Letter re: Resolution of ‘Ewa Development Plan.

The following letter in its entirety was distributed to the following individuals:
Mike Perry who hosts the Perry & the Posse show on KSSK,
Rick Hamada who hosts a show on KHVH FM,
Mike Buck who hosts the The Mike Buck Show on KHNR 690,
Former Lt. Governor Duke Aiona who hosts a radio show from 4-6 pm on 940 AM.

Aloha,

I know you are concerned about the traffic your listeners suffer with each day. So I want you to be aware of a resolution passed by the Makakilo-Kapolei-Honokai Hale Neighborhood Board and supported by resolutions of the Mililani-Waipio NB, the Pearl City NB, and the Waianae Coast NB. It demands that the City Department of Planning and Permitting stop issuing all permits and approvals for housing developments in Central and West O’ahu until we can get our freeway back up to Level of Service D during rush hour commute. This may be accomplished rather quickly with the addition of the new zipper lane and one additional freeway lane which is in the planning stages. It will surely be accomplished with the completion of the elevated guideway. We have asked the Mayor or a meeting to get his support. We will take the measure to the other mayoral candidates also.

Below is an article I submitted to the Star-Advertiser in the last few days explaining our effort in more detail. Below it is the resolution itself.

If you would be interested in discussing this on the radio, the Chairs and of the boards and I are available.

Dr. Kioni Dudley
City Council Candidate, District 1
92-1365 Hauone Street
Kapolei, Hawai’i 96707
Telephone and fax: (808) 672-8888
Cellphone: (808) 469 5713
E-mail: DrKioniDudley@hawaii.rr.com

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or if we wait for some other time.We are the ones we have been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. (Barack Obama, 2008)

 

Our Resolution

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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