Students in PLAN 620 (Environmental Planning) and PLAN 678 (Site Planning) prepared policy briefs and conceptual site plans as part of a larger project led by DURP faculty to assist the Office of Planning (OP) with transit-oriented development (TOD) in the Waipahu neighborhood of Oahu. Students conducted site analysis, interviewed key stakeholders, and prepared conceptual site plans that foregrounded some of OP’s priorities and policy briefs that focused on flood hazards in the area. In Spring 2018, students in PLAN 642 (Planning Urban Infrastructure) will tackle some of the questions surrounding infrastructure provisions to support TOD in this area.
Students in PLAN 678 also participated in a student competition – Envision Waipahu. Three teams of six students each developed conceptual site plans for state parcels adjacent to the proposed Waipahu Transit Center Station. The panel of judges included Leo Asuncion (Director, Office of Planning), Harrison Rue (TOD Administrator, City and County of Honolulu), Ryan Tam (Systems Planning Manager, HART), Lee Sichter (Planning Consultant), and Dean Sakamoto (President, SHADE).