Supreme Court backs controversial Hoopili development in West Oahu

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A controversial development planned in West Oahu is one step closer to reality.

The Hawaii Supreme Court issued a ruling Monday that paves the way for the reclassification of approximately 1,525 acres of land from an agricultural state land use district to an urban one.

That land is slated for development in the Hoopili project.

The 2012 appeal was filed by the Sierra Club and Clayton Hee and said the Land Use Commission was wrong to allow farmland on the Ewa plain to be zoned for homes. Opponents argue that the reclassification does not follow the state’s obligation to conserve and protect agricultural land.

The opinion, written by Justice Sabrina McKenna, states that “reliable, probative, and substantial evidence supported the (Land Use Commission)’s finding that the reclassification of the land at issue in this case was consistent with the Hawaii State Plan, would not substantially impair agricultural production, and was necessary for urban growth.”

“We thank the Supreme Court for their integrity, diligence and thorough review of our proposed project,” said Bob Bruhl, president of D.R. Horton Hawaii. “Today’s milestone decision from the Supreme Court has brought us one step closer to providing local families with a vibrant community in the heart of West Oahu.”

Plans for Hoopili include 11,750 homes, five new schools, more than 160 acres of commercial farm land, and new locations for the Hawaiian Humane Society and Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center.

Ground is expected to be broken in 2016.

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