State gives developer another chance

Victoria Cannon
Victoria Cannon
Melelani Llanes
Melelani Llanes

By Kristine Uyeno - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - More heated debate over a development project, planned for West Oahu.

Today, the state officials decided whether to give D.R. Horton the green light on a new community, turning prime ag land into a residential area.

It's a plan many people who attended the meeting, did not support.

The developer wants to build Ho'opili between Ewa Beach, Kapolei and Waipahu, where people can live, work and play.

But others see differently.

"Insufficient water supply, insufficient sewer systems, insufficient clean energy and recycling systems," said Victoria Cannon, resident.

Those are just some of the concerns West Oahu residents expressed at today's meeting.

"Rezoning the richest soil we have left and forcing out the most important part that supplies us with local produce is just another way developers get what they want, regardless of the negative long-term effects on the population," said Melelani Llanes, resident.

Companies like Aloun Farm would need to move.

"We've been talking to the farmers out there and they've understood that this is going to be something that's going to be a gradual transition when they signed the leases with Campbell, so many years ago, they understood that eventually development could happen in this area," said Mikes Jones, division president of D.R. Horton.

Residents also fear the nearly 12,000 homes planned on this 1,500-acre site will increase traffic on roads, that are already badly congested.

"You know our vision would be that there would be jobs there for people, schools there for people, housing there for people and trying to reduce some of the traffic trips within Ho'opili and within the Kapolei region," said Jones.

The commission did not deny D.R. Horton's petition, but ruled it deficient.

That means, the developer can fix it and resubmit it after 45 days.