County UDRB looks at McDonald’s Kihei

Just as its title implies, the Maui County Urban Design Review Board (UDRB) is a volunteer group of Maui residents who work with the County government to examine the appearance of new or revised construction throughout Maui This function is seemingly most important in our community, as we do not have the same rules and regulations afforded to most other towns under “historic” and similar classifications.

This morning, after examining some agenda items for other parts of Maui, the updating or re-branding, as the McDonald’s Corporation calls it, the fast food franchise restaurant on SKR went before the UDRB for a re-offering of their plan. It was originally presented on Dec 3, 2013 to this board in seeking a Special Management Area (SMA) Minor Permit approval, but was deferred to allow Mc D’s to present some alternatives. (Note an SMA minor simply requires Planning Director Will Spence to approve it.)

Mc D’s offered two design options to the board, based on board suggestions on 12/3/13, and UDRB opted for a hybrid scenario as its recommendation to Spence.





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2 Responses to “County UDRB looks at McDonald’s Kihei”

  1. Thank you for inviting feedback re the McD proposed change.
    May I urge you to reconsider the design from the point of view where it is. Instead of a structure that suits California or most cities on the mainland, why not be brave and design a bldg that reflects its uniquely special location: HAWAII !
    By simply giving it a flared Polynesian style roof you immediately make it attractive. Add the appropriate shrubs, e.g. Bougainvillea, plumeria,hibiscus, etc and you have an aesthetically pleasing bldg.
    And don’t forget some pleasing outdoor seating.
    Thanks for giving this your consideration from a BEAUTY point of view.
    Ralph Nawatzki

  2. I think the renderings of the proposed new McDonalds are UGLY. More “box-like”. Keep the island-look in Kihei.