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Maui County's new Recovery Permitting Center Opens in Kahului
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New County Recovery Permit Center opened today in Kahului

News Release from Office of the Mayor, April 29, 2024

The new County of Maui Recovery Permit Center officially opened its doors today in Kahului, providing a vital resource for those who are looking to rebuild in fire-affected areas in Lahaina and Kula as they navigate the permitting process and take the next step toward returning home.

The center is located at the County of Maui Service Center, 110 Alaihi St., Suite 207, and is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Representatives from 4LEAF Inc. are on hand to answer any questions residents may have regarding the streamlined emergency permitting process.

“This is another milestone for our community to be able to get back to their properties, and that’s what this is all about, that’s what we are pushing for, is to get people back onto their lots,” Mayor Richard Bissen said Monday at the new center. “We encourage people to submit their requests so we can accommodate them, whether it’s for a temporary or permanent structure.”

Those who wish to file through the emergency permitting portal can find links to their specific application – called the DSA Disaster Recovery Building Permit – at https://mapps.mauicounty.gov/DSA-DRBP. One application is for single-family dwellings, accessory dwellings and accessory structures, and another is for multifamily, business, commercial, industrial and other non-residential structures.

While the Kahului center will serve as the main hub through which permits will be processed, a satellite office is in the process of being set up at the Lahaina Gateway Center. 

“We hope to get the physical center in Lahaina up soon,” Mayor Bissen said. “For now, we have the Kahului center, and I also encourage people to apply online and call the permit center.”

For information on the Recovery Permit Center, call (808) 270-5724 or visit https://mapps.mauicounty.gov/DSA-DRBP. For more information on housing resources, visit https://www.mauirecovers.org/housing.

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County's new Recovery Permitting Center to open April 29 in Kahului

News Release from County of Maui, April 20, 2024

The County’s new Recovery Permitting Center is slated to open April 29, 2024, in Kahului, with a satellite location in the works for Lahaina, the County of Maui announced Saturday.

4LEAF Inc. has been awarded the County contract to operate the soon-to-open center, which will have its primary location at the Maui County Service Center, 110 Alaihi St., Kahului. 

At the center, representatives from 4LEAF will be available to assist residents with the process of applying for Disaster Recovery Building Permits for alterations, repairs, reconstruction and new construction of structures in areas affected by the August 2023 Maui wildfires.

“Bringing 4LEAF on board to run operations at our Recovery Permitting Center gives the County the capacity needed to support our residents and businesses as they rebuild,” Director of Public Works Jordan Molina said. “Their years of experience helping other communities navigate through the difficult process of rebuilding following fire disasters makes 4LEAF an invaluable partner in Maui’s path to recovery.”

Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Pleasanton, Calif., 4LEAF Inc. is a professional Development Services Firm specializing in Fire Recovery Services. Over the past several years, 4LEAF has implemented fire recovery permitting programs for several counties and municipalities including the California’s County of Sonoma, Town of Paradise and County of Santa Cruz, along with Oregon’s Jackson County.

The largest of those programs was a $9.5 billion fire recovery project in Paradise after the town’s 2018 wildfire that had been the deadliest in the United States in nearly 100 years until it was surpassed by last year’s devastating Lahaina wildfire. 4LEAF provided complete Community Development Services to the town for the first four years of the recovery project, which included 12,000 residential units, 400 commercial structures, and 3,000 accessory structures.

“We are pleased to be selected to stand alongside the resilient communities of Lahaina and Kula during their time of need,” said Michael Renner, 4LEAF’s Project Manager. “This responsibility is one we accept with the utmost humility and a profound sense of duty.”

Renner has headed all of 4LEAF’s four prior fire recovery programs. Among those joining Renner will be Maui’s Shaina Hipolito and Kaʻiawe Chun.

“Shaina and Kaʻiawe are both very proud to serve their community,” Renner said. “We will be the first point of contact with the public and will manage the expediting of permits.”

For more information on 4LEAF, Inc., visit www.4leafinc.com.

In addition to the Kahului Recovery Permitting Center, a satellite office is being planned for Lahaina Gateway Center. The opening date for the Lahaina Gateway location will be announced at a later date.

The opening of the Recovery Permitting Center comes after the County of Maui also recently launched a dedicated Housing section on MauiRecovers.org aimed at providing critical assistance to homeowners and renters impacted by the wildfires.

The newly unveiled platform, accessible at www.MauiRecovers.org/housing, offers a comprehensive array of resources tailored to address the housing needs of individuals and families navigating the aftermath of the disaster. On the webpage, fire survivors can find information on temporary housing programs, as well as resources regarding construction of temporary units and permanent housing in wildfire-affected areas.

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Oct 2023: Right to Rebuild? No Building Permits Issued Since Lahaina Fire

Aug 2023: Do Lahaina Property Owners Have the Right to Rebuild?

KHON: Satellite location is in the works for Lahaina plus a new Recovery Permitting Center 

MN: County’s new Recovery Permitting Center scheduled to open April 29 in Kahului 

HNN: Company with track record of wildfire recovery partners with Maui for one-stop permit center

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