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Makakilo / Kapolei / Honokai Hale Neighborhood Board No. 34

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DRAFT REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

Wednesday, JUNE 26, 2013

KAPOLEI HIGH SCHOOL CAFETORIUM

 

CALL TO ORDER: Chair Troy Cullen called the meeting to order at 7:07 p.m. with a quorum of eight (8) members present. Note: This nine (9) member Board requires five (5) members to establish a quorum and take official Board action. Chair Cullen read the rules of speaking and order and decorum. A roll call of Board members present was done by Neighborhood Assistant Lefebvre.

 

Members Present: Marissa Capelouto (arrived at 7:43 p.m.), Troy Cullen, Michael Kioni Dudley, Jack Legal, Gene O’Nale, Jame Schaedel, Evelyn Souza, George Yamamoto and Linda Young.

 

Members Absent: None.

 

Vacancies: None.

 

Guests: Officer Tanya Fiaseu (Honolulu Police Department), Robert Allocca, Ralph Faufata, Jackie Zahn, Charles Zahn (Neighborhood Commission), Councilmember Kymberly Pine and Kiran Polk (Councilmember Pine’s Office), Clayton DeCosta (Operator Local 3 Union), Mel Kalama (Laborer Union Local 368), Hanna Edwards (Convoy of Hope); Sam Kalilikane, Darryl Duvauchelle, Matthew Gatdula and Tammy Kaupena (Carpenters), Edward Ciliberti, Rian Adachi (Board of Water Supply), Wayne Helg, Frank Genadio, Rock Riggs (Senator Mike Gabbard’s Office), Tesha Malama (Honolulu Community Development Authority), Thad, Firefighter Barney Hanson (Honolulu Fire Department), Jeff Healy, Michael Freitas, Dean Capelouto, Nancy McPherson (Department of Hawaiian Home Lands), Mitchell Tynanes, Michael Golojuch (Palehua Town Homes Association), Michele Golojuch, Michael Golojuch Jr. (Honolulu Pride), Glenn Butles, Theresia McMurdo, Representative Karen Awana, Representative Sharon Har,  Georgette Stevens, Alan Gano, Mike Loy, Benedicto Salviejo, Lee Tokuhara, Bob Bruhl, Cameron Nekota (D.R. Horton-Schuler, and Adam LeFebvre (Neighborhood Commission Office staff).

 

MONTHLY REPORTS:

 

Honolulu Fire Department (HFD): Firefighter Barney Hanson reported:

 

·         Fire Statistics of May 2013: Statistics included 2 structure fires, 4 wildland fires, 1 rubbish fire, 91 medical emergencies, 36 miscellaneous calls for service and 0 major or unusual incidents.

 

·         Fire Safety Report: As the risk for wildland fires increases as summer approaches, residents are asked to make a 30-foot wide fire break by clearing vegetation and clutter around all structures. If your property borders an area where a wildland fire could occur, consider the need for fire department access in case the fire approaches your home. Have an emergency preparedness plan available.

 

Questions, comments and concerns followed:

 

1.     HFD Helicopter: Board member Legal noted he had seen a helicopter carrying some type of cargo near Camp Timberline in Makakilo. Firefighter Hanson will follow-up.

 

2.     Mahalo Fire Fighters: Community member Mitchell Tynanes thanked HFD off-duty and retired firemen for assisting in the cleanup of Ewa Cemetery. Volunteers cut weeds at the cemetery on several occasions.

 

Honolulu Police Department (HPD): Officer Tanya Fiaseu reported:

 

·         Crime Statistics for April/May 2013: Copies of the crime statistics were made available. A correction was made on the statistics sheet, noting the months should read May and April 2013, not June and May 2013.

·         Crime Safety Tip: An unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle (UEMV), most commonly referred to as a vehicle break in occurs daily within the district. UEMV’s happen at the beach park, shopping center, and business establishments. Residents were provided a list of tips to prevent vehicle break-ins.

 

·         Community Events: The Community Policing Team held 13 citizen patrol walks this month. A leadership conference was held on June 1, 2013; 60 high school students from across the island participated. HPD will also participate in the June 27, 2013 Convoy of Hope event.

