Jamaica to Mark World Town Planning Day

Photo: Mark Bell Director, Spatial Planning Division, National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), Leonard Francis, provides details about activities for World Town Planning Day 2015.

Story Highlights

  • The issue of community renewal through the upgrading of housing stock, will take centre stage, as Jamaica joins the rest of the world in commemorating the 66th anniversary of World Town Planning Day in November.
  • The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is partnering with several other government and non-government agencies to stage a number of activities to mark the observance under the theme: ‘Housing Regeneration: Strengthening Communities.’
  • Director of the Spatial Planning Division at NEPA, Leonard Francis, told JIS News that the activities, which will be held over a two-day period, will kick off on November 8 with a church service at the Kingston Parish Church starting at 8:00 am.

The issue of community renewal through the upgrading of housing stock, will take centre stage, as Jamaica joins the rest of the world in commemorating the 66th anniversary of World Town Planning Day in November.

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is partnering with several other government and non-government agencies to stage a number of activities to mark the observance under the theme: ‘Housing Regeneration: Strengthening Communities.’

Director of the Spatial Planning Division at NEPA, Leonard Francis, told JIS News that the activities, which will be held over a two-day period, will kick off on November 8 with a church service at the Kingston Parish Church starting at 8:00 am.

On Monday (November 9) a public lecture and panel discussion will take place at National Housing Trust’s (NHT) Overtime facility, along with an exhibition by housing agencies under the theme.

Mr. Francis informed that career talks will also be held at five schools in Kingston and St. Catherine.

He said the major objective of the celebration is to sensitise the public about how housing regeneration efforts can facilitate community strengthening and development in areas with poor housing stock.

Additionally, it will serve to highlight the role of planning professionals and other partners in the building process.

Mr. Francis is encouraging the public to come out and participate in the activities as a lot can be learned.

Among the supporting agencies: the Ministries of Local Government and Community Development, and Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change; NHT, University of Technology, Urban Development Corporation (UDC), Jamaica Institute of Planners, Pan Jamaica Investment Trust, Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), and West Indies Home Contractors Limited.

Interested persons may contact NEPA at 10 & 11 Caledonia Avenue, Kingston 5; telephone 754-7540 ext. 2437.

World Town Planning Day, celebrated on November 8 each year, is a special day to recognise and promote the role of planning in creating liveable communities.

JIS Social