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<br />From: Mark Hinshaw [] <br /> Sent: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 3:45 PM <br />To: 'Larry Brown' <br />Subject: Aguinadaldo Upzone Statement <br /> <br />Phoa Regional Town Center Plan <br />ā <br />Steering Committee <br /> <br />Communication No. 2012-50 <br />November 21, 2012 <br /> <br /> <br />To: Dan Taylor, Chair, Action Committee, Puna Community Development Plan <br /> <br />Re: Change of Zone Application No. (REZ 12-000159) Applicant: Aguinaldo 4, LLC <br /> Request: RS-10 to CV-20 TMK: 1-5-003:037 <br /> <br /> <br />While welcoming the Aguinaldo’s business proposal for a dialysis and geriatric care center in Pāhoa, the <br />Pāhoa Regional Town Center Plan (PRTCP) Steering Committee has concerns regarding the Aguinaldos’ <br />proposed business location at the intersection of Highways 130 and 132, a piece of property which lies <br />within the proposed PRTC town center planning area, and the Aguinaldo’s request for up zoning to <br />Commercial for this same piece of property. <br /> <br />Allowing commercial development along Pāhoa’s highways is contrary to the key objectives of both the <br />emerging PRTC Plan and the Puna Community Development Plan: to prevent urban sprawl, keep traffic <br />flowing, and preserve a rural appearance alongside Puna’s /Pāhoa’s highways. The PRTC Steering <br />Committee supports planning choices which preserve the precious natural, historic and cultural assets of <br />Pāhoa & Puna, while encouraging economic prosperity in the midst of rapid new development. <br /> <br />Approving commercial zoning at the Hwy. 132 and Hwy. 130 intersection will set a precedent <br /> <br /> <br />which encourages commercial development along Puna’s highways and will lead to irreversible <br />urban sprawl and congested traffic flow. <br /> <br />Approving commercial zoning at the applicant’s proposed location will create the potential in <br /> <br /> <br />the future for an array of commercial ventures, inappropriate to the location, should the <br />proposed business not reach fruition, or should there be a change of ownership. <br /> <br />A business entrance and exit for vehicles in proximity to the intersection of Hwy. 132 <br /> <br /> <br /> & Hwy. 130 will create traffic congestion and unsafe conditions. Substantial highway <br />improvements to enable safe traffic flow will be required. <br /> <br />When Hwy. 132 is widened at the intersection, the vehicles exiting the proposed property will <br /> <br /> <br />not be able to turn left without crossing several driving and turn lanes. Right-turn-only will result <br />in inappropriate u-turns along Highway 132 and/or cumbersome and disruptive detours through <br />residential areas. <br /> <br /> <br />