D.R. Horton — Schuler Homes LLC has submitted its application to the City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Planning and Permitting for the rezoning of 1,289 acres of agricultural land to urban for its 11,750-home master-planned community in Ewa in West Oahu called Hoopili.
The East Kapolei project, which is being designed by Honolulu-based Group 70 International, calls for 264 acres to be kept as agricultural lands that will be used for commercial agriculture, community gardens, open space and infrastructure.
Besides the single and multi-family homes, Hoopili also includes commercial and light industrial space, community facilities, three elementary schools, one middle school, a high school, parks and open space, facilities and utilities.
D.R. Horton (NYSE: DHI) hopes to start construction on the Hoopili project in 2015 and deliver the first homes shortly after.
About two years ago, the Hawaii Land Use Commission voted in favor of changing the land designation for Hoopili.
Opponents of the master-planned community argue that it will take away prime agricultural lands and cause even more traffic jams along the already congested West Oahu corridor.
Cameron Nekota, vice president for D.R. Horton — Schuler Homes, who is in charge of all of its real estate acquisition efforts, in addition to overseeing the Hoopili project, did not immediately return messages left by PBN.
Duane Shimogawa Reporter – Pacific Business News