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Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, says the Government has received a technical assistance grant of US$687,000 from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to assist in the development of a National Spatial Plan.
Making the disclosure in the House of Representatives today (July 27) during his contribution to the 2010/11 Sectoral Debate, Mr. Vaz said the National Spatial Plan will provide the basis for the optimal use of the nation’s land resources and outline the framework for their effective use and management.
The project is being implemented by the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) with technical support from the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA).
Additionally, Mr. Vaz said during the last fiscal year, a draft development order for St. James was completed.
He said further that draft development orders for Manchester, Kingston and St. Andrew and Negril/Green Island were now being reviewed by the Forward Planning Committee of the Town and Country Planning Authority.
Development orders for Trelawny and Portland have been forwarded to the Chief Parliamentary Counsel, he said.
In the meantime, Mr. Vaz said the Natural Resources Conservation Authority Wastewater and Sludge Regulations are expected to be gazetted shortly.
These regulations, he said, were prepared after a comprehensive consultative process and will provide the framework for the construction, modification and operation of wastewater treatment facilities.
“Licensees, when the legislation is passed, will begin to operate under the polluter pays principle,” Mr. Vaz informed.

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