County to Move to Digital Zoning Map
Maui’s zoning map is now available in a digital format. This new map replaces the old, tape-repaired paper zoning maps, some dating back to the early 60’s, that the County has used for decades.
Previous technological limitations limited the accuracy and scale of the map, as many older maps were hand drawn on Mylar polyester film. The department said the shift to a digital map will provide more accurate information and allows easier updates.
The Maui County Planning Department has been working to digitize the County’s official zoning maps since 2005. The department also researched and verified zoning for thousands of parcels, corrected inadvertent mapping errors, updated parcel zoning with zoning districts that have standards, and created a single zoning map for the entire island. All of the corrections made to the digital map required consistency with each parcel’s Community Plan designation.
The department held four public informational meetings and obtained recommendations of approval from the planning commissions before sending the bills to the Council, where they were supported by the Planning Committee. The Maui County Council then unanimously adopted and expressed overwhelming support for the bills.
A pdf version of the digital map can be found on the Department’s website. The department is in the process of creating a user-friendly, public interactive digital GIS map that should be available online soon.
The Department is also planning to propose digital zoning maps for the islands of Lānaʻi and Molokaʻi once thorough review, confirmations, and corrections have been made. Public meetings on each of the respective islands will be held along with public hearings at each of the planning commissions as well as the County Council.
More information is available by contacting the department at 270-7735 or at [email protected].