D.R. Horton – Schuler Homes’ long-planned 11,750-home master-planned Hoopili project in Ewa in West Oahu is moving ahead after the Hawaii State Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Texas developer, saying that the state Land Use Commission properly reclassified the 1,525 acres for the project from agricultural to urban, according to a ruling Tuesday.
The Hawaii Supreme Court ruled against the appeal made by Sierra Club Hawaii Chapter and former state Sen. Clayton Hee, who argued the LUC’s reclassification of land for Hoopili violated part of the state constitution that dealt with conserving these types of lands for agricultural uses.
Sierra Club and Hee also argued that the LUC should not reclassify lands that the City and County of Honolulu could potentially designate as important agricultural lands in the future.
But in the end, the state Supreme Court said that “substantial evidence supported the LUC’s additional findings that the reclassification would not substantially impair agricultural production.”
Judge Richard Pollack, associate justice of the state Supreme Court, disagreed with the ruling. Click here to read his 26-page dissenting opinion on the case.
In October, the LUC ruled against reconsidering its 2012 decision to change the use of the land after an appeal had been filed by Friends of Makakilo.
Traffic and the diversion of potential agricultural lands have been the two main concerns that opponents have with the project.
In addition to single- and multi-family homes, Hoopili would also include commercial and light industrial space, community facilities, schools, parks and open space, facilities, commercial farming and utilities.
D.R. Horton also has gifted the Hawaiian Humane Society and the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center for new West Oahu campuses. There’s also a planned 38-acre retail center by The MacNaughton Group and Kobayashi Group.
D.R. Horton, through its top executive in Hawaii, said that it could start construction on the $4.6 billion project in 2016.