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The Oʻahu General Plan, a land use and development guide, could be updated for the first time since 2002

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A Honolulu City Council committee Thursday approved an update to Oʻahu’s General Plan.

The Zoning and Planning Committee gave its final approval to the document, which is a long-range guide for policy decisions on land use and development on the island.

Zoning Committee Chair Brandon Elefante said the road to approval for the revised General Plan was a long one — as he discussed earlier this year with the city’s Director of Planning and Permitting, Dean Uchida.

"I’m getting chicken skin thinking about this, but I remember when director Uchida first came on as director, he told that one of his top priorities was actually approving the General Plan," Elefante said. "This is a very monumental day for this committee, members, as this has taken over 20 years to revise and get adopted."

The General Plan was first created in the 1970s and was last updated in 2002. The council has been in discussion about revising it since 2017.

Among the issues covered by the plan are sustainability, zoning, transportation, water, sewer infrastructure, housing, and the economy.

The document now goes to the full council for adoption at its next meeting on Dec. 1. Click here to read the document.

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