposed up-zoning of 97 acres behind Kapaa Middle School. Amend the last GPU to keep that land zoned agriculture, and stop Hokua Place subdivision, that would have more dwellings than does Wailua Houselots. We need sustainable food grown on Kauai. Keep ag. zoned as ag.

– A moratorium on permits for new resorts. Visitors come here for its rural lifestyle.

– It’s up to residents to step up and preserve our natural environment as well as our lifestyle. Even visitors write to TGI saying that after 10 years coming here, they feel that over-development and traffic is sucking the soul out of Kauai and will not return.

More development is not a sustainable solution on an island that imports 90 percent of its food and has already reached its carrying capacity.

Please join the band wagon that will benefit residents with affordable housing and keep visitors returning to this small piece of paradise, as well.

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Gabriela Taylor is a resident of Keapana Valley.

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