Sunday, July 15, 2001

Castle & Cooke seeks
zoning on 104
acres for Mililani
phase three

The company wants to rezone
104 acres of agricultural land

By Lyn Danninger

Castle & Cooke Homes Hawaii Inc. has filed an application with the City and County Department of Planning and Permitting to rezone 104 acres of agricultural land located adjacent to the H-2 freeway in Mililani.

The company plans to build 522 single-family and 304 multi-family homes in the third and final phase of its Mililani Mauka development.

At one time, the site was slated to become the University of Hawaii West Oahu campus. That campus will now be located at Kapolei.

Eugene Takahashi, a planner with the Department of Planning and Permitting, said two proposals to change both the land use map and zoning will be presented to the Planning Commission and the City Council for approval after the agency completes its review. Public hearings will also be scheduled, he said.

The time frame for the development would range between 2003 and 2008, he said.

Castle & Cooke has both development plan and zoning approval for approximately 6,600 homes at Mililani Mauka. The developer asked to shift some of those planned homes to the phase three development and has requested approval for an additional 140 houses.

Keith Kurahashi, president of Kusao and Kurahashi Inc., planning and zoning consultants for Castle & Cooke, said prices for the units are expected to range from $108,000 to $470,000.

Construction at the site could begin in the third quarter of 2003 if all the necessary city permits and the zoning change are in place, he said. Phase two of the project will likely still be underway when the company begins work on phase three, he said.

"We are looking at possibly the end of the year or early next year to receive zoning approval." Kurahashi said.

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