WAILUKU – Maui County staff members representing the Planning Department and Cultural Resources Commission will hold a public workshop on the Lahaina Sign Design Guidelines on Thursday, July 24, at 5 to 7 p.m. at the Kamehameha III Elementary School cafeteria, 611 Front Street, Lahaina.
Staff members will present the most recent proposed revisions to the guidelines that regulate signs in the Lahaina Historic Districts. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the public. Merchants, business owners and commercial property owners are encouraged to attend so that they can learn about the proposed revisions and, ask questions and provide suggestions to staff. The staff members representing the Planning Department and Cultural Resources Commission will be the Cultural Resources Planner, the Lahaina Zoning Inspector and the Small Town Planner.
The proposed revisions are intended to be more clear and consistent, allow a broader choice of materials and design elements, and be more easily enforced. The existing design guidelines were last revised in 2001 and are based largely on the “Architectural Style Book for Lahaina” that was adopted by the then-Historic Commission in 1969.
Planning Director Will Spence said that the Department hopes the workshop will inform the public about the new guidelines and encourage compliance once they are adopted. “We are working to balance competing interests – the need for businesses to advertise and promote themselves, and the need to preserve the historic integrity of the Lahaina Historic Districts,” Spence said. “Updating the design guidelines is long overdue.”
Once the new guidelines are adopted, the Planning Department will proceed with enforcement of unpermitted and illegal signs. In the meantime, however, certain illegal signs that are specifically prohibited, such as lighted signs and portable signs, will continue to be cited.
To view the proposed guidelines, visit www.mauicounty.gov/Planning then select “Draft Lahaina Sign Design Guidelines” under the “Hot Topics” header.
For more information on the public meetings, call the Department of Planning at 270-7735.