A major development project in West Oahu was given the go ahead on Wednesday by Mayor Kirk Caldwell.
Caldwell signed a bill into law to rezone the land for the Ho’opili development.
The project will include more than 11,000 homes on what is now farm land between Kapolei and Ewa.
Caldwell promises that the homes will be affordable for island residents.
“I signed the bill, I think it’s the right thing to do, we need to provide housing for our local families. To an area that’s not been built to. If we don’t do it, the price of housing just continues to go up, and people who want to buy a home, that dream just slips away. They never can catch up,” said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.
The new neighborhood will add not just homes but many businesses.
Opponents of the Ho’opili project argue it will take away precious farm lands and add to Oahu’s growing traffic problem.