Digital Zoning Map Update Project

The Department of Planning has proposed legislation to officially establish a digital zoning map for the island of Maui.

Over the last several years, the Maui County Planning Department has undertaken a project to replace the County’s official paper zoning maps with digital versions. The Planning Department affectionately gave this project the name DSSRT (“dessert”) which is an acronym for Dead Sea Scrolls Replacement Team. Along with the goal of replacing the County’s prized but very old, worn, and outdated paper zoning maps (otherwise known as “the Dead Sea Scrolls”) with accurate, up-to-date GIS (Geographical Information System) data layers, and digital mapping, a second goal is to address inconsistencies and mapping-alignment issues. Some examples include: zoning designations that don’t exist today in the County Code or don't match current uses, mapping errors, and boundary lines that overlap or have gaps.

The proposed Digital Zoning Map of Maui – which is not official until approved by the Council - represents the zoning as it exists today and includes recommendations the Planning Department has made to address problem areas as mentioned earlier: alignment issues, mapping errors, and updating zoning with districts that have standards. The updates and corrections on the digital map are in concert with community plan designations. All property owners who are impacted by the proposed recommendations were notified of this project in early March 2017. In late March and early April 2017, public informational meetings were held in Kihei, Wailuku, Lahaina, and Pukalani. Individual postcards were mailed to each property owner affected by the project (900+) advising them of these public informational meetings, as well as providing them with an email and phone number contact to the Planning Department should they have questions. In addition, a press release was issued and the public informational meetings were advertised in The Maui News.

The project was subsequently presented to the Lanai, Molokai, and Maui Planning Commissions in October 2017 for their review and recommendation. See the presentation. See the Department’s memo to Commissions. The commissions all recommended approval by the Council, which now has the authority to enact the legislation and the proposed Digital Zoning Map of Maui.

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Contact Information:

Department of Planning

2200 Main Street

Wailuku, HI  96793

Ph:  (808) 270-6272


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