 

·         New Organization: E Ola Pono Ma Kapolei, a coalition for a drug-free Hawaii organization. The group looks to hold an event in early October of this year and will be meeting on July 8, 2013, at Kapolei High School.

 

Questions, comments and concerns followed: Speed Monitoring Device: Board member Souza noted that motorists continue to speed down Makakilo Drive and requested that speed trailer be placed in the vicinity. Officer Fiaseu noted she received a request to place a monitor in Ewa Beach, but she will submit the request.

 

BOARD BUSINESS:

 

Makakilo Drive Extension Overview: Board member Schaedel explained that the transportation committee held a meeting with members and residents discussing the resolution encouraging the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization (OahuMPO), the City and County of Honolulu, and the Department of Transportation Services (DTS) to fully fund, and add the Makakilo Drive Extension to the transportation improvement program in fiscal year 2014.

 

Schaedel on behalf of the Transportation Committee, and therefore not requiring a second, moved that the Makakilo/Kapolei/Honokai Hale Neighborhood Board No. 34 support the resolution as stated. 

 

Questions, comments and concerns followed:

 

1.     Speed and Steepness Factor: Board member Dudley, speaking in support of the motion, noted concern regarding the speed and steepness factor. Dudley requested the roadway be built in such a way that you can drive it while using as little gas as possible.

 

2.     Support Completion of Project: Community member Mike Loy, speaking in support of the motion, and encouraged Board member to support the motion. The project has been planned since the early 1990’s.

 

The motion to support the resolution encouraging the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization, the City & County of Honolulu, and the Department of Transportation Services to support, fully fund, and add the Makakilo Drive Extension to the transportation improvement program in fiscal year 2014, was ADDPTED UNANIMOUSLY, 8-0-0, (Aye: Cullen, Dudley, Legal, O’Nale, Schaedel, Souza, Yamamoto and Young.)

 

Kapolei Hale Future Board Venue: Chair Cullen explained that after speaking to Executive Secretary Nicole Velasco, the Neighborhood Commission Office (NCO) is suggesting the Neighborhood Board move meeting locations to the Kapolei Hale conference room. Kapolei Hale would be free of charge for the Neighborhood Board.

 

Questions, comments and concerns followed:

 

1.     Conference Room Accommodations: A Board member raised concerns regarding the air conditioner as well as the seating arrangements. A comment was made that the furniture in the conference rooms are heavy and will need to be moved to accommodate the Board meeting.

 

2.     Kapolei High School Price: A Board member questioned the price of renting the Kapolei High School cafeteria. It was noted the high school charges approximately $500 for the entire year. A Board member noted that the high school is very accommodating and the price is lower than other locations.

 

3.     Kapolei Hale Parking Issue: Board member Dudley raised concern regarding the parking at Kapolei Hale, noting that attendees will need to park roadside. Concern was also raised regarding the pillars in the room, noting that they would block the view for community members.

 

4.     Community Capacity: Community member Dean Capelouto opposed moving to Kapolei Hale, noting that the room capacity would not accommodate a large community attendance.

 

COMMUNITY/BOARD CONCERNS & ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

Ewa Development Plan Meeting: A resident noted the community meeting regarding the Ewa Development Plan was well attended, where residents shared their comments and concerns. The meeting was very informative, touching on the Hoopili Development and projects in the central Ewa plains. The meeting will be aired on Olelo.

 

Cobblestone Intersection: A resident noted that a cobblestone intersection/entrance has finally been repaired. The cobblestone was bumpy and very dangerous for motorists and pedestrians.

 

The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA): Community member Michael Golojuch Jr. noted he attended a rally at the State Capitol prior to the Board meeting. The Supreme Court declared DOMA to be unconstitutional. Proposition 8, also known as Prop 8 was also denied. Mayor Kirk Caldwell provided supportive comments at the rally.

 

Bus Stop Request: Community member Sam Kalilikane of the carpenters union questioned the status of a bus stop. Chair Cullen noted the question may be better suited for the city representatives.

 

MONTHLY REPORTS CONTINUED:

 

Mayor Kirk Caldwell: No report available, no representative present at this time.

 

Board of Water Supply (BWS): Rian Adachi reported:

 

·         Water Main Break Report: No water main breaks reported in May 2013.

