LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - Lihue will need 9,000 new housing units over the next 20 years, according to planners at a public meeting on a proposed Lihue Community Plan.
The Garden Island reports about 20 people attended the meeting Wednesday on the plan that has a goal of making Lihue a more cohesive and walkable community.
Kauai County planners are collecting public testimony on the plan through Sept. 12.
The plan lays out boundaries for urban development and protection of agriculture land and natural resources.
Some testifying were skeptical that the area water supply was adequate for sustained growth.
Others cautioned planners that the urban edge zoning appears to allow for oceanfront lots north of Hanamaulu Beach, which could create conflicts.