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  • The entire island will be under the control of the Town and Country Planning Act by 2017.
  • The Act makes provisions for the orderly and progressive development of land, cities, towns and other areas, whether in urban or rural Jamaica.
  • Town and country planning and spatial planning are particularly important, especially in light of the rapid urbanization of the country’s towns and cities.

State Minister in the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Ian Hayles, says the entire island will be under the control of the Town and Country Planning Act by 2017.

The Act makes provisions for the orderly and progressive development of land, cities, towns and other areas, whether in urban or rural Jamaica.

Making his contribution to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 17, Mr. Hayles said town and country planning and spatial planning are particularly important, especially in light of the rapid urbanization of the country’s towns and cities.

Meanwhile, Mr. Hayles informed that during the last fiscal year, four provisional Development Orders were promulgated for the Negril and Green Island Area, along with the parishes of Portland, Trelawny and Manchester.

Development Orders facilitate the rational and progressive development of lands, and continue to be a priority as the country faces increased development pressure for limited land resources.

Additionally, draft Development Orders for Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Catherine (excluding Portmore), Clarendon and St. Thomas have been completed and are being reviewed by the Town and Country Planning Authority.

In relation to the Kingston and St. Andrew Development Order, a Height and Residential Density Paper is being incorporated into the Order, Mr. Hayles said.

He noted that the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) and the National Housing Trust (NHT) have indicated that they are willing to give funding support for the drafting and the promulgation of Development Orders.

“With this support, we will be able to complete and promulgate the remaining five Development Orders for Westmoreland, St. Mary, St. Elizabeth, St. James and St. Ann by 2016,” the State Minister said.