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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 />April 9, 2013 <br />Mr. Graham Knopp <br />GK Environmental LLC <br />P.O. Box 1310 <br />Honoka` a, Hawai` i 96727 <br />Subject: B.T. Kuwahara Private Commercial Development and Related Use of State Land <br />Draft Environmental Assessment (DEA) <br />Dear Mr. Knopp, <br />The Puna Community Development Plan (PCDP) Action Committee offers the following comments on <br />the subject DEA for your consideration. <br />Section 3.3.2 — Traffic should include a discussion on the use of a modern roundabout at the Kahakai <br />Blvd. and Pahoa Village Rd. intersection as an alternative to the construction of a traffic signal. The <br />PCDP (Sec. 4.4.2) identifies the use of roundabouts as the preferred intersection improvement for <br />improving safety and traffic flow. <br />Further discussion in Sec. 3.3.2 on page 29 states that concurrent construction of the SR 130 <br />roundabout by HDOT and the proposed project intersection is not expected. According to the HDOT <br />project timeline construction of the SR 130 roundabout is expected to begin in the summer of 2013 and <br />to be completed in the summer of 2014, which appears to coincide almost exactly with the construction <br />time frame for the Kuwahara project. <br />As stated under Future Traffic Conditions Without Improvements on page 27, the TIAR assumes a I% <br />annual traffic increase due to population increase, which appears to be roughly half of the 24.5% total <br />population growth in the Puna between 2000 and 2010. Additionally, the Census Bureau has recently <br />reported that the Hawaii Island population grew an additional 2.2% between 2010 and 2012 and we <br />believe that Puna continues to account for a disproportionate contribution to the county's overall <br />population growth. <br />Hawai `i County is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer <br />