My Turn: Priorities, priorities

For decades, the public fought against developer-generated and wildly unsustainable growth that was drowning North and South Kona. In the early 2000s, residents turned anger into action, creating a land use plan based on Smart Growth principles. For North and South Kona, this meant passage of the Kona Community Development Plan (KCDP) — an award-winning land use plan made law to change the paradigm of unplanned growth. Inexcusably, the public’s hands have remained tied to a process that saps their energy and good will — with no results. Would the Roth administration prioritize and follow the KCDP as promised, or sideline it to death? That question was answered recently with the administration’s indefinite suspension of all county-organized CDP Action Committee meetings.