Planning Department

Mission


To manage growth in a sustainable manner that balances our economy, culture and environment. Quality service is provided by seeking efficiency and offering consistent and timely information with integrity and Aloha.

Responsibilities

The Department of Planning offers technical advice to the Mayor, County Council and commissions; proposes zoning legislation; drafts updates to the General Plan, Maui Island Plan and Community Plans; presents reports & recommendations on development proposals; and oversees programs on cultural resources, census and geographic information, flood plain permits and other special projects and permits.

COVID-19 update for the Planning Department:


Revised procedures for permit applications and inquiries due to COVID-19: general inquiries may be made by phone or email, and personnel will strive to respond within one business day.
Planning email: planning@mauicounty.gov
Zoning Administration and Enforcement Division phone: 270-7253
Current Planning Division phone: 270-8205

Under Mayor Victorino's Public Health Emergency Rules amended May 13, 2020, operation of essential business includes hotels and motels, to the extent used for lodging, in compliance with the State of Hawaii restrictions.

These rules remain in effect until June 30, 2020 unless they are terminated at an earlier date or extended to a later date. Violation of this rule is punishable as a misdemeanor, with fines of up to $5,000, up to a year in jail, or both.

In addition, Governor Ige’s Emergency Proclamation Related to the COVID-19 Emergency identified hotels and motels, to the extent used for lodging and delivery or carry-out food services, as being essential businesses or operations.

Bed and breakfast rentals, short-term rentals, vacation rentals and time-shares, even if zoned for hotel use, were not identified as essential businesses or operations under the Governor’s Proclamation or the Mayor's Public Health Emergency Rules.

If the Governor’s Proclamation expires or is terminated prior to the expiration or termination of Mayor Victorino’s Public Health Emergency Rules, the Mayor’s Rules remain in effect.

Hot Topics


General and Community Plans

Annual Reports


Divisions


Current Planning Division


The Current division analyzes and reviews development proposals including environmental assessments, community plan amendments, change in zoning, project district, special management and historic district permits.


Long Range Planning Division


The Long Range Planning division prepares the General Plan, Maui Island Plan and community plans, and administers special planning and cultural resource projects. The GIS section analyzes land development data and prepares digital maps.

Plan Implementation Division


The Plan Implementation Division is responsible for General Plan monitoring and implementation; Capital Improvement Program (CIP) reporting; and the initiation, preparation, and coordination of revisions to county zoning ordinances and regulations. This Division undertakes projects and programs to implement the recommendations in the Countywide Policy Plan, Maui Island Plan and community plans, including drafting and tracking legislation.

Zoning Administration and Enforcement Division (ZAED)


The ZAED division responds to zoning questions, reviews the zoning requirements for building permit and subdivision applications and handles enforcement of the zoning codes.

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