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<br />Phoa Regional Town Center Plan <br />ā <br />Steering Committee <br /> <br />Communication No. 2012-56 <br /> <br />Aloha Director Fitzgerald: <br /> <br />As the Pāhoa Regional Town Center planning process began to unfold earlier this year, it immediately came to <br />the attention of the Steering Committee that the planning of Pāhoa Park is intimately connected with long term <br />planning for Pāhoa town and its economic sustainability. This realization, along with public input, has led to <br />proposals we look forward to sharing with you, which we believe will integrate successfully with proposals <br />already on the table. <br /> <br />The park project is unique to the Pāhoa planning effort currently underway in that public input has been <br />collected from more than the Pāhoa Survey and the Pāhoa Community Development Plan. There is also public <br />testimony presented at the two recent public hearings hosted by your Department, and the PRTC planning <br />groups continue to receive input from individuals involved with past Pāhoa Park planning efforts, as well as <br />new proposals for the Park. <br /> <br />The Pāhoa Survey, conducted from the end of March to the end of June, 2012, invited comments relating to <br />the Pāhoa town center area only, and was organized according to topical headings. The attached comments <br />were collected from the Pāhoa Survey under the general heading of “Parks and Recreation Services and <br />Facilities”; no specific questions were posed, and the resulting comments reflect this. <br /> <br />Please also note that the Pāhoa Survey was conducted before the public announcement that County funding <br />and new park facilities would become available for Pāhoa Park and before the subsequent public meetings. <br /> <br />A few weeks ago the PRTC planning groups met with Roy Takemoto to become better informed about the <br />Environmental Assessment and further familiarize ourselves with the County’s planning process. At that time <br />Roy communicated that it would be in everyone’s best interest to arrange a meeting between us at your <br />earliest convenience. We look forward to meeting with you and your staff on December 11, 9 a.m., at your <br />office. <br /> <br />Thank you for your consideration of this timely matter, <br /> <br />Sincerely, <br /> <br />The Steering Committee <br /> <br />Gilbert Aguinaldo <br />Madie Greene <br />Mark Hinshaw <br />Jon Olson <br />Rene Siracusa <br />Oshi Simsarian <br />Dan Taylor <br />