The Maui News - Maui County is close to implementing a new industrial zoning class that would allow for more than 50 uses, including chemical manufacturing, petroleum refining, quarries and landfills.
The County Council's Planning Committee on July 13 unanimously advanced legislation that would create the M-3 Restricted Industrial District. It still needs approval from the full council.
The zoning would cover industrial uses that are generally considered "obnoxious or offensive by reason of emission of odor, dust, smoke, gas, noise, vibration and the like, and not allowed in any other district," according to the bill.
Some of the other uses would include automobile wrecking, biofuel product manufacturing, concrete manufacturing, crematories, explosive manufacturing or storage, recycling processing facilities, slaughterhouses, sugar mills, telecommunication towers and utility facilities.
The Planning Department said the new zoning is intended to prevent the existing practice of true manufacturing and industrial businesses being pushed out of light and heavy industrial areas to make room for higher-value retail use, which is permitted.
Currently, the 53 uses proposed for M-3 districts are considered special uses that require a special-use permit under the existing agricultural, M-1 Light Industrial or M-2 Heavy Industrial zoning rules.
All seven committee members voted to advance the proposed bill with all 53 of the permitted uses.