 

  • Annual Quality Reports: BWS conducts thousands of tests on the water sources and distribution system to certify that municipal water meets or exceeds all federal and state safe drinking water standards. The results are shared with customers in the annual water quality report, which will be mailed to customers by July 1, 2013. Digital copies are also available at www.boardofwatersupply.com.

 

  • 2013 Water Conservation Week: BWS and Hawaii Energy would like to thank more than 1,300 student artists and 200 poets who participate din the 2013 Water Conservation Week poster and poetry contests. The contest winners were announced and recognized in May. Winning posters and poems will be on exhibit at Kahala Mall, Windward Mall, Kapolei Hale and the BWS Public Service Building Lobby.

 

Questions, comments and concerns followed:

 

1.     Annual Quality Reports: A community member questioned who receives the annual reports, noting he has received three different reports this year. Adachi noted that it is a federally mandated requirement and the reports are sent to all BWS customers island-wide.

 

2.     Water Tower Fencing: Resident Thad Spreg noted that the fence line at one of the water towers was replaced with a new green fence. Spreg questioned the cost of the new fence, and if there are plans to replace the fence at other water towers, noting there are four (4) reservoirs on Makakilo.

 

3.     Out of State Consultant: Resident Jeff Healey noted he had spoken to an out-of-state BWS consultant, noting he has returned to the island 52 times over the past three years. Healey questioned what BWS is paying this consultant for, and why has it taken three years and 52 trips. 

 

4.     Deficient Water Meters: A community member raised concern regarding an article where water meters were supposedly deficient or not working properly. The community member questioned if BWS will check every meter. Adachi noted if residents notice a difference in their reading to contact BWS. Without input from residents it is difficult to locate problems as there are several hundred thousand water meters island-wide. BWS is willing to work with customers.

 

5.     BWS Responsive: A Board member noted that he contacted BWS regarding a high water bill and the department was very responsive and refunded the difference. Residents were encouraged to call BWS to dispute a water bill, and if the complaint is valid BWS will refund the customer.

 

Councilmember Kymberly Pine: Councilmember Pine provided her monthly report and highlighted:

 

·         BWS Fee Structures: The City Council discussed a resolution today dealing with water fees and rates. The council is asking BWS to look into fee structures and to find more equitable ways to deliver fees to customers. BWS was also asked to look into offering different water rates to customers during hard times.

 

·         City Budget Passed: The City Council passed the city budget. Community members were thanked for their testimony, specifically regarding the community benefits package. Kapolei will receive $500,000 to be released this upcoming fiscal year. Other accomplishments include $3 million for the golf course design, funds to restore the E bus route. A total of $4.8 million for traffic signals in Makakilo and improvements to Farrington Highway. A total of $300,000 to irrigation and landscaping of the regional park, and of funds for the Makakilo Community Park, Kapolei Police Station and funding for an animal shelter.

 

Board member Marissa Capelouto arrived at 7:43 p.m.; a quorum of nine (9) members present.

 

Questions, comments and concerns followed:

 

1.     Animal Control Facility: Comments were made regarding a Leeward animal control facility location. The Hawaiian Humane Society is looking to apply for the grant. Several other entities, such as the Oahu Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA), are applying for the grant, and talking with Hunt Development and DR Horton. The facility will be located between Kapolei and Ewa Beach. Comments were made noting that the grant may be better utilized by other organizations. It was noted that the Hawaiian Humane Society may also plan to include a dog park in the area.

 

2.     Application Deadline: A resident questioned when the deadline for the application is. Councilmember Pine will follow-up. If the Hawaiian Humane Society is successful, plans would include a five-acre dog park.

 

3.     Legislation Goals: A community member questioned what are the Councilmember’s first five bills she plans to pass. Councilmember Pine noted legislation is not her first goal, as there are many issues facing the community. The Councilmember directed staff to look at past budgets, meet with directors and community leaders to ensure that projects are being seen to completion. Councilmember Pine will be added to the council budget committee and zoning committee, which both affect the community very much.

 

4.     Park Restroom Facilities: A comment was made noting that Waianae constituents have concerns with the lack of restroom facilities at their beach parks. Councilmember Pine noted she is aware of the concern and for the first time, full funding for restroom facilities for that park has been acquired.

