Updating Policies For West Region

The city Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) invites comments now on draft changes to the Central Oahu Sustainable Communities Plan (SCP). Comments are due by March 13.

The Draft Plan is available at https://bit.ly/1Ch3Vfk, and in the DPP’s seventh-floor office in the Fasi Municipal Building downtown.

The revised document is an update of the 2002 Central Oahu SCP, which is the city’s guide for the future of the region that includes Waipahu, Waikele, Kunia, Waipio, Wahiawa, Mililani and Mililani Mauka.

Proposed policy updates to be addressed are climate change impacts, economic opportunities (including diversified agriculture and new job centers in Wahiawa-Whitmore Village) and new infrastructure strategies, such as complete streets and low-impact development best practices.

The plan continues to emphasize the revitalization of Waipahu through transit-oriented development, the encouragement of town centers and more alternatives to automobile usage.

Central Oahu, as one of three areas designated for growth under the Oahu General Plan, is expected to experience moderate growth through 2035, with the addition of 9,900 new housing units to accommodate projected population increases.

The plan provides capacity for residential development while protecting about 10,350 acres of agricultural land.

The final proposed plan revisions are expected to be complete later this year, and sent to the Planning Commission and City Council for consideration.