PLANNING COMMITTEE REPORT -
UPDATE OF CITY'S DEVELOPMENT PLANS
The City's General Plan divided Oahu into 8 development plan areas: Ewa, Central Oahu, East Honolulu, Koolauloa, Koolaupoke, North Shore, Waianae and Primary Urban Center. The first 7 development plans have been completed and some have in fact been undergoing their 5-year review. Work on the Primary Urban Center Development Plan (PUCDP) was started in 1996 with drafts issued in 1999 and 2001 and a final draft was issued in May 2002. It has not been submitted yet to the City Council or the City Planning Commission. The Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) did make a presentation to the American Planning Association in July 2003, but the plan is still somewhere in the DPP.
WHAT'S THE PROBLEM? The problem with the PUCDP is that it's designed to please the Department of Transportation Services (DTS) with its Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system and not to please the residents from Kahala to Pearl City in the development plan area. To ensure the maximum use of the BRT, the PUCDP calls for higher population in apartment districts, less on-site and on-street parking, and more neighborhood shopping areas.
PUCDP achieves higher population in apartment districts by allowing buildings to cover the complete lot with the elimination of the front and side yard setbacks, permitting additional floor area for multifamily housing and reducing parking requirements. Under a flexible, market-based option, the developer would choose how much floor area ratio to use for apartments and how much to use for parking stalls. To promote the development of higherdensity, for mixed-use projects incentives are provided within the BRT corridor in the zoning code, such as floor area bonuses, use allocation ratios, and shared use of parking and loading.
The PUCDP proposes to redefine the primary purpose of street setback lines and right-of-way acquisition to widen sidewalks, provide landscaping, and develop transit facilities. It also would identify neighborhoods experiencing "shortcutting" to determine where to implement traffic calming and enforcement measures to minimize car access to the streets. DPP is aiming for this December to present the PUCDP to the City Council and the City Planning Commission.
DPP is aiming for December to submit the PUCDP to the Planning Commission for their recommendation.
Honolulu League of Women Voters passed a motion against increasing apartment density in the PUC in July 2002.