 

5.     Marriage Equality Position: A resident questioned the Councilmember’s position on marriage equality, noting that three council members are on record for supporting the effort. Councilmember Pine congratulated the resident on the DOMA repeal; however noted she chose not to hear the issue as the city council does not handle these issues. Councilmember Pine noted she would be willing to hear it next year.

 

Governor Neil Abercrombie: No report available, no representative present at this time.

 

Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA): Tesha Malama reported:

 

·         Roosevelt Avenue Trees: Following-up on a question regarding the trees on Roosevelt Avenue near Barbers Point Elementary School, HCDA is working with Senator Gabbard’s office and requested an arborist look at the trees. It was discovered that 4-5 trees are diseased. The department awaiting the department’s plan to address the trees. Malama noted any trees that are removed will be replaced.

 

·         U.S. Veterans: The U.S. Veterans is proposing to construct a new building in Kalaeloa. Cloudbreak Development LLC is handling the project. The company submitted their initial application for development permit, and will be presenting through July to HCDA stakeholders. The Board will be notified through the Kalaeloa Notification Team. It is anticipate that the project will begin public hearings in September.

 

Questions, comments and concerns followed:

 

1.     Tree Salvation: A resident noted the trees must be almost 100 years old and suggested replanting them instead of removing them. Malama understood the concern, noting that a plan is forthcoming.

 

2.     Photovoltaic (PV) Panels: A community member noted the PV panels questioning who owns the two PV projects in the district. Malama explained that one project is on State Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) property, which residents may see the panels on the west side of district. This project is owned by a local company. The other project is on Hunt Development land and was sold to an internationally owned company. Both projects are aimed at reducing the use of fossil fuels.

 

3.     Military Housing in Kalaeloa: A community member questioned if troops from Guam will be housed at Kalaeloa. HCDA participated in two feasibility studies; however, the priority is keeping the troops near the Kaneohe Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Malama will keep the Board posted as no plans have been finalized. The community member requested the Board entertains a presentation on the matter.

 

4.     Military Flying Patterns: A Board member questioned the status of military aircraft flying patterns. Follow-up emails have been sent to the Ewa Neighborhood Board noting that flights must keep a ceiling no lower than 400 feet. The National Guard and Coast Guard are advised to fly towards to ocean. Residents may contact DOT with future concerns. Callers are asked to provide a description and details.

 

5.     Annual Stakeholder Meeting: It was noted that the annual Kalaeloa Stakeholders Summit Meeting, was held last week Friday where landowners presented updates. It was clarified that the Neighborhood Board has been apprised of all of the items covered including the electrical and utilities project, Hunt Development’s strategic implementation plan, and Cloudbreak Development LLC. A Board member requested a brief synopsis be provided. Malama noted a summary may be provided.

 

6.     Loss of Funds/Projects: A resident noted that HCDA is a state governed department. The resident noted that HCDA had denied a $40 million Kiewit project, and questioned how much money the community lost. Malama noted she is unaware of any project that was denied, but will follow-up.

 

7.     Roadway Extension: A resident questioned when the extension from Campbell Industrial Park to Roosevelt Avenue will be completed. The City Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) continue to work on the roadway, right-of-ways and connectivity points and will be informed of the request to expedite the project.

 

8.     Strategic Implementation Master Plan: A community member questioned the possibility of 4,000 homes being built in Kalaeloa. Malama noted the 4,000 homes are part of what Hunt Development foresees as part of the strategic implementation plan. The Kalaeloa Master Plan calls for 6,500 units over a 20-year time line. No projects have been submitted at this time except the U.S. Veterans building.

 

Representative Sharon Har: Representative Har provided her monthly report and highlighted:

 

·         Recognize Outgoing Members: Representative Har recognized Board members Linda Young, George Yamamoto and Jame Schaedel for their years on the Neighborhood Board. The three members were thanked for their service to the community and provided certificates on behalf of Representative Har.

 

·         Board Vacancy: Representative Har recognized Board member-elect James Macy and provided her condolences to his wife and family. Due to his passing there is a Board vacancy in July. Representative Har suggested the Board appoint Linda Young as she was the Board member with the next highest vote. It was also noted Young is from Kapolei, and that all other Board members-elect are from Makakilo.

