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A submission will be made to Cabinet on Monday for the designation of a special development area, for Spanish Town that will govern the provision of tax incentives, and guide the process of development.
Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, made the disclosure at the St. Catherine Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s annual general meeting in Spanish Town, on (Nov. 8).
He explained that there has been an ongoing dispute between the planners and the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) regarding the boundaries of the special development area.
“NEPA has insisted that the boundary should be narrow, covering just the historic Spanish town centre and not extend as far out as was proposed,” he said.
According to Mr. Golding, the planning agency’s position is that the wider boundary includes communities that are not part of the decayed part of Spanish Town and do not need the incentives that are to be available within the narrow, defined boundary.
“It is something I am going to grab hold of as early as I can, to see how we can get that resolved so that we can move on. I am hoping that we will be able to that in time for Cabinet to approve the submission on Monday,” the Prime Minister assured.