After two years of community workshops and outreach, the City Planning Commission approved the Halawa Area Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Plan at its October 25th public hearing. The Plan will cover the Puuwai Momi public housing development, Aloha Stadium, Stadium Mall, and up to Aiea Elementary School, and features a variety of improvements around the planned rail station.
Concerns expressed by community stakeholders are addressed as follows:
- Residential Diversity: Community stakeholders raised concerns over the preservation of existing affordable housing stock in the neighborhood and ensuring affordability in new housing projects. This Plan recommends affordable housing requirements for all major residential projects, and height and density bonuses as incentives for additional affordable housing provisions.
- Commercial Diversity: Several proposals for activating a more robust commercial area included a sports and entertainment district in conjunction with the Stadium, hotels, medical clinics, and office space within proximity of the rail transit line. The Plan also acknowledges the small “mom and pop” businesses in the area and emphasizes their unique contribution to the ‘small-town’ character of the neighborhood.
- Usable Open Space: Aiea and Halawa communities lack adequate gathering places; this Plan recommends new multi-functional landscaped open space fronting Aloha Stadium for outdoor events.
The Halawa Area TOD Plan also proposes to change the site of the new stadium, and proposes Community Mixed-Use and Apartment Mixed-Use zoning for other development sites to achieve the goals of the TOD Plan. Please visit https://www.honolulu.gov/tod to review the full Halawa TOD plan.