Proposals & Plans

Proposed developments (site-specific projects) have the potential to impact our community in both positive and negative ways. This page is designed to share information on such proposals, and also contains links to planning documents (broader regional or town plans) that guide these projects and the North Shore’s long-term growth.

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Backyard Haleiwa

Proposed residential and commercial development behind the North Shore Marketplace in Haleiwa. The project would include 156 apartments with 328 parking stalls, and 30,000 square feet of commercial space, including retail, art galleries, a restaurant, and an indoor farmers’ market.

The project was introduced in early 2015, and will require zoning changes and a Haleiwa Special Design District Permit, among others. No development cost projection or timeframe for construction or completion have been given.

In February 2015, the North Shore Neighborhood Board voted 13-0 to oppose any zoning changes not keeping with Haleiwa town’s country character.

In September 2015, a Draft Environmental Assessment (DEA) was submitted to the State. Read the full Backyard Haleiwa Draft Environmental Assessment here.

Backyard Haleiwa local news coverage:

Dillingham Ranch Agricultural Subdivision

Proposed 91-lot agricultural subdivision of 934 acres of the 2,742 acre Dillingham Ranch in Mokuleia. The $30 million project also includes a wastewater treatment plant.

Each of the 91 lots for sale would be minimum 5 acres each and include agricultural, pasturage, or ranch activities. The remaining acreage would be resubdivided into 7 bulk parcels of agriculture, pasturage, ranch activities, and protected open space.

If approved, the subdivision would be implemented in phases over a 5 to 7 year period.

A Draft Environmental Assessment (DEA) was submitted in December 2014. Read the full Dillingham Ranch DEA here.

At a public presentation in August 2015, the North Shore Neighborhood Board voted 12-0 recommending that the City reject the project’s subdivision application.

Dillingham Ranch local news coverage:

Haleiwa Plantation Village

Two adjacent lots on Achiu Lane in Haleiwa would be developed to create approximately 29 residential lots. In addition to housing, the project includes extension of Kilioe Place, on-site parking, a detention basin, and a wastewater treatment facility.

The project will require a Special Management Area Use Permit, among others, and a zoning change from agricultural to residential.

The project was first presented in 2012 at a community outreach event, and later to the North Shore Neighborhood Board. An initial DEA was submitted in September 2015. Read the full Haleiwa Plantation Village DEA here.

A third presentation was held at the November 2015 North Shore Neighborhood Board meeting.

The Final Environmental Assessment (FEA) was submitted in March 2016. Read the full Haleiwa Plantation Village FEA here.

North Shore Gateway Project

A proposed 4,000 square foot office and retail building at the southern end of Haleiwa town, across from Weed Circle next to 7-Eleven. Property owner and developer Team Real Estate would be one of about 4 to 5 total tenants. The project is estimated to cost $1 million and would be completed by the first quarter of 2017.

In the works for over 6 years, the project was presented at the September 2015 meeting of the North Shore Neighborhood Board.

North Shore Gateway local news coverage:

Shark’s Cove

In 2014, Hanapohaku LLC purchased the 3-acre parcel of land across from Shark’s Cove and next to Foodland Pupukea. Already zoned for neighborhood commercial use, the site is currently home to food trucks and retail businesses; and is also located in the Pupukea Marine Life Conservation District (MLCD).

Community concerns were discussed at the January 2016 meeting of the North Shore Neighborhood Board.

At a special North Shore Neighborhood Board meeting in April 2016, Hanapohaku LLC stated they are withdrawing their 3 minor Special Management Area (SMA) minor permits, which did not require public hearings. They intend to start over and apply for a major SMA permit to fully engage and hear from the local community.

Shark’s Cove local news coverage:

The Shops at Anahulu

The Shops at Anahulu would redevelop the vacant former Chevron site adjacent to Loko Ea fishpond in Haleiwa town into a 5,200 square foot commercial/retail building with 2 to 3 tenants. A Special Management Area Use Permit and Haleiwa Special District Permit would be required, among other regulations.

The project was presented to the North Shore Neighborhood Board in October 2015.

A DEA was submitted in November 2015. Read the full Shops at Anahulu DEA here.

In February 2016, the Final Environmental Assessment was submitted with a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). Read the full Shops at Anahulu FEA here. A public hearing on the Special Management Area Use Permit was held in April 2016.

At the Chamber’s April 2016 Membership Meeting, members supported the North Shore Outdoor Circle’s efforts to negotiate with landowner Queen Liliuokalani Trust to preserve Loko Ea fishpond.

On May 26 this year, the City Council Zoning and Planning Committee approved the Special Management Area (SMA) Use Permit.

On July 6, the City Council unanimously approved the SMA Use Permit by passing Resolution 16-333, allowing a new single-story retail structure, individual wastewater system, parking lot, sidewalk, and site improvements.

The Shops at Anahulu local news coverage:

Regional Plans

North Shore Sustainable Communities Plan

The City & County of Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) plan for the North Shore. The plan provides policies and guidelines for regional land use, and emphasizes the North Shore’s scenic open spaces, coastal resources, and elements of our cultural and plantation heritage. Learn more or view the North Shore Sustainable Communities Plan here.

Haleiwa Special District Design Guidelines

Architectural, signage, landscaping, and general planning guidance to ensure all new development is compatible in design. These guidelines aim to preserve and enhance the rural character of Haleiwa town, which was designated a Special District in 1984. View the Haleiwa Special District Design Guidelines here.

Haleiwa Town Plan

Developed by the Chamber and North Shore community in 1991, this plan lays out goals and specific actions for Haleiwa town over a 20-year period, with an emphasis on maintaining Haleiwa’s rural character while continuing to help the town thrive. View the Haleiwa Town Plan here.

Waialua Town Master Plan

The City & County of Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) plan for revitalizing Waialua town. View the Waialua Town Master Plan here.

Kamehameha Schools North Shore Plan

Completed in 2008, this is Kamehameha Schools’ plan for their North Shore lands, including cultural, educational, agricultural, and rural commercial/residential projects. View the Kamehameha Schools North Shore Plan here.

Koolau Loa Watershed Management Plan

One of 8 regional water management plans to enhance groundwater and surface water supplies, protect traditional and cultural practices, and improve overall water management, covering Kaaawa to Kahuku. Learn more or view the view the Koolau Loa Watershed Management Plan here. View the North Shore Water Management Plan (Waialee to Kaena Point).

Oahu Bike Plan

The Oahu Bike Plan guides Honolulu Department of Transportation Service (DTS) bikeway planning for the entire island, and calls for 49 total miles of new bikeways for the North Shore region. View the Oahu Bike Plan here. To see the plan’s North shore bikeway map, please click here.

Oahu Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

Prepared by the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization (OMPO), the TIP lists programs and projects to be implemented through the 2018 federal fiscal year.

North Shore projects include rockfall protection at Waimea Bay and wetlands enhancements near Ukoa Pond along Kamehameha Highway, just outside of Haleiwa town. View the complete TIP here.

Oahu Regional Transportation Plan (ORTP)

Developed by the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization (OMPO), this plan guides the development of transportation on the island through the year 2040. ORTP projects are eligible for federal transportation funding assistance.

For the North Shore, the ORTP calls for a mid-range (2019 – 2029) project to construct safety improvements (turn lanes, guardrails, signage, crosswalks, etc.) along Kamehameha Highway from Haleiwa to Kahaluu. View the full ORTP here.

Plans In Progress

Oahu Important Agricultural Lands

“Important Agricultural Lands” (IAL) is a State land use designation that identifies high-quality farm land to be protected and preserved for long-term agricultural use. The City & County of Honolulu DPP is currently mapping Oahu lands that meet the IAL designation. Maps produced by this effort will be submitted to the Honolulu City Council for review and adoption by resolution, before being sent to the State Land Use Commission for final approval. Learn more about the IAL plan here.

North Shore Watershed Management Plan

A Honolulu Board of Water Supply management plan for North Shore water, covering Waialee to Kaena Point. To learn more, please click here.