I was out of the office and in Waikoloa all day Friday for the health care conference andÂ pretty tied up all day today between meetings and site visits.
Basically, the Planning Department does not decide what mitigation/traffic improvements are required by a rezoning request.Â We leave that to the engineers at DPW and State Highways.Â They comment and we almost always incorporate their requests verbatim into the conditions we draft for Commission and Council review and approval.
I agree that we need to provide for the traffic mitigation of projects when the project is creating or adding to an existing problem.Â I think where we probably differ is to what extent you can add conditions to an already approved rezoning to address traffic problems that occurred after the granting of the rezoning.Â Â Mitigation in a rezoning ordinance is supposed to take care of the additional traffic created by a development as opposed to correcting an existing problem created by other developments.
In the case of theÂ Woodland Center my position is further affected by the fact that the Planning Department signed off on the building permit application for Longs on February 6, 2009.Â When we signed off on the building permit application, the Kahakai right turn in, right turn out condition did not exist in the 2003 ordinance and State Highways was not asking for this improvement.Â The permit was eventually issued on August 26th, 2009. Read the rest of this entry »