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Thursday, April 6, 2017

" Until infrastructure is in place, no Hokua Place on Kauai..." 'Glenn Mickens' (Kaua'i county watchdog)

Glenn Mickens has lived on Kauai  with his wife Ruth for the last 26 years. Born July 26, 1930 in Wilmar, California, USA) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball. He pitched in four games (two of which were starts) for the 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers. He also played for five years in Japan, from 1959 until 1963 for the Kintetsu Buffaloes. There, he compiled a record of 45–53 with a 2.54 ERA.  Glenn also  served in the Army for 2 years and coached baseball at UCLA for 25 years. 
Last but not least Glenn would really like to see Kaua'i give the county manager style of Government a chance.
Above photo of Glenn Mickens courtesy of Kauai Garden island news, used with permission...

 Editor's note;
Enclosed is a news release that was sent out and Mr. Mickens responded;

Aloha Everyone,    The time is short if you wish to comment  on the proposed development HOKUA PLACE, just South of the Kapa`a Roundabout.  
Hokua Place would be a 769 dwelling subdivision (bigger than the House Lots), behind the Middle School in Kapaa, plus a commercial area, with stores, in an area that suffers from horrific traffic now. Over a hundred residents testified in prior GP hearings against up-zoning, which is necessary for the project to go forward. The Planning Dept. took action to keep the Agriculture Zoning intact in the GP Draft. However, that decision is being challenged by the Hokua Place developer again. We must be vigilant in our testimony in order to support that progressive action of the Planning Dept. Please testify “no up- zoning from Agriculture to Urban”. The development encompasses 14.3 acres, which means that an additional 82.7 acres would also be zoned Urban, meaning many more houses later. 

Publishers note;
My pal, Mr. Mickens was there to testify and was kind enough to supply dakinetalk blog with
a copy of his testimony. I don't know where Glenn get's all the energy to attend nearly every single County council meeting and almost every special meeting on new developments and zoning.   Mahalo Nui Loa Mr. Mickens. I appreciate all your hard work and know others do too. I only wish you would run for public office.    
After reading Mr. Micken's testimony and if you agree, I believe you can still send email testimony to; plankauai@kauai.gov     (Even though if it's late they still have record.)
James "Kimo" Rosen, 
Publisher/Blogger-n-chief, dakinetalk blog

 Until infrastructure is in place, no Hokua Place on Kauai

Mr. Mickens is locally known
as one of Kauai county's
political watchdogs
and Nitpickers...
Mahalos Glenn!

I strongly oppose the rezoning of this agriculture land for commercial use. Sure we need low income housing but any common sense or an EA or EIS would prove that this is not the place to put it. With a potential of 1600 to 2000 more vehicles coming out of this development they only have 2 routes to go---Olohena to Kuhio highway or to the bypass to Kuhio Highway and we all know what a traffic mess these roads can be now at any time of the day.

Hopefully the leadership in our Administration and within the planning department (led by Mike Dehilig who I have a lot of respect for) will leave this area as Ag land and for solar farming which my friend, Kurt Bosart has done with some of this land---clean energy that we all need. 

We need wider roads on Kauai and making use of our cane haul roads like we did with the Kapaa by pass road. Vehicles are and will remain our major means of travel so we must plan for them---not for bikes, buses and walking. 
Until such time  as the infrastructure
is in place with new roads, Kauai
cannot afford a new community.
Our roads are already at capacity.

And, above all else, we desperately need to put a moratorium on ALL future large scale construction until the infrastructure is put in place to handle it. We must change our modus operandi and stop "ready, fire, aiming" which has caused the messes we are in today.

We can start today by making sure that this area is not rezoned. 

Check out Glenn's Wikipedia page;

Editor's note, Dakinetalk guest bloggers do not necessarily represent the opinions of dakinetalk. Guest bloggers are given space to express their beliefs and or opinions. We feel there are many roads and like to give people space to express their thoughts,after-all that's what dakine is...
Aloha, James "Kimo" Rosen---Blogger-n-chief, dakinetalk blog---

Kapa'a Sunrise from Kimo Rosen's Lanai
with use of the PIP App.

iPhone photo by James "Kimo" Rosen

Hana Hou, (Encore) 
Hawaiians and Kamaaina will get the humor

1 comment:

KimoRosen said...

The irony is Kauai Kauai needs "affordable housing" Have you seen the new affording housing sub-division going up in Hanamaulu? The sign says units starting at $400,00. Affordable to who? I laugh. $400,000 on mainland United states can buy you a mansion. I like Hokua place. I believe it is desperately needed however as Glenn states we must get our infrastructure in order. Traffic is at a crawl in that area now with 769 more homes, I can only imaging the traffic gridlock. How about putting Hokua place and every new development on hold until such time as we have an adequate road system?