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<br /> <br /> <br />William P. Kenoi BJ Leithead Todd <br /> <br />Director <br />Mayor <br /> <br />Margaret Masunaga <br />Deputy Director <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />County of Hawai‘i <br /> <br />PLANNING DEPARTMENT <br />PUNA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PLAN ACTION COMMITTEE <br /> <br />Aupuni Center 101 Pauahi Street, Suite 3 Hilo, Hawai‘i 96720 <br /> <br />Phone (808) 961-8288 Fax (808) 961-8742 <br /> <br /> <br />November 11, 2012 <br /> <br />Public Access, Open Space & Natural Resources Commission <br />c/o 25 Aupuni St. Suite 1101 <br />Hilo, Hawai’i 96720-4252 <br /> <br />To Whom It May Concern, <br /> <br />The Action Committee of the Puna Community Development Plan wishes to voice its support for the <br /> <br />land acquisition at Kapoho/Wai’opae, also known as the Hara property or Vacationland Land Trust, <br /> <br />TMK 1-4-02-022, & 051 by the Public Access, Open Space and Natural Resources Commission <br />(PONC). Acquisition could be in partnership with the Legacy Land Trust and the county. The <br />property is currently #7 on the PONC priority list. We also wish to voice our support for a resolution <br />by the County Council in support of acquisition. <br /> <br />The piece available for acquisition is about 321 acres and borders the south side of Kapoho Kai Rd. <br />and makai of Hwy. 137. It also borders the Marine Life Conservation District with about 4,000 ft. of <br />shoreline south of the Vacationland subdivision. We find this land acquisition consistent with the Puna <br />Community Development Plan (PCDP). Section 3.5.2, 3.5.3 and 2.4 of the PCDP call for expanded <br />recreational areas and protection of the shoreline areas and coastal resources. <br /> <br /> Section 3.5.3 part e. states: “Create and improve Preserves as <br /> follows: …2) Improve conditions at Wai’opae Tidepools and the <br /> Marine Conservation District. <br /> 3) Providing off-street parking that does not encroach <br /> into private lands; and 4) Providing permanent public access. <br /> <br /> Part 3.5.2 states: “Adopt the following classification for expansion <br /> and improvement of parks in Puna: 5) Coastal Activity Area: A <br /> shoreline recreational area that is accessed by a park or a public <br /> easement.” <br /> <br /> Part 2.4 calls for the protection of the shoreline area and coastal <br /> resources – biological, historical and access trails. <br /> <br />Hawai‘i County is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer <br /> <br /> <br />