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Honolulu City Council votes in favor of Hoopili development

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Before the Honolulu City Council took its third and final vote, and after five months of haggling over a bill to rezone agricultural land for the Hoopili project, more than 30 testifiers made a last stand for and against the master-planned community.

"You've ignored us. You've ignored the evidence. And from my perspective, that's a betrayal of the public trust" Hoopili critic Jack De Feo said.

"We support this bill so that we can support our people and our major market and do the right thing," said supporter Anthony Guerrero on behalf of the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center.

Developer D.R. Horton intends to build 11,750 homes between Ewa and Kapolei.  Hoopili advocates believe the development will help meet a housing need and put people to work.

"We need the homes. We need the schools. We need the roads improved, all of which they've agreed to do," Kevin Rathbun said.

"This is the vision. This is what you hear. New housing. All different types of housing. People interested in sustainable living will be able to do that," Tesha Malama said.

Opponents of the $4 billion project have argued all along that prime farmland will be lost forever and traffic will only get worse.

"May 6, 2015, a date that will live in infamy. You caused this. It's your responsibility. You did not protect the people," John Bond told the Council.

"The state of California is doing all that it can to protect its prime farm land. What are we doing to protect ours?" Annie Sweet said.

After about three hours of public testimony and time for Council questions and statements, all nine Council members voted "yes" on Bill 3. Ann Kobayashi and Ron Menor voted "yes" with reservations.

The bill now goes to Mayor Kirk Caldwell.  Once he gets it he has ten days to sign or veto the measure, or let it become law without his signature. He has said in the past that he supports the project.  D.R. Horton could break ground on Hoopili at the end of 2016.

Click to see the Hoopili master plan: http://bit.ly/1ER2ipa

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