Tuesday 24 November, 2020

Plan Cayman Development Framework focuses on Seven Mile Beach

The Plan Cayman Development Framework, which underwent its first round of public consultation in 2019, is the first development plan drawn up in 20 years that looks at the future infrastructure demands for Grand Cayman, such as new schools, roads, and public transport improvements required in the years ahead, while simultaneously balancing the protection of the environment with ongoing development.

The first round of public consultation generated significant interest and participation with over 350 people submitting formal responses with more than 2,000 comments.

Said Minister of Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure Hon. Joey Hew as he tabled the annual report of his ministry before the Legislative Assembly on October 14, "Our infrastructure has a direct impact on our businesses, communities and families; and so, the consultations are important for the public to have a say to ensure it is sustainable in the future."

The staged development strategy is focusing on one major land area at a time thereby covering the entire Island over a five year period and then restarting at the beginning. This rolling approach makes for a workable continuous planning review process.

"We are now moving to the area-by-area planning phase with the aim of covering the Island over five years," explained Minister Hew before the LA. "The first plan will be created for the Seven Mile Beach Corridor to positively deal with both the development pressures there as well as ensuring that the Island is maximising on the economic opportunities available."

In a previous report, Caymanians were advised that under this framework, the ministry would assess the merits of the development of taller buildings and “mixed-use” developments in the Seven Mile Beach area, that could ease both commercial and residential demands. 

The work will be delivered in close consultation with both residents and local businesses. 

Upon completion of the Seven Mile Beach Plan work will commence on preparing detailed planning guidance for the other identified ‘planning areas’ in Grand Cayman.

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