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William P. Kenoi <br />Mayor <br />County of Hawaii <br />PLANNING DEPARTMENT <br />BJ Leithead Todd <br />Director <br />Margaret Masunaga <br />Deputy Director <br />PUNA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PLAN ACTION COMMITTEE <br />Aupuni Center • 101 Pauahi Street, Suite 3 • Hilo, Hawaii 96720 <br />Phone (808) 961 -8288 • Fax (808) 961 -8742 <br />March 14, 2013 <br />Mr. David L. Zevenbergan <br />Hawaii Scenic Byways Coordinator <br />State of Hawaii Department of Transportation <br />Highways Division, Advanced Planning Section <br />869 Punchbowl Street <br />Planning Branch, Room 301 <br />Honolulu, HI 96813 <br />Subject: Letter of support for Designation of Highway 137 — The Red Road as a Scenic Byway <br />Dear Mr. Zevenbergan, <br />It is with great excitement that Puna Community Development Plan (PCDP) Action Committee <br />expresses its support for the efforts of Kalani (Sponsor) and KAPONO as they submit Highway 137 — <br />"The Red Road" for consideration of Scenic Byways Nomination to your organization. For more than <br />three years the PCDP Action Committee has been working with government, community leaders and <br />organizations in efforts aimed at implementing the action items of the PCDP. <br />Kalani and KAPONO are both organizations and leaders in their community and have specifically <br />taken on the task of PCDP sec. 4.5.3.f to improve Highway 137 (Red Road) as a scenic corridor. <br />KAPONO, having member representation all along Highway 137, conducted an extensive survey <br />where they confirmed strong local support for the Scenic Byways designation. We are confident that <br />under KAPONO leadership, community support will continue to grow as they work towards this <br />important scenic byways designation. <br />Respectfully, <br />Patti Pinto, Chair <br />Puna Community Development Team Action Committee <br />Hawai `i County is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer <br />