State land use panel rejects plan for 12,000 homes on Ewa farms...

Aug 29, 2009 Read more: Honolulu Star-Bulletin 85
In a rare move, the state Land Use Commission rejected yesterday a developer's push to urbanize 1,500 acres of prime agricultural land in Ewa to create a new community of nearly 12,000 homes. Read more
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Mike

Honolulu, HI

#1 Aug 29, 2009
THANK GOD
enufalready

Wailuku, HI

#2 Aug 29, 2009
It's just a matter of time until the developers gain the right to go ahead with continued overbuilding on what remains of the last best ag land on Oahu; their pockets are deep, their vision is focused and far too many are corrupted to withstand the call to drink deep of the profits. The battle was lost decades ago when Oahu adopted the mainland suburbia model for its lifestyle and the people here sheepishly went along with the destruction of a once beautiful place.
Jesse

Dallas, TX

#3 Aug 29, 2009
Except for the overblown headline, this is a well written article describing the interests of both sides. Residents who oppose overdevelopment, further traffic congestion and the disappearance of green spaces will have to really stay on their toes though. The Land Use Commission just wants Horton to fix it's petition; as the developer said, "It's a temporary setback at this point in time."

The plumber's union rep who prefers construction jobs to agricultural products is being short sighted. There are other places to build or rebuild that are more appropriate. Take away the best land for farming, and that option is gone.
B Real

Honolulu, HI

#4 Aug 29, 2009
Please don't let these money grubbing swine ruin our state! Stand firm against Ho'opili!
john w bienko

Ottawa, Canada

#5 Aug 29, 2009
I would counsel undertaking a comprenhensive analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of the proposal. It would be apparent the value of highly productive agricultural lands is ASTRONOMICAL. This valued resource provides food and lifesustaining products forever. Vital ingredients for everyone's benefit and survival. Once the lands are converted to concrete jungles, this unique property can never be returned to its original productive state. Aloha Oe
okden

Pearl City, HI

#6 Aug 29, 2009
the sad thing is that the City and County will not even consider re-routing that train to serve existing Ewa communities

let's hurry up and start the legislative session, we need to stop that rail GET money as soon as we can

a GET tax increase is inevitable --- but we can stop the rail GET and source it into our state

we will need it after that arbitrator's decision
Mahalo Land Board

Honolulu, HI

#7 Aug 29, 2009
A Big Mahalo and Aloha to our State Land Board for having the vision to see our Hawaii in a way quite different from Mufi, Schuler Homes and others that want to compact, clutter, congest and compartmentalize us by AND destroy the last open space upon the Ewa Plain.

Here we see People, the power of Good Folks in the Land Board UNAFRAID to tell Mufi and Schuler where to stick it.

Mahalo too goes out to Buzzy Hong, coming in for the little guys.

Eh, and Aloun Farms, maybe they stay in pilikia right now, BUT, NO LOSE SIGHT OF THE BIG PICTURE.

OPEN SPACE, PEOPLE.

WE NEED THAT OPEN SPACE AND AG LAND.

NO MAKE HONOLULU LIKE TOKYO, MUFI.
tita inside

Honolulu, HI

#8 Aug 29, 2009
Whoa! What a shocker! The Land Use Comm. is probably holding out for more momey to line their pockets! Got to watch this issue very closely. The developer has no cares about the public's concerns-like wanting to grow food for consumption. The outrage will be for naught-they will build because the money's too sweet! Never mind the peas and potatoes-but what good is the money if there is no food around to buy? It is appalling that the LUC didn't consider the traffic conditions either instead made it's decision on "faulty" petition. Watch this good gang.
jnkreaders

Lihue, HI

#9 Aug 29, 2009
The Land Use Commission has more to say about the future of our lives on Oahu that either the Governor or Mayor. This proposed development is significant and must be seen in the light of all who live on Oahu. What are the developers contributing to the betterment of our lives?
Von

Aiea, HI

#10 Aug 29, 2009
There are way too many houses already that no one can afford on the leeward side so I say, Good Job!
Fair is fair

Honolulu, HI

#11 Aug 29, 2009
It it is allowed to go forward, the developer should also pay a significant amount of the cost of building rail transit, since it will directly serve the area.
Disgusted

Kaneohe, HI

#12 Aug 29, 2009
Mahalo Land Board? They temporarily halted this for all the WRONG reasons. They don't care that Hawaii can't even feed itself, and won't be when all the agricultural land is gone with no hope of redemption. They don't care that only HI and AK have to pay through the nose for shipping because of the Jones Act. They don't care that once again nothing is being done to make the developer pay for the infrastructure. Yeah, you know like water, sewage, roads, stuff like that. They don't care that Mufi's choo choo train will be obsolete and inadequate before it's built, and puts the state in debt for billions. Just remember who voted these politicians in, and that these same politicians appoint all these boards. These politicians make the Big Five look benevolent.
my take on the situation

Kalaheo, HI

#13 Aug 29, 2009
too many houses, too much traffic, not enough water, not enough open spaces - I support this decision.
vinagirl

Honolulu, HI

#14 Aug 29, 2009
this people in politics once you show them the money and their pockets is filled they don't give a hoot about who's toes they need to step on to get their commitments done. People of Ewa, Kapolei stand up to them and shut em down, who the hell the developers are just taking one of the best our last agri land and putting homes on it? who the hell going buy em? foreigners they got all the money, yeah he said more job, school, sure traffic, roads going be more crowded just leave the land as is so it my sustain us with food,grow local, buy local, and stay local!
vinagirl

Honolulu, HI

#15 Aug 29, 2009
Fair is fair wrote:
It it is allowed to go forward, the developer should also pay a significant amount of the cost of building rail transit, since it will directly serve the area.
this development will not move forward,the people will shut it down.
Big John-Hawaii Kai

Kailua Kona, HI

#16 Aug 29, 2009
DHS to his CFO. "How much money did we slip to the Land Use Commission?"

CFO: "I'll have to check but it was substantial."

DHS: Well, obviously it wasn't enough since they rejected our petition to build. Whatever the amount was we need to increase it. See that it's done."

CFO: "Yes sir!"
freedom

Ewa Beach, HI

#17 Aug 29, 2009
Grow food, not houses!!!!
Kuleana

Waianae, HI

#18 Aug 29, 2009
U know they ONLY want a portion of this. Eventually they'll get what they want.
thank you jesus

Honolulu, HI

#19 Aug 29, 2009
thank god there's some sense remaining in some people's brains. Obviously, you need the train before any of this stuff can be built, and we can't even afford the train...
waterman

Waikoloa, HI

#20 Aug 29, 2009
I encourage the LUC to seek means to save the most valuable fresh produce ag lands for the future of Oahu. It can be a very large ag park surrounded by more vertical housing if there is a demonstrated need. Land trades should not be ruled out. For many years, I have argued for the protection of these lands. To those who are in favor or opposed, please think of solutions for the future generations. The answer is neither blak nor white.

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