Divisions of the Planning Department

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Administrative Services
Administrative Services Division provides:

  • Overall direction, control and coordination of the Department and its programs
  • Advises the Mayor and Council on planning matters
  • Provides support graphic and clerical services to the divisions within the Department
  • Manages the Geographic Information System (GIS), and Geothermal Fund programs

Administrative Permits
The Administrative Permits Division administers permitting requirements of the Zoning and Subdivision Codes where the Planning Director is the decision maker:

  • Plan approval
  • Variances
  • Subdivision approval
  • Street naming
  • Ohana and farm dwellings

They are also responsible to enforce provisions of these codes and addresses complaints and violations.

Planning Division
The Planning Division administers the permitting requirements of the Zoning Code, State Land Use Law, Coastal Zone Management Act, and General Plan where the Planning Commission and/or County Council are the decision makers:

  • Use Permits
  • Special Permits
  • Special Management Area (SMA) Use Permits
  • State Land Use Boundary Amendments
  • Rezoning
  • General Plan Amendments
  • Shoreline Setback Variances

Long Range
The Long-Range Division is responsible for:

  • Legislative Review and Testimonies
  • General Plan Amendments
  • Code and Rule Amendments
  • Community Development Plans
  • Ordinances and Resolutions
  • The Land Use Inventory
  • Consultant Services Contracts