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The state Land Use Commission on Tuesday approved the final environmental impact statement for a petition to rezone 97 acres in Kapaa for urban use, making way for a proposed residential development.

That doesn’t mean there will necessarily be a zoning change or land use district boundary amendment for the area near Kapaa Middle School, where developers plan to build a 769-unit subdivision known as HoKua Place.

An environmental impact statement, or EIS, is just one of many steps developers must take to prove to state and county officials that a zoning change and the project would fit within the law and existing long-term priorities for the land established in documents like the Kauai General Plan.

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“The efforts to address community concerns are minimal at best,” said Commission Chair Jonathan Likeke Scheuer, addressing concerns voiced by two citizens at the meeting and dozens of emails from Kauai residents asking how the project will impact traffic, water quality and consumption, solid waste and schools.

“It is a low bar and you’ve met it,” Scheuer said. “That’s not where you want to be when you come back before us.”

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