 

·         Funds for Education: As a member of the House Finance committee, Representative Har fought for funding for the district for six years. Governor Abercrombie has released $40 million for construction of a new Kapolei Elementary School to be located near Fort Barrett Road; $4.7 million for locker rooms and showers at Kapolei High School and $375,000 for a portable education building at Makakilo Elementary School.

 

·         New Schools: Kapolei Middle School 2 will be located near the Kroc Community Center. East Kapolei High School will be located off of Farrington Highway near the University of Hawaii West Oahu campus.

 

·         Pookela Award Recipients: Included in the Representative’s report is a list of the Kapolei Middle School’s 2013 Pookela Award Recipients. Students were awarded for various achievements they’ve accomplished.

 

Questions, comments and concerns followed: Mahalo Outgoing Members: A comment was made recognizing Board members Young, Yamamoto and Schaedel thanking them for their service. Lei were presented.

 

Representative Karen Awana: Representative Awana provided her monthly report and highlighted:

 

·         Reapportionment District: Since the recent reapportionment, Representative Awana’s district boundary has grown and now includes Kalaeloa, Lanikai Gardens and Lualualei.

 

·         Capital Improvement Project (CIP): Representative Awana listed several CIP’s that benefit the residents of House District 43. The list of projects was included in her report which included $1.1 million for the Kapolei Community Development Corporation, $3 million for the fuel pier facility improvements in Kalaeloa, and $13.5 in federal funds and $1.5 million in state funds for the westbound afternoon contra flow lane.

 

·         National Caucus: As a member of the National Caucus of Native American Legislators Representative Awana is involved with interracial initiatives. Members of this national caucus include legislators from the US Hispanic, Asian, Native American, Hawaiian, and African American genealogy.

 

Questions, comments and concerns followed:

 

1.     Financial Assistance Program: A comment was made noting the passing of an assistance program, signed by Governor Abercrombie, which aids lower income residents to own a home through financial assistance through the state. It was noted the measure moved very quickly through the legislature.

 

2.     The Purple Spot: A community member questioned if the “purple spot” has been discussed in the House Economic Development Committee. It was suggested agricultural lands in Lualualei be utilized to produce goods for the coastline. Representative Awana agreed with the sustainability aspect noting legislation was suggested to establish a 24-hour market. Comments were made noting the high cost of feed fertilizer, which makes it difficult for farmers to cultivate the land.

 

3.     Agricultural Opportunities: A Board member noted that a presentation was held several months ago where numerous students of the University of Hawaii expressed concern with the lack of agricultural opportunities. It was requested the Representative look into possible agricultural opportunities in Waianae.

 

4.     Foster Parent Programs: Board member Souza raised concerns with the rescinding of raises for foster parents and the minimum wage of caregivers. Representative Awana understood the concern, noting that legislators did not receive a pay increase for 15 years. Board member Souza noted foster parents have not received a pay raise for 23 years.

 

Senator Mike Gabbard’s Office: Rock Riggs provided the Senator’s report and highlighted:

 

·         Governor’s Veto List: Governor Abercrombie has announced his intent to veto nine bills. The legislature will convene a special session on July 9, 2013. Residents may submit testimony on the measures.

 

·         Kapolei Postal Office: The Senator’s office continues to spread the word regarding the potential closure of the post office and directing community comments. The United States Postal Service (USPS) has notified that the earliest possible closure would occur on August 5, 2013.

 

·         Senior Citizen Classes: A senior citizen requested an auditing class be made available for residents. After speaking with UHWO, the Associate Vice Chancellor will look into creating a senior citizen’s program.

 

·         Board Presentation: The Senator’s office is working on having Tesoro provide a presentation to the Neighborhood Board. It was noted Tesoro will sell nearly $94,000 per day and create nearly 200 jobs. Residents are invited to attend the next “Listen Story” at Pray Eat Love Café in Kapolei on July 20, 2013.

 

Questions, comments and concerns followed: Energy Efficient Vehicles: A community member requested the Senator be informed of the 51 cents cost savings residents acquire when utilizing energy efficient vehicles. It was noted that mainland states save an average of $3 per vehicle.

 

APPROVAL OF REGULAR MEETING MINUTES OF MAY 22, 2013: Schaedel moved and Legal seconded to approve the regular meeting minutes of May 22, 2013 as amended. The motion was ADOPTED, 8-0-1, (Aye: Capelouto, Cullen, Legal, O’Nale, Schaedel, Souza, Yamamoto and Young; Abstain: Dudley.)

 

BOARD PRESENTATIONS:

 

Update on Hoopili Project: Cameron Nekota, Vice President of D.R. Horton-Schuler thanked the Board for the opportunity to update the community on the Hoopili Project. Nekota also recognized the outgoing Board members for their work in the community and service on the Neighborhood Board.

 

·         History of Development: Residents of the area have noticed the rapid growth in the past 10 years. Many of acres in the Ewa plains were once used for sugar cane production, but have since turned into bustling city. Much of the growth in the district is attributed to the projects in Ko Olina, UH West Oahu and many other businesses in the Kapolei region. Recent projects include the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) unit in Kalaeloa, Kroc Center and the rail project.

 

·         Hoopili Overview: The Hoopili project is an integral part of the continued growth in the district. The project master plan was presented to the community. Recent changes to the plan include the location of the new high school. The Department of Education (DOE) does recognize that Kapolei High School is overcrowded. Plans are being looked at to accommodate a Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) location. Hoopili is also designed to be a “walkable” community, creating neighborhoods with nearby services. The project will also include a central park, middle school and three elementary schools.

 

·         Community Parks: Recognizing the community’s need for more parks, the Hoopili project plans on creating a linear park providing access to smaller fields. The linear park will be located nearest to the rail line, which will also provide a buffer to the community. A central park is also planned, designed similar to Thomas Square in Honolulu, which will be used for larger sports activities and gatherings.

 

·         Hoopili Agricultural Aspect: As the state moves into a more self sustaining agricultural aspect, the Hoopili project is aimed to incorporate and promote civic and community farms. Students from UHWO are eager to begin farming. It is aimed to provide eight-acres of community gardens centered in areas of higher density. Home buyers will also be provided the option to incorporate agricultural aspects such as Aquaponics or home gardens to their properties. Developers are not intending to move existing farmers; however, there will be phased integration in areas that will be developed.

 

·         Galbraith Estate Lands: A recent news article noted the possible purchase of 1,200 acres of the Galbraith Estate lands by the state. Majority of those lands are slated for the agribusiness development, which will include small and larger farm parcels. Farmers located on the Hoopili project may be moved to this area.

 

·         Hoopili Home Capacity: The Hoopili project will include 150,000 homes, 30% of which will be affordable single family homes. The price range of the homes is targeted at $300,000 – $500,000. The project also plans to integrate rental units and live/work units. Live/work units incorporate residential living spaces above business locations, similar to Pray Eat Love Café in Kapolei.

 

·         Traffic Impacts: Hoopili developers recognize the traffic concern in the area. Due to the increase in residents there will be an impact in traffic. Planners will continue to work with stakeholders throughout the life of the project. An estimated 7,000 jobs will be created in Hoopili, allowing residents to walk to work. An estimated $400 million will be spent on area traffic projects.

 

·         Economic Investments: The Hoopili project will employ nearly 300,000 construction workers during the construction phase, with $4.6 billion to be spent in construction costs. The project will also employ nearly 7,000 permanent jobs within the area.

 

Questions, comments and concerns followed:

 

1.     Lawsuits: A resident questioned the status of a lawsuit against the project. Nekota noted that an appeal was filed; however, it was dismissed. Concerns were raised regarding utilizing agricultural lands. It was noted there is nothing in the constitution that prevented the project from changing the zoning designations.

 

2.     Impact Fees: A community member provided a comment that if approved, $219 million will be assessed in impact fees. It was suggested the fees be used to benefit the residents of the district.

 

3.     Traffic Concerns and Sustainability: Board member Souza raised concerns regarding the potential traffic increase to the surrounding residents, as well as the use of the impact fees. Souza noted that the fees should be utilized to assist the community, instead of being spent elsewhere on the island. Comments were made noting that the increase in traffic will cause a backlog for residents in Kapolei and Makakilo. Nekota noted that the impact fees will be spent within the district and includes roadway projects and improvements including an off-ramp and the widening of Fart Barrette Road.

 

4.     Agricultural Restrictions: Concern was raised regarding the use of water from Lake Wilson to cultivate the farmlands at the Galbraith Estates. Concern noted the water is not suitable for cultivation. It was noted that R2 water is being produced, which will allow for irrigation of certain crops.

 

5.     Mahalo for Presentation: A community member thanked Nekota for the presentation and for addressing the concerns related to farming as well as the rail line. The community member spoke in favor of having the rail line near the project, noting that residents will be able to utilize the mass transit system.

 

6.     Occupational Options: A community member questioned of the 7,000 – 8,000 positions, how many will be full-time and part-time positions. It was also questioned what specific jobs will be created. Nekota noted that a large chuck of the positions will be focused around the industrial park. It was also noted that many positions will be created through projects around Hoopili including UHWO and the Queen’s Medical Center.

 

7.     Support for the Project: A community member noted that they have seen this project grow and change over time. The community member noted the presentation tonight including a local flavor to the project, to which they look forward to seeing be incorporated. The resident also supported the building of new homes for the future generation and use of a mass transit system.

 

8.     Urban Sprawl: A community member raised issue with the project noting that Hoopili does not complete Kapolei as the second city. The resident noted they had seen the same presentation in Ewa. Concern was also raised regarding the fact that only 30% of the homes will be affordable, leaving %70 unaffordable.

 

9.     Benefit Community: A community member thanked D.R. Horton for their continued work on the project. A comment noted that D.R. Horton has spent a lot of money developing this plan and project form scratch, and have addressed many concerns. It was noted that the project will benefit the community as a whole.

 

10.  Ewa Development Plan: A community member noted that approximately 34,805 homes are listed in the Ewa Development Plan and are ready to build up until 2035. A comment was made noting that that is enough homes. Concern was again raised regarding the number of vehicles and the increase in traffic. It was noted that the increase will lead to more traffic at the H-1/H-2 merge.

 

11.  Importing Agricultural Goods: A concern was raised noting that the current farm located at Hoopili produces produce for the entire island. Currently 90% of all produce is being exported. Nekota clarified that 30% of produce on the island is being provided through active agricultural lands in the state. It was noted the Hoopili land is not growing %30 of the states produce.

 

12.  Project Moving Forward: A Board member provided comments on the project noting their support for the overall project. It was noted that there are people in the community that oppose the project and would like to see it stopped. It was noted project planners have discussed and will address the traffic issues. A comment was made noting that the project is moving forward.

 

Young moved and Legal seconded that the Makakilo/Kapolei/Honokai Hale Neighborhood Board No. 34 reconsider the vote in support of the Hoopili Project. Discussion followed:

 

1.     Listening to Community: A Board member, noting his profession in realty, noted that he has never seen a developer be more willing to listen to the community’s needs and concerns. It was noted D.R. Horton has presented to the community and has addressed major concerns. The Board member noted that he does not have financial interest in the project, noting he would be retired by the final stages.

 

2.     Building of Homes: A Board member noted support for the project, noting that Hoopili will be where the future generations live. It was noted that the 30% affordable and 70% rate is what the real-estate market is.

 

3.     Purchase of Land: A Board member, speaking in opposition of the project, noted that they have the fact sheets provided by D.R. Horton and that there are groups of individuals who are willing to purchase the lands where Hoopili is projected to go, and keep the lands agricultural.

 

4.     Residential Concerns: A community member, noting that he ran for public office, raised concerns regarding families that have gone into foreclosure. Concerns were also raised regarding the lack of assisting residents that are being laid off. Concern was also raised regarding the state legislature. Chair Cullen called the community member out of order due to unruly comments.

 

A Board member requested the motion be amended to read “reaffirm” rather than “reconsider”, Young and Legal agreed. The motion that the Makakilo/Kapolei/Honokai Hale Neighborhood Board No. 34 reaffirm its support for the Hoopili Project was ADOPTED, 6-3-0, (Aye: Cullen, Legal, O’Nale, Schaedel, Yamamoto and Young; No: Capelouto, Dudley and Souza.)

 

Convoy of Hope Hawaii 2013: Hannah Edwards announced the free Convoy of Hope event will occur on Saturday, July 27, 2013. Community members are encouraged to attend one of the two sites, Aloha Stadium or the Kapolei Fairgrounds. Residents may partake in free groceries, haircuts, health fair, live entertainment and free breast health services (leeward location only). Convoy of Hope thanks community organizations and partners for their support.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Next Scheduled Meeting: The next scheduled Makakilo/Kapolei/Honokai Hale Neighborhood Board meeting is Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Kapolei High School Cafetorium.

 

ADJOURNMENT: The meeting adjourned at 9:53 p.m.

 

Recorded By: Adam LeFebvre, Neighborhood Assistant I

 

Submitted By: Leland S.M. Ribac, Neighborhood Assistant II

 

Reviewed By: Troy Cullen, Board Chairperson

 

 

RESOLUTION

ENCOURAGING THE OAHU METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION, THE CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU, AND THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SERVICES TO SUPPORT, FULLY FUND, AND ADD THE MAKAKILO DRIVE EXTENSION TO THE TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM IN FISCAL YEAR 2014

 

WHEREAS, the extension of Makakilo Drive appeared in the Transportation for Oahu (TOP) 2025 Plan in March 2001 after two decades of discussion; and

 

WHEREAS, in 2005, the Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) of the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization (OMPO) made the extension of Makakilo Drive to H-1 its number one project on the list of category one projects recommended to the OMPO Policy Committee, with support from the Estate of James Campbell and businesses in Kapolei; and

 

WHEREAS, the extension of Makakilo Drive was included in the Fiscal Year 2006 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for planning; and

 

WHEREAS, a Department of Transportation Services (DTS) presentation to the Hoopili Task Force in July 2007 illustrated design in 2009 and possible construction starting in 2010, depending on completion of the North-South Road and interchange, and members of the task force rated the extension a number one priority project; and

 

WHEREAS, DTS formed the Extension Advisory Committee in December 2007, which met until October 2008, and was told during its last meeting by DTS that an environmental assessment (EA) would be conducted in November 2008, a final plan completed in January 2009, a final EA in March 2009, a design start in May 2009, and a construction start in Fiscal Year 2011 (a one-year delay); and

 

WHEREAS, daily screenline counts increased from 7,000 vehicles (circa 2007) to over 16,000 vehicles in 2010 that has resulted in Makakilo residents spending an estimated $4 million per year for fuel, while nothing was done by DTS; and

 

WHEREAS, feeder bus service from upper Makakilo to the proposed rail station near the University of Hawaii - West Oahu will be much more efficient and cost-effective with completion of the Makakilo Drive extension; and

 

WHEREAS, it is estimated that at least eight miles per round trip to the University of Hawaii – West Oahu rail station will be saved with the Makakilo Drive extension; and

 

WHEREAS, wasting those eight miles for each of the 23,250 feeder bus trips equates to an additional 186,000 miles per year; and

 

WHEREAS, current bus mileage, according to DTS is four miles per gallon, with newer diesel buses averaging five miles per gallon; and

 

WHEREAS, using the five miles per gallon figure, 37,200 extra gallons of fuel will be consumed annually, and at the current rate of $4.75 per gallon, the City and County of Honolulu will spend an estimated $176,000 per year on feeder bus service for upper Makakilo without the Makakilo Drive extension; and

 

WHEREAS, in 2013, the city re-released appropriated funds for design of the Makakilo Drive extension; now, therefore,

 

BE IT RESOLVED by Makakilo/Kapolei/Honokai Hale Neighborhood Board No. 34 that the OMPO Policy Committee, the City and County of Honolulu, and the Department of Transportation Services are strongly encouraged to support, fully fund, and add the Makakilo Drive extension to the Transportation Improvement Program in Fiscal Year 2014; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the board encourages the City and County of Honolulu and the Department of Transportation Services to begin construction of the Makakilo Drive extension to the H-1/Kualakai Parkway interchange during Fiscal Year 2014; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the board finds that the absence of the Makakilo Drive extension poses grave health and safety threats to the growing community of Makakilo; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Resolution be transmitted to the Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu, the Managing Director, members of the Honolulu City Council, the Director of Transportation Services, the Director of Design and Construction, members of the OMPO Policy Committee, members of the OMPO Technical Advisory Committee, members of the OMPO Citizen Advisory Committee, the Senator representing the 20th Senatorial District, and the Representatives representing the 39th, 42nd and 43rd Representative Districts.

 

Last Reviewed: Monday, September 23, 2013