Nevis, West Indies Plans For A Bright Future
December 04, 2008
Organisation of American States (OAS) Director Mr. Starret D. Greene during the Consultation held at the Mount Nevis Hotel
In accordance with the Nevis Physical Development Planning Ordinance 2005, the Physical Planning Unit in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) held a Stakeholders Consultation on April 10, 2008, at the Mount Nevis Hotel, to embark on the process of developing physical development plans for specific areas on Nevis.
The Organization of American States (OAS) Director to St Kitts and Nevis Mr. Starret D. Greene, who spoke at the consultation, confirmed that the OAS through its Secretariat for Integral Development (SEDI) approved the Nevis Physical Development Plan, with funding from its Special Multilateral Fund for technical cooperation.
He further added that through the project, the goal of the OAS was to further strengthen its partnership with the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis and to provide help to Nevis for the development of a comprehensive system of land usage.
“Moreover, the OAS recognised that land was a premium on the island of Nevis, given the islands relatively small size and it was essential to develop a legal, administrative and managerial system that would ensure an orderly long-range development plan to guide every aspect of the islands physical development,” he said.
Mr. Greene revealed that plans for Charlestown and Newcastle would be executed initially and the full cooperation of the NIA, had given rise to a number of important initiatives that produced an island wide plan.
He further noted that the Department considered a number of critical issues such as the historical plan for certain areas on the island, relationship with the community; surrounding land usage; existing landscape and open spaces; circulation and transportation and existing environmental resources which included a long term development plan for agriculture, tourism development, commercial and residential development, national parks and recreational areas and lands to be used by current and future generations.