Honolulu officials are opposing Sen. Clayton Hee’s application to argue against the proposed Hoopili development, a master-planned community of 11,750 homes in Ewa.

The city Department of Planning and Permitting said that Sen. Hee’s intervention in proceedings before the Land Use Commission, “would unconstitutionally offend the Separation of Powers Doctrine as an excessive encroachment by a legislator into executive matters.”

The city’s petition was filed with the Land Use Commission last week.

Sen. Hee could not immediately be reached for comment. He has said he’s concerned about the conversion of prime farmland into urban use.

Hearings on the master plan are set to begin Oct. 20. In addition to Hee, the Sierra Club recently filed a petition to argue against the development. If accepted, they will join Friends of Makakilo, a community group that challenged the D.R. Horton development in 2009, forcing the developer to refile its application with the Land Use Commission this year after it was rejected on a technicality.

Cameron Nekota, vice president of D.R. Horton – Schuler Division, said, “I don’t think there is anything for us to say.” Earlier this month, the developer took no position on Hee’s intervener status, but asked the Land Use Commission that the scope of issues not be broadened if his petition is approved.

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