The Final Downtown Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Plan (as transmitted by Resolution 15-252), will be heard by the Council’s Zoning and Planning Committee later this spring. After the resolution’s introduction, Zoning and Planning Committee Chair Anderson asked TOD’s administrator to work closely with Councilmember Joey Manahan and me to address concerns regarding the: adequacy of sewer, water, and road infrastructure; development of a more comprehensive affordable and permanent supportive housing strategy on State and County lands in TOD zones; protection of historic structures and locations; and economic revitalization of Chinatown. Based on Chinatown residents and business owners’ comments during last year’s workshops, we tweaked the Plan to focus on revitalizing the Chinatown-Iwilei neighborhoods with more affordable housing, community benefits and emphasis on historic and heritage assets.
A copy of the Proposed CD1 for Resolution 15-252, with amendments proposed by Representative Karl Rhoads, Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland, and me can be viewed at: http://www4.honolulu.gov/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-179174/DOC009.PDF.
We believe that a good balance has ultimately been achieved between the Department of Planning and Permitting’s (DPP) Final TOD Plan and community perspectives on revitalizing the Downtown/Chinatown, and Iwilei areas.