With the sun about to set behind Ni‘ihau, the Forbidden Island, a paniolo, or Hawaiian cowboy, rides his horse and pulls another in Waimea, Kaua‘i’s Westside. Photo by Robert Kennedy

The County of Kaua‘i Planning Department has released a “Discussion Draft” of the West Kaua‘i Community Plan for public review and comment, according to a county news release.

The West Kaua‘i Community Plan updates the previous Hanapēpē-‘Ele‘ele Development Plan (1974) and the Waimea-Kekaha Development Plan (1978) to provide guidance on land use and investment priorities for the Westside.

The “Discussion Draft” was informed by a participatory process including multiple outreach events, such as design workshops, open house events, and small group meetings. The Discussion Draft comment period closes Oct. 7.

Comments may be submitted at upcoming open house events or at www.westkauaiplan.org, where the draft is available for download. Emailed comments may be submitted to plankauai@kauai.gov. An online “Story Map” that summarizes the draft plan is available at www.westkauaiplan.org.

Open House Events

Westside residents and members of the public are also invited to attend a series of Open House Events in September provide comments on the discussion draft. The following open house dates are as follows:

  • Sept. 5, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Waimea Theater; and
  • Sept. 9, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Kekaha Neighborhood Center;
  • Sept. 23, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Hanapēpē Congregational Church; and
  • Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Kaumakani Sports Pavilion.

Free meals will be provided.

If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, contact please contact the Planning Department Long Range Division (808) 241-4050 and plankauai@kauai.gov.

Requests made as early as possible will allow adequate time to fulfill your request. Upon request, this notice is available in alternate formats such as large print, Braille or electronic copy.

For more information, visit www.westkauaiplan.org or contact the Long Range Planning Division at 241-4050.