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Pickersgill confirms provisional development orders

Published:Friday | May 1, 2015 | 12:07 AM

FOLLOWING PERENNIAL concerns about the development approvals process, Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Robert Pickersgill has announced that the provisional development orders for the parishes of Portland, Trelawny, Manchester and the Negril-Green Island local planning area has been confirmed.

Development orders are legal instruments that establish the parameters for the progressive and sustainable development of land.

In his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in Parliament on Wednesday, Pickersgill said an important change had been made to the Negril Development Order which would now permit a maximum of four stories for buildings, not exceeding 50 metres in height.

Pickersgill said that his ministry would be publishing other development orders during the current financial year. He said the ministry was targeting financial year 2016-2017 to have the entire island regulated by development orders under the Town and Country Planning Act.

It was also disclosed that 700 subdivisions were approved by the ministry last year. "This is an indicator that we are facilitating the growth agenda, and we are enabling Jamaica's sustainable future," Pickersgill said.