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Kay, Christian %chi$ APR 27 Rm Q <br />From: Aileen Yeh <a> <br />Y F.4ENT - -� <br />Sent: Thursday, April 26, 2018 9:30 PM `�vlt1V f .r, OF W01VAJj <br />To: Kay, Christian <br />Subject: Hamakua Community Development Plan <br />Dear Mr. Kay, <br />Although I reside in Hilo, and farm/ranch in Puna and Hilo, I would like to submit some <br />comments on the Hamakua Community Development Plan. I think it is a very good plan, <br />although there are some parts that I don't agree with as written in the plan. In particular, ; <br />sections 4.5.4 and 4.5.6. (developing view plane regulations and alternatives to tall, <br />vegetative windbreaks.)*h <br />I have been involved in the forest industry here in Hawaii since 1979. 1 am a native of'----' <br />Hawaii island, and grew up with the presence of the sugar plantations, and clear­vlews of -- <br />the mountains and ocean. <br />I can understand the desire to preserve the view planes from the highways, but I think that <br />putting restrictions on what landowners can plant on their own lands if zoned agriculture, <br />may lead to hurting the agricultural, as well as forest industry here in Hawaii. <br />I think it makes sense to have buffers along the highways, so that if trees area planted, <br />they will not interfere with the electrical lines and utility poles. Keep in mind that the <br />existing eucalyptus trees are past the expected harvest rotation, and had not been <br />intended to be grown for such a long period before harvest. At a wider planting space, <br />they would also be shorter and stouter. Please be cautious in developing view plane <br />regulations. I feel that if the area is zoned agriculture, and the crop does not impact the <br />neighbors' crops, the landowner should be able to grow what he wants as long as the crop <br />is not illegal. Views are not an agricultural commodity. <br />4.5.6 Community action , "...alternatives to tall, vegetative windbreaks that impact <br />viewsheds" is disturbing to me. I believe that landowners should be able to plant what <br />they want, as long as the vegetations roots, and branches do not protrude or invade into <br />their neighbors' lands, nor create a dangerous condition. Many people have planted <br />shorter invasive plants which they think are wonderful hedges, and look and smell so nice, <br />and they don't care that the plants are spread readily by wind, or birds, and can spread <br />into their neighbors, or the native forest areas. If anything, the education should be <br />directed to what species they are planting that are invasive. A good group to contact is <br />the Big Island Invasive Species Committee. <br />Mahalo for taking the time to read this. <br />Aloha, <br />Aileen Yeh <br />Hilo, HI <br />1 <br />1180G33 <br />