A Honolulu City Council committee has advanced a proposed development in West Oahu.
The council’s zoning committee gave the green light Thursday for Hoopili’s next step.
The project is supposed to build 11,750 homes on land between Kapolei and Ewa, an estimated 30 percent of which would be affordable.
It’s the largest re-zoning plan to come to the city council in at least two decades, and comes with some controversy.
“I think what the opponents have done, and the people who have come out and testified for and against the project have done, is help to make it better,” said D.R. Horton vice president Cameron Nekota. “I think it forced us to really look deep and see what we can do to make changes and a lot of the changes we made were as a direct result of the comments.”
Plans include up to four million square feet of commercial space and 200 acres of agricultural land.
“We obviously realize that farming is an important part of Hawaii and how many of us grew up and what we tried to do is incorporate a lifestyle into Hoopili that’s going to capture that agricultural history,” Nekota said.
Those who oppose the project say added homes will only worsen traffic in West Oahu.
“It’s a terrible calamity that we’ve only got the possibility of one more lane on that freeway coming into town. Traffic is backed up three miles, four-and-a-half miles every day and we’re building 53,000 houses out there already to use that one lane. That just doesn’t make any sense,” said Kioni Dudley, Friends of Makakilo.
The proposal needs two more readings of the full council and at least one more go-around before the zoning committee.
If approved, building would commence in phases for the next 20 to 30 years.
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