Final Decision on Hoopili Delayed Despite Opponents' Protests

Sophie Cocke/ Civil Beat

State officials on Tuesday granted the developer of a proposed 12,000 home master-planned community in Ewa extra time to file legal documents, pushing back what was supposed to be a major decision on the controversial development's fate.

The Land Use Commission is ruling on whether or not to grant D.R. Horton’s petition to reclassify about 1,500 acres of agricultural land to urban for its Hoopili development. This is the second time the case, which has dragged on for nearly six years, has gone before the commission.

But on Tuesday, the developer said it needed more time to clarify a constitutional issue of whether or not commissioners even have the power to make a decision in the case.

The nine-member panel voted in favor of the extension with with one dissenting vote — Thomas Contrades from Kauai. All three opponents in the case — the Sierra Club, Friends of Makakilo and Sen. Clayton Hee — objected to the extension.

“We are really troubled by the game of filing the motion Friday afternoon at a quarter to three,” said Kioni Dudley, president of Friends of Makakilo, of D.R. Horton’s last minute request for a delay last week.

Both sides have had two months to file documents laying out their case. D.R. Horton's filing is nearly 200 pages long.

On Tuesday, Hoopili opponents argued that D.R. Horton was attempting to delay proceedings to its benefit.

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