(BIVN) – The Parker Ranch Waimea Town Center Environmental Assessment will be shared tonight at the Waimea Community Association Town Meeting.
Planning consultant Bill Moore will provide an overview of the recently completed EA, which was required to “allow development of infrastructure improvements to support the build-out of the planned and approved Waimea Town Center Project (originally know at Parker Ranch 2020),” the association says. “Moore will review the EA’s key findings based on wide-ranging consultant reports.”
The Waimea Community Association says the EA was required before any work can begin on several significant projects including the connection of Ala ‘Ohi’a to Mamalahoa Highway, the extension of Lindsey Road from Mamalahoa Hwy to Ala ‘Ohi’a, and essential sewer improvements.
Big Island Video News filmed a presentation on the EA given by Moore at a Waimea Town Meeting in October 2015 (video above). The environmental assessment was in the planning stages at that time.
Parker Ranch CEO Dutch Kuyper will be joining Moore for the presentation and will answer questions afterwards.
“EA findings are expected to foster community dialogue about center-of-town plans and opportunities over the next 10-20-30 years – a discussion and action planning that will set the course for what Waimea will be like for the next generations of residents,” the association says.
The meeting begins at 5:15 p.m. on Thurs., May 4, at the Waimea School Cafeteria.
Also on the Town Hall agenda: An overview of Hawaii County Parks and Recreation’s Coordinated Services programs for seniors with guest speaker Roann Okamura, followed by Dr. Kimo Alameida from County Office of Aging.
Waimea Seniors’ President Pat Lewi will briefly review the popular club’s activities and focus.
County Council Chair Val Poindexter and Waimea Council Member Dr. Tim Richards will give updates, while South Kohala Traffic Safety Committee Chair James Hustace “will introduce a community survey initiated by the committee to solicit grassroots input into traffic safety and planning concerns, priorities and opportunities,” the association says.
Finally, “in keeping with WCA’s new monthly spotlight on a community non-profit, Tim Bostock will talk briefly about the every-Thursday Community Meal that has been served for the past 20+ weeks to Waimea residents including kupuna, homeless and many children by the congregation of St. James in partnership with the Big Island Giving Tree, numerous farms, ranches and Waimea businesses, and dozens of volunteers including students from HPA and boy scouts,” the WCA writes.