JIS News

The newly appointed Board of the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), in keeping with the mandate given by Prime Minister, Bruce Golding, will be looking at the need for the provision of housing and related social facilities to support the growing tourism sector along the north coast.
There has been a boom in hotel construction in the parishes of St. Ann, Trelawny, St. James and Hanover. Additionally, the Board will, as a matter of priority, review the parameters of the UDC’s designated areas and development plans within the framework of the development thrust of the new administration.
The mandate of the new Board, given by the Prime Minister, who has portfolio responsibility for the Corporation, is for the organization to return to its core business of being the principal public sector organization responsible for planning and designing urban environments, and to foster private sector involvement in national development initiatives. The UDC was created by Government in 1968, through a special Act of Parliament “to ensure that planned and orderly development takes place where and when it is needed in Jamaica, within the framework of national priorities.”
The board, which is chaired by Louis Williams had its first meeting on November 22 at the UDC Corporate Headquarters at 12 Ocean Boulevard, Kingston Mall.
Other members are: L. L. (Laurie) Ventour, Saleem Lazarus, Homer Davis, Wentworth Charles, Francis Kennedy, Oliver Nembhard, Angus Gordon, Alston Douglas, Byron Stewart, Shalman Scott, Joy Douglas, Fay Hutchinson and Patricia Sinclair McCalla, Permanent Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister.