Public Meeting Regarding Draft Environmental Assessment (DEA) for the Proposed Connectivity Improvements of Puna Subdivisions with Volcano Highway

Click to read more about the proposed project.

Click to read more about the proposed project.

A public meeting on the Draft EA will be held on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at the Mountain View Elementary School Cafeteria, 18-1235 Volcano Road, Mountain View, Hawai’i 96771, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. to:

  • Discuss the proposed improvements that would assist in response to floods, fires, automobile accidents, or other emergencies that would block critical roads. It would also provide residents of Fern Acres and nearby subdivisions with permanent access alternatives to the South Kūlani Road outlet.
  • Discuss the three proposed component sub-projects that are under study:
  1. The improvement and extension from Volcano Highway to Pūhala Road of South Lauko Road.
  2. The improvement and extension from Volcano Highway to Pūhala Road of South Pszyk Road.
  3. The extension of Pūhala Road south to South Kopua Road.

Depending on funding availability and other factors, the County may choose to construct one, two, all three, or none of the component projects under study.

  • Allow individuals to present comments, ask questions, and discuss concerns regarding the Draft Environmental Assessment (DEA).

The DEA provides the County of Hawai‘i with the information necessary to determine whether impacts associated with the proposed projects have the potential to contribute to cumulative impacts to the environment.  Based on this determination, the County of Hawai‘i  will either issue a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) or the agency will require the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to further analyze the proposed projects and associated impacts.

The Draft EA is posted for review on OEQC’s website: http://oeqc.doh.hawaii.gov/Shared%20Documents/EA_and_EIS_Online_Library/Hawaii/2010s/2016-10-23-HA-5B-DEA-Puna-Subdivision-Connector-Roads.pdf or can be viewed at the Mountain View Public and School Library.

Public comments must be received in writing or via email by November 22, 2016.  Public comments will be included in the Final EA and submitted to the County of Hawai‘i for review and consideration.

If you require special accommodations or auxiliary aid/ and or services to participate in this meeting, (i.e. Sign language interpreter, large print,) please call (808) 961-8321 by November 10, 2016.

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