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The Government has allocated some $30 million for the continuation of works under the National Spatial Plan (NSP) project in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.

The plan will provide the strategic framework to guide urban development and investment decision making. It will also ensure optimal use of the nation’s land resources, and outline the framework for their effective use and management.

Among the targets for this fiscal year are to: update and maintain geospatial datasets; prepare a first draft of the situational analysis report and consultation plan; the completion of several sector plans by the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA); draft a national spatial plan (NSP); host 14 stakeholder consultation workshops; continue monitoring and review; and conduct growth centre surveys.

Achievements up to February 2013 include: establishment of a Project Advisory Committee (PAC) and subcommittees in January 2010; completion of public education initiatives, analytical study on industry, and geo spatial data collection process; and procurement of relevant equipment (computers, printers, fax machines, stationery and digital cameras).

Other achievements include: conclusion of land use surveys and growth centre audits in some sectors; sector reports for agriculture, tourism, population were undertaken by NEPA in 2011; while the base geo spatial data was formally issued to NEPA and is now being used.

The project, which is slated to end in December 2013, is being funded by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).

By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporter