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  • The Council has been working assiduously to improve the process, and is now reaping significant success.
  • Previously, development applications had lengthy waiting periods for approval, not only because of bureaucracy, but also due to the quality of some designs.
  • The Council shared its preliminary budget, strategic and corporate plan with the citizens.

The Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC), is making significant strides in the turnaround time for development applications, with 174 submissions made to its Building and Town Planning Committee for the month of December.

Speaking at the KSAC’s first town hall meeting for 2014, at St. Luke’s Anglican Church Hall, in Cross Roads, on February 19, Acting Director of Planning at the KSAC, Shawn Martin, further informed that for February, 128 more submissions are before the Committee.

He said the Council has been working assiduously to improve the process, and is now reaping significant success.

Mr. Martin was addressing a resident’s concern about the waiting period for development approvals. He noted that previously, development applications had lengthy waiting periods for approval, not only because of bureaucracy, but also due to the quality of some designs.

“But, we are moving forward…there is evidence of the tremendous work that is happening now, with regards to development approval. Over the last couple of months, we have had record numbers of approval, and that trend has continued. We and our partners have been meeting and consulting with other stakeholders in the development industry, with a view to serving you better, by fast-tracking the development process,” he noted.

Guest speaker at the forum, Finance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, updated the hundreds of residents on the policies and programmes the Government is implementing under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

He also outlined other general programmes and projects geared at generating employment, and sustained economic growth and development.

The forum saw the Council sharing its preliminary budget, strategic and corporate plan with the citizens, providing opportunity for the residents to voice concerns and pose questions on issues affecting the city, as well as share ideas for improvement.