Development Activities to be Fully Streamlined by 2017

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  • Development activities across the island are expected, for the first time, to be fully streamlined under the Town and Country Planning Act, come 2017.
  • Work by the Government to formulate Development Orders in all parishes that will facilitate this objective, has either been completed, is significantly advanced, or is in the process of being initiated.
  • Draft development orders for Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Catherine (excluding Portmore), Clarendon, and St. Thomas have been completed, and are expected to be published “provisionally” during the current fiscal year.

Development activities across the island are expected, for the first time, to be fully streamlined under the Town and Country Planning Act, come 2017.

Work by the Government to formulate Development Orders in all parishes that will facilitate this objective, has either been completed, is significantly advanced, or is in the process of being initiated.

Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Minister, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, who made the disclosure on September 30, during a land surveyors commissioning ceremony, at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices, noted that four provisional development orders for the Negril/Green Island area spanning Westmoreland and Hanover area, as well as Portland, Trelawny, and St. Thomas, were promulgated during the 2013/14 fiscal year.

He said draft development orders for Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Catherine (excluding Portmore), Clarendon, and St. Thomas have been completed, and are expected to be published “provisionally” during the current fiscal year. Additionally, the Minister advised that a draft development order for Hanover will also be prepared this year.

Mr. Pickersgill informed that the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) and National Housing Trust (NHT) have indicated their willingness to support drafting and promulgation of development orders for Westmoreland, St. Mary, St. Elizabeth, St. James and St. Ann, which should be completed and promulgated by 2016.

“Town and country planning, and spatial planning are particularly important, especially in light of the rapid urbanization of our towns and cities, as well as the impacts of climate change. Development Orders facilitate the national and progressive development of lands, and continue to be a priority as the country faces increased development pressure for limited land resources,” the Minister argued.

Four newly commissioned land surveyors were presented with their instruments of profession by Mr. Pickersgill, bringing the number of surveyors currently operating in Jamaica to 90.

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