Embedded in the SMA assessment process is the imposition of setbacks for development activities that fall within close proximity to the shoreline. Additional restrictions apply to developments and/or activities within the SSA. The additional restrictions seek to maximize a property owner's protection from coastal hazards while preserving coastal amenities and shoreline access for the public.
Shoreline Setback Approval
Shoreline properties include those abutting, adjacent, across from and/or in proximity to the shoreline. The Planning Department issues a Shoreline Setback Approval for those activities and/or structures that are explicitly allowed in the SSA. The Department also issues a Shoreline Setback Determination indicating that calculating the shoreline setback area was done properly and correctly.
Shoreline Setback Variance
A Shoreline Setback Variance is required for those activities and/or structures not permitted within the SSA. For example, most hardening structures such as seawalls, geotextile sea bags, groins, and revetments may require a variance from regulatory prohibition that is approved by the Maui County Planning Commission. Shoreline permits, like SMA permits, may include certain conditions or requirements before the proposed structure and/or activity is allowed to proceed.