Digital Zoning Map Update Project
The Planning Department has an adopted digital zoning map for the island of Maui (Ordinance 5006), and for the island of Lanai (Ordinance 5113). The digital map for the island of Maui represents the zoning as it exists today and overlays the 2014 Real Property Tax parcel layer.
The History of the Digital Zoning Map Update Project (DSSRT)
Since 2005, staff of the Maui County Planning Department worked on this project, affectionately known as “DSSRT”, an acronym for the Dead Sea Scroll Replacement Team, to replace the County’s official paper zoning maps with digital or electronic versions. Along with the goal of replacing the County’s prized but very old, tattered and outdated “Dead Sea Scrolls” paper zoning maps with accurate, up-to-date GIS data layers, other goals included researching and verifying zoning for thousands of parcels; correcting inadvertent mapping errors, inconsistencies and alignment issues; updating parcel zoning with zoning districts that have standards; and creating a single zoning map for the island. All corrections made to the adopted digital map required consistency with each parcel's Community Plan designation.
The Department previously held four public informational meetings on Maui in 2017 and obtained recommendations of approval from the planning commissions before transmitting the bills to the Council, where they were supported by the County Council’s Planning Committee. The bills were then unanimously supported and adopted by the Maui County Council and became law on October 10, 2018 (Ordinance 4883).
Due to the complexity of using a number of old zoning maps, comprehensive zoning ordinances, individual changes in zoning, and the poor quality and lack of technical mapping and GIS tools in the past, the Planning Department expressed at the time of the digital zoning maps’ initial adoption that further errors and corrections would be discovered and the map would be continually refined. The Planning Department presented an amended digital map (Maui Digital Map 2) to the Maui Planning Commission who recommended approval of the update. The Maui Digital Map (2) was supported and adopted by the Maui County Council and became law on November 13, 2019. As mapping errors are discovered, the Department will continue to request Maui County Council’s adoption of corrected/updated digital maps.
For the island of Lanai, a public informational meeting about the digital map and the recommendations being made by the Department was held on December 3, 2019 at the Lanai Senior Center. The Department then forwarded the Lanai Digital Map and accompanying Title 19 Ordinance to the Maui, Lanai, and Molokai Planning Commissions for their review and recommendation in January 2020. The Maui County Council adopted the Lanai Digital Map and Title 19 Ordinance on August 28, 2020, and Mayor Victorino approved the bill on August 31, 2020.
The Maui Real Property Tax website also includes the Island of Maui Zoning (2018) layer on parcel maps, with a color-coded legend indicating the zoning of the parcel.
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