$50m mas­ter plan to be de­vel­oped for Ne­gril

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Bryan Miller/Gleaner Writer

WEST­ERN BUREAU:

WITH A $50-mil­lion bud­get at their dis­posal, the Min­istry of Eco­nomic Growth and Job Cre­ation and the Na­tional En­vi­ron­ment and Plan­ning Agency (NEPA) are now work­ing in tan­dem to cre­ate a mas­ter plan for the fu­ture devel­op­ment of the Hanover sec­tion of the re­sort town of Ne­gril.

An in­tro­duc­tory pre­sen­ta­tion of the plan was made to the Phys­i­cal Plan­ning and En­vi­ron­ment Com­mit­tee of the Hanover Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion on Tues­day by Isau Bai­ley, a se­nior phys­i­cal plan­ner at NEPA. A mas­ter plan is a dy­namic long-term plan­ning doc­u­ment that pro­vides a con­cep­tual lay­out to guide fu­ture growth and devel­op­ment of an area.

Ac­cord­ing to Bai­ley, Cabi­net has man­dated the devel­op­ment of the plan, which is aimed at cre­at­ing a New Ne­gril area. When com­pleted, it will re­sult in both a ‘New’ and an ‘Old’ Ne­gril. The New Ne­gril area be­ing con­cep­tu­alised be­gins at the West­more­land/Hanover par­ish boundary, and goes north to just out­side of Lucea, the Hanover par­ish cap­i­tal.

“Ba­si­cally, they (Cabi­net) were look­ing at an area where they could al­low for some higher build­ings and higher pop­u­la­tion den­sity, in or­der for us to bet­ter man­age our nat­u­ral re­sources,” ex­plained Bai­ley. “We want to bet­ter plan for the area, while at the same time pro­tect­ing the frag­ile nat­u­ral re­sources. We will be look­ing at some strate­gies and some new devel­op­ment poli­cies along that stretch of coast.”

SEV­ERAL STAKE­HOLD­ERS IN­VOLVED

The NEPA of­fi­cial men­tioned that sev­eral govern­ment and non­govern­ment agen­cies and or­gan­i­sa­tions, along with in­di­vid­ual landown­ers within the des­ig­nated devel­op­ment area, are stake­hold­ers, not­ing that they will all be con­sulted to cre­ate the devel­op­ment of the plan.

“We will be do­ing an up­dated area pro­file, also some de­tailed anal­y­sis, to come up with a vision of what this New Ne­gril will look like,” stated Bai­ley.

Bai­ley also noted that plans for land use, phys­i­cal devel­op­ment, dis­as­ter risk man­age­ment, cli­mate-change adap­ta­tion and mit­i­ga­tion, in­fras­truc­tural devel­op­ment, so­cial devel­op­ment, eco­nomic devel­op­ment and fi­nan­cial devel­op­ment will all be done.

“The project started from April this year with some back­ground work be­ing put to­gether. A re­con­nais­sance sur­vey will be done this month, and a land use and study sur­vey by Jan­uary to Fe­bru­ary in 2019, along with on­go­ing stake­holder con­sul­ta­tions,” said Bai­ley.

“By July 2019, we should have some 3D model images, and by Oc­to­ber 2019, the draft mas­ter plan doc­u­ment should be fully pre­pared and ready for the sur­vey­ing so that the var­i­ous stake­hold­ers can give their com­ments and feed­back.”

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