New Development Order for Negril/Green Island

Photo: JIS Photographer Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill addresses a public consultation with stakeholders held at the Negril Community Centre on Friday January 30. The Minister announced that he will shortly be signing a new development order for the Negril/Green Island area which will allow for the construction of buildings up to 4 floors high.

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  • A new Development Order will soon be signed for the Negril/Green Island region of Westmoreland and Hanover.
  • This was disclosed by Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill at a consultation with stakeholders at the Negril Community Centre on Friday, January 30.
  • Under the new Order, developers will be allowed to construct commercial buildings of up to four floors tall.

A new Development Order will soon be signed for the Negril/Green Island region of Westmoreland and Hanover.

This was disclosed by Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill at a consultation with stakeholders at the Negril Community Centre on Friday, January 30.

Under the new Order, developers will be allowed to construct commercial buildings of up to four floors tall.

Minister Pickersgill explained that he will be signing the new Development Order as outlined in section 7 of the Town and Country Planning Act.

“I have before me for confirmation the Negril/Green Island Development Order. The process was very involved and started with consultations led by the National Environment and Planning Agency, (NEPA) many years ago on behalf of the Town and Country Planning Authority,” Mr. Pickersgill stated.

Minister Pickersgill added that all the necessary stakeholders including land owners have been involved in the discussions and the Development Order has gone through sequential reviews by the relevant environmental bodies before it came to his desk for approval.

“Having completed the consultations and the various stages of reviews, as the Minister responsible for planning, I propose to make a change to the allowable height of buildings in the Negril Green Island Local Planning Authority (NGIALPA) area,” he stated.

“This change would move the allowable height from 3 to 4 floors. This change is considered de minimis, meaning a minor adjustment and will set the policy guideline for NGIALPA and the Hanover and Westmoreland Parish Councils on how planning applications are to be considered,” he added.

The public consultation was attended by a wide cross section of the Negril business community, including hoteliers, returning residents and the general citizenry.

 

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