De­vel­oper lays out re­vised pro­posal for Haleiwa project

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - MONEY - By An­drew Gomes agomes@starad­ver­

A de­vel­op­ment firm seek­ing to ex­pand the core of his­toric Haleiwa Town on the North Shore with more busi­nesses and homes has re­vised its plan to be more in line with the area’s ru­ral char­ac­ter af­ter a com­mu­nity back­lash ear­lier this year.

Back­yard Haleiwa LLC pro­poses to de­velop 156 rental apart­ments and 30,000 square feet of re­tail and restau­rant space on 7.5 acres of fal­low for­mer sugar cane land stretch­ing be­hind one side of Haleiwa’s com­mer­cial dis­trict.

The com­pany in­tends to seek a zon­ing change from agri­cul­tural and preser­va­tion uses to AMX-1 low-den­sity apart­ment and B-1 neigh­bor­hood busi­ness uses, which al­low less in­ten­sive de­vel­op­ment than what the firm con­sid­ered ear­lier this year.

In Fe­bru­ary, a con­sul­tant for Back­yard Haleiwa and a com­pany that owns the prop­erty and is led by lo­cal de­vel­oper and for­mer politi­cian D.G. “Andy” An­der­son shared in­for­ma­tion with the North Shore Neigh­bor­hood Board that in­di­cated the de­vel­oper wanted to ob­tain BMX-3 com­mu­nity busi­ness mixed-use zon­ing, which al­lows uses in­clud­ing ho­tels, bars, au­to­mo­bile deal­er­ships, self-stor­age fa­cil­i­ties and whole­sale dis­tri­bu­tion busi­nesses.

The board voted 13-0 to op­pose BMX-3 or any zon­ing change not in keep­ing with Haleiwa Town’s coun­try char­ac­ter. The city De­part­ment of Plan­ning and Per­mit­ting also in­formed the de­vel­oper that BMX-3 isn’t gen­er­ally as­so­ci­ated with ru­ral ar­eas, and that other zon­ing op­tions should be con­sid­ered.

Ex­ist­ing zon­ing in the core of Haleiwa Town is mainly neigh­bor­hood and com­mu­nity busi­ness (B-1 and B-2)

with pock­ets of sin­gle-fam­ily res­i­den­tial (R-5).

Pre­vi­ously, Back­yard Haleiwa did not spec­ify how much com­mer­cial space or how many res­i­den­tial units were be­ing con­sid­ered for what was de­scribed in Fe­bru­ary as a very pre­lim­i­nary plan.

The en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment said the 30,000 square feet of com­mer­cial space would in­clude small re­tail shops, a restau­rant, gal­leries and stu­dios along with an in­door farm­ers mar­ket with per­ma­nent ven­dors op­er­at­ing daily.

Two-bed­room apart­ments in clus­ters of two-story build­ings are aimed at pro­vid­ing af­ford­able hous­ing in close prox­im­ity to jobs in Haleiwa Town, the re­port said.

There also would be 328 park­ing spaces for res­i­dents, 115 spaces for busi­ness use and po­ten­tially 100 spaces to re­place street park­ing that could be lost along the town’s main thor­ough­fare, Kame­hameha High­way, as part of a street im­prove­ment plan.

The com­mer­cial build­ings would front Opaeula Road on the back­side of many ex­ist­ing busi­nesses. The homes would be be­tween Opaeula Road or the Back­yard Haleiwa com­mer­cial area and the Haleiwa By­pass Road, also known as Joseph P. Leong High­way.

A com­pany called Basin Project Inc. that is headed by An­der­son bought the prop­erty in Oc­to­ber for $1.9 mil­lion from Dole Food Co., ac­cord­ing to prop­erty records.

The North Shore Sus­tain­able Com­mu­ni­ties Plan, a city doc­u­ment, does al­low for de­vel­op­ment and specif­i­cally sug­gests con­cen­trat­ing it along Kame­hameha High­way near ex­ist­ing built ar­eas makai of the by­pass road.

Poli­cies in the plan in­clude ob­jec­tives to “pre­serve and en­hance the his­toric ru­ral ‘small town’ char­ac­ter and al­low for a com­pat­i­ble mix of com­mer­cial, ser­vice industrial and res­i­den­tial uses that com­ple­ment the ru­ral town con­text” and to “en­cour­age mul­ti­fam­ily hous­ing (low-den­sity apart­ment dis­tricts) and hous­ing for res­i­dent se­nior ci­ti­zens in close prox­im­ity to both Haleiwa and Wa­ialua town cen­ters.”

Kath­leen Pahinui, neigh­bor­hood board chair­woman, said it’s hard to say whether the de­vel­oper’s re­vised and more de­tailed plan will get the board’s en­dorse­ment, es­pe­cially given that there is so much de­vel­op­ment go­ing on in Haleiwa, in­clud­ing more hous­ing, re­tail and a 7-Eleven that has up­set many res­i­dents.

“We have de­vel­op­ment fa­tigue right now,” she said.

Back­yard Haleiwa, which is led by Jon Grobe, is ex­pected to make a pre­sen­ta­tion to the board be­fore any zon­ing change ap­pli­ca­tion is acted upon by DPP, the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion and the City Coun­cil. The board’s vote is ad­vi­sory but can in­flu­ence the gov­ern­ment de­ci­sion-mak­ers.-

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