The Department of Planning and Permitting held a third community meeting in Aiea to present the Public Review Draft of the Hālawa Area Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Plan, which plans for the area around the future Aloha Stadium rail station. The Public Review Draft is the result of two earlier community workshops, as well as a market analysis, resident survey and assessment of existing conditions. The plan was developed in coordination with state agencies that are studying options for stadium reconstruction or building a new stadium on the site, along with associated mixed-use development.
The draft plan explores the potential for new development, roadway and pedestrian infrastructure upgrades, and improved connections to surrounding neighborhoods and visitor attractions. The Halawa Plan focuses planning on the neighborhood surrounding the planned rail transit station at Aloha Stadium. The planning area encompasses historic landmarks and tourist attractions around Pearl Harbor, military uses, Aloha Stadium, single- and multi-family residential neighborhoods, commercial uses, as well as parks and community facilities. Due to its central location and convenient highway access, the Aloha Stadium rail station area has great potential for new land uses and community amenities that better connect the community and create a more dynamic experience for residents, visitors and area employees. Planning for the Halawa area began in August of 2014. Based on extensive community outreach, the vision for this area encompasses the following strategies:
- Complement surrounding areas
- Provide a dense mix of uses that support the community
- Compact, walkable blocks
- Community-oriented open spaces
- Improved access (walk, bike, transit, ample parking)
- Expanded events (farmers market, concerts, movies, etc.)
- Preserve/augment existing events (football games, swap meet, tailgating)
- Embody the aloha spirit
A final plan will be submitted to the Planning Commission and then City Council for review and approval next year. To review a copy of the draft plan and submit comments, go to: http://go.usa.gov/xktSH.