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  • Development Orders for all parishes should be in place by 2017, says Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) and Government Town Planner, Peter Knight.
  • Four new Development Orders have already been done, including Portland, Manchester, Trelawny and Negril/Green Island.
  • Development Orders set out the framework, guidelines and policies for planning and development in parishes and communities.

Development Orders for all parishes should be in place by 2017, says  Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) and Government Town Planner, Peter Knight.

“Right now we’re trying to complete a National Spatial Plan that will set the over-arching framework for planning. We’re also doing Development Orders for the parishes and by 2017, they should be completed,” he told JIS News in an interview.

Four new Development Orders have already been done, including Portland, Manchester, Trelawny and Negril/Green Island.

Development Orders set out the framework, guidelines and policies for planning and development in parishes and communities.  They will make allowances for height and density, green areas, recreational areas for communities, water supply and sewerage networks.

“We now have before the Chief Parliamentary Counsel three Development Orders – Kingston, Clarendon and St. Thomas. We are now working on the others.  So, we will have the entire Jamaica on Development Orders by 2017,” Mr. Knight said.

He explained that in the case where a Development Order has been completed and there is reason for adjustment or the Order is found to be deficient, the portfolio Minister can make adjustments.

NEPA is responsible for the orderly development of Jamaica and to provide proper advice to the portfolio Minister; and provide guidance and support to local planning authorities, the Parish Development Committees (PDCs), the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) and others.