Author: Guardian News Desk
Story published in the Trinidad Guardian on Friday 13 December, 2019.
Planning and Development Minister Camille Robinson-Regis has announced for public information that the Town and Country Planning Division (TCPD) is in the advanced stages of developing new Spatial Planning Guidelines (SPGs) for Trinidad and Tobago.
This project will standardise site development standards and planning guidelines for
eighteen 18 types of development categories, and are expected to guide developers and applicants when obtaining planning permission by facilitating more informed decisions on the type of development which can be pursued in different localities, thereby avoiding the submission of redundant applications and minimising the likelihood of application refusals.
The guidelines have been drafted, and this week, the TCPD conducted stakeholder
validation workshops to review the drafts.
The Ministry said this is the stage before finalisation of the SPGs.
It said architects, representatives of the T&T Planners Association, WASA, The Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service, The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) and The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government were among the State and private entities who are also part of this process.
The new SPGs are simpler, more focused guidelines, and will replace the older and largely outdated Guide to Developers which currently exists. The new guidelines will assist citizens through the use of illustrations, making them more user friendly. These new guidelines are
also meant to increase public confidence and customer satisfaction in the delivery of TCPD’s services by increasing transparency and
reducing variability in the decisions made by staff.
Developers of all types will soon easily have access to what they can and cannot do for a number of development activities.
The Ministry said in keeping with the Planning and Facilitation of Development Act (PAFD), this project will standardise site development and planning guidelines for the eighteen 18 types of development categories listed below:
- Gas Station and CNG Stations
- Cemeteries, crematoriums and funeral homes
- Driveways and right of ways
- Granny flats, maid quarters and tiny houses
- Home-based occupation
- Basement residential parking
- Mixed-use development
- Places of worship
- Small scale village industrial activities
- Resort development
- Brownfield development guidelines
- Industry – specifically Heavy Industry
- Landscape Design Guidelines
- Designing and creating places for people
- Climate change adaptation design guidelines (for waterfront areas)/ Coastal
Development – inclusive of climate change/ rising sea level mitigation and flood prone