Press Conference

Press Conference

 

Contact:    Dr. Kioni Dudley

                      672-8888

                      DrKioniDudley@hawaii.rr.com

 Who:               Chairs and committee heads of five neighborhood boards

                        In Leeward and Central O’ahu, and Kioni Dudley

 What:              Joining together to announce their adoption of a

“Resolution Demanding that, as directed by the ‘Ewa Development Plan, the Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting Cease Issuing All Future Permits for Construction of Housing developments, Time-shares, and Hotels in Leeward and Central O’ahu until Rush-Hour Traffic on all segments of H-1 Freeway Can be Certified to be at Level of Service D or Above”   This resolution is attached.

When:             9:00 AM    Tuesday, July 27, 2016

Where:            Steps of Kapolei Hale

                        1000 Uluohia St.   Kapolei  HI

 Background:   Attendees will be Dr. Kioni Dudley (who, months before deciding to run for City Council, proposed the resolution and took it to neighboring boards for support);  and Evelyn Souza, chair of the Makakilo-Kapolei-Honokai Hale Neighborhood Board; Richard Poirier, chair of the Mililani-Waipio NB; Larry Veray, chair of the Pearl City NB; Marcus Paaluhi, chair of the Waianae NB; and Richard Landford, chair of the Transportation Committee of the Nanakuli NB.  The resolution is attached and is quite self-explanatory.

Makakilo-Kapolei-Honokai Hale Neighborhood Board #34

Resolution Demanding that, as directed by the ‘Ewa Development Plan, the Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting Cease Issuing All Future Permits for Construction of Housing developments, Time-shares, and Hotels in Leeward and Central O’ahu until Rush-Hour Traffic on all segments of H-1 Freeway Can be Certified to be at Level of Service D or Above

WHEREAS, The Makakilo-Kapolei-Honokai Hale Neighborhood Board finds that traffic congestion on the H-1 Freeway has become unbearable, with rush hour every morning, traffic stalled at the H-1/H-2 merge and backed up four and a half miles, and at least once a week, traffic is backed up seven miles to Makakilo Drive, or further, creating a three-hour drive to work in the city from the Leeward Coast; and traffic on H-2 is regularly backed up for a mile or more; and

WHEREAS, the official Inrix Report has repeatedly named H-1 traffic as the first, second, or third worst in the United States; and

WHEREAS, the Board finds that there are 70,000 more housing units zoned in the Leeward and Central area, nearly double the number currently feeding the five lanes of freeway traffic. And the City Department of Planning and Permitting states that more than half of all residents will work outside the area for the foreseeable future, and that, with an average of two workers per household, that is over 70,000 more people that will be working outside of the area, and

WHEREAS, the State Department of Transportation states that it is not physically possible to build more than just one additional lane on the freeway, which lane cannot carry more than 8,800 cars during the whole morning rush hour. And the Rail will not be complete for another three years, and when complete, can carry only 28,800 packed full. And this will leave more than 30,000 commuters without a way to the primary urban center during rush hour. And there is simply no possible solution to the problem of traffic for all of the homes that will be built; and

WHEREAS, traffic commute time increases exponentially. That is, only a small addition of cars radically affects the flow, as is seen when UH Manoa is in session. And commute time will double, and triple, and quadruple, and

WHEREAS, this will double and triple loss of time with family, loss of time watching kids in sports, loss of time seeing one’s family grow up. It will steal time for exercise, time for participation in community, time for leisure. It will take a toll on personal health and performance at the workplace. And it will leave tens of thousands of latchkey kids of all ages alone and unsupervised for twice the number of hours every day. The costs to our society are staggering, and

WHEREAS, tens of thousands of individuals and businesses will face major losses in dollars if the daily commute expands. According to The Texas Transportation Institute model, today’s two hours of delay in traffic cost individuals $7,300 a year. This will double to $14,600. Commercial vehicles delayed in today’s traffic cost businesses $38,500. This will double to $77,000, enough to drive many out of business; and

WHEREAS, the Ewa Development Plan contains an Adequate Facilities Requirement on page 5-2 which states: “Zoning and other development approvals for new developments should be approved only if the responsible City and State agencies indicate that adequate public facilities and utilities will be available at the time of occupancy or if conditions the functional agency indicates are necessary to assure adequacy are otherwise sufficiently addressed.” Among the “adequate” facilities required before development approvals is “Provide adequate capacity for major peak-hour commuting to work in the Primary Urban Center.”(page 4-11) In Hawaii, and across the nation, Level of Service D is recognized as adequate freeway capacity for rush hour freeway traffic, and

WHEREAS, the Makakilo-Kapolei-Honokai Hale Neighborhood Board finds that the Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting is in direct non-compliance with the requirements of the ‘Ewa Development Plan, which plan gives direction for the development of the area. And that this Resolution will protect will protect our citizens from further injury to their health, safety, and general welfare; now therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Makakilo-Kapolei-Honokai Hale Neighborhood Board demands that the Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting comply with the ‘Ewa Development Plan by ceasing to issue any future permits for Construction of Housing developments, Time-shares, and Hotels in Leeward and Central O’ahu within an Interim Development Control area (designated in the next paragraph) until Rush-Hour Traffic on all segments of H-1 Freeway Can be Certified to be at Level of Service D or above, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT an Interim Development Control IDC Area is designated as all that area of Central O’ahu north of or above the H-1/H-2 merge, and all of West O’ahu and the Leeward Coast on the western side of the H-1/H-2 merge, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT from the effective date of this meeting, April 27, 2016, until the date that all segments of H-1 freeway have been certified to be at Level of Service D for the entire rush hour period, no further zoning or other development approvals or permits shall be issued within the Interim Development Control area, except as specifically permitted herein, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the ban on issuance of approvals or permits does not apply to the application for or issuance of approvals or permits in the following instances:

1. Performance of work work permitted under Section 18-3.1, Revised Ordinances of
Honolulu, to make an existing building or structure conform to or comply with applicable laws or regulations.

2. Performance of maintenance and repair to an existing structure or building.

3. Construction of a single-family dwelling, ‘ohana dwelling, accessory dwelling unit, or
two-family detached dwelling that is not part of a larger development.

4. Construction of housing for the homeless.
And nothing contained in this resolution is to be deemed to affect:

1. The granting, issuance and/or approval of building permits within an area not
designated as within the interim development area, and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that copies of this Resolution will be sent to the following: Governor David Ige, Senate President Ronald Kouchi, House Speaker Joe Souki, all State Senators and all State Representatives; State DOT Director, Ford Fuchigami, Mayor Kirk Caldwell, all City Council Members, DTS Chair Michael Formsby, DPP Chair George Atta, OHA Executive Director Kamana’opono Crabbe, and all Neighborhood Board members on the island of O’ahu.

This Resolution was passed by the Makakilo-Kapolei-Honokai Hale Neighborhood Board #34 by a vote of 5 yes and 1 no and 0 abstentions at their regular meeting on April 27, 2016.

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