A major development project in West Oahu cleared a big hurdle Wednesday afternoon at Honolulu Hale.
The Honolulu City Council unanimously approved D.R. Horton’s Hoopili project, which would allow 11,750 homes to be built between Kapolei and Ewa.
Supporters say the project will create more affordable housing and jobs while opponents say it takes away precious farm land and adds to Oahu’s growing traffic problem.
“There will be horrendous traffic with Hoopili that is much worse than it is now and the third reason is what is beautiful about our island, why tourists come here is because they come to see the mountains and the ocean and our farms, and they do not come to see housing developments,” one person testified.
“I was looking for a home where I could raise a family and I finally found a home in the Ewa Beach area, and I’d like to see other people have that experience where they could put in roots and live in a good community,” testified another.
“I think from the very beginning we designed Hoopili to be a community where people don’t have to get in their cars and drive. We have 7,500 permanent jobs in the project. We wanted to give people options so they don’t have to get in their cars and drive into downtown Honolulu,” said Cameron Nekota, D.R. Horton vice president.
A spokesperson for Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s office says he intends to sign the bill into law.
Construction for Hoopili would begin in late 2016. Click here for more information.
The following renderings were provided by D.R. Horton: