JIS News

On Sunday, November 8, Jamaica will join 29 other countries to mark World Town Planning Day, under the theme: ‘Building Better Communities’.
The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) has organised several activities to commemorate the event, as well as to highlight the importance of town planning in managing the growth and development of urban and rural areas.
“Town planning is important, as it looks at developing cohesive communities, securing the right use of land, the provision of the required social services and infrastructure that are needed to have better communities,” Manager of the National Spatial Strategy Branch at NEPA, Mrs. Marvette Brown, said in an interview with JIS News.
Mrs. Brown explained that while the Day usually provides an opportunity for professionals in the field to reflect on and discuss strategies and best practices, she is hoping that this time it will stimulate interest among members of the general public who are integral to town planning.
“We want our citizens to recognise that they are an integral part of the planning process. We cannot achieve the better communities without the citizens being a part of it. If you are doing a development, talk to us before you actually do it and let us advise and guide you to make sure that we have the better communities that we are all striving for,” she appealed.
NEPA is responsible for preparing development plans and orders for the Town and Country Planning Authority, promoting public awareness on planning, and processing planning and environmental applications. The Agency is also a part of the enforcement mechanism that ensures that persons adhere to plans and orders.
This year NEPA will celebrate World Town Planning Day with an outside broadcast, which will be aired on POWER 106 FM at 9:00 a.m. to coincide with its church service, which will be held at the Fellowship Tabernacle, in Kingston. A mini poster exhibition will also be mounted on the church grounds, while a supplement will be published in the Sunday Gleaner.
World Town Planning Day was founded in 1949 by the late Argentinean, Professor Carlos Maria della Paolera, of the University of Buenos Aires, to advance public and professional interest in planning, internationally.

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