The state Land Use Commission approved D.R. Horton’s Hoopili project on Friday in an 8-1 vote.
It’s a landmark decision for D.R. Horton, which has been trying for six years to advance its plans for a 12,000-home master-planned community on what is now agricultural land in Ewa. Watch a video of the final vote and the crowd’s reaction here.
As Civil Beat reported yesterday, the approval of Koa Ridge and Hoopili come at a time when the Honolulu rail project is in limbo, with two pending court cases and a mayoral race in which a top contender has vowed to kill the project. The public transportation project is intended to lessen the rate at which cars are added to the road.