Buildings can now go up to four storeys in NegrilWednesday, April 29, 2015
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Developers can now construct buildings up to four storeys in Negril, Westmoreland. This is an increase from the previously allowable height of three floors.
The disclosure was made today by Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Robert Pickersgill during his Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives.
The change to the Negril-Green Island Local Planning Area was among four provisional Development Orders announced by the minister last year, the other three being for the parishes of Portland, Trelawny and Manchester.
Pickersgill today confirmed all four Development Orders.
"I can proudly announce that I have confirmed the four Development
Orders. Let me add however, that I have made an important change to the Negril
Development Order, which will now permit a maximum of four storeys for buildings, not exceeding a height of 50 metres," Pickersgill said during his presentation. "However, the setback at the high water mark remains at 46 metres (150 feet), except under exceptional circumstances."
He explained that the manner in which land is utilised for development purposes has a profound impact on the environment and as such Development Orders are important lawful instruments that establish the parameters for the rational, progressive and sustainable development of land.
The minister also said other Development Orders are on stream to be published during this financial year, and that the Government is on target to have the entire island regulated by Development Orders under the Town and Country Planning Act by the end of the 2016—2017 financial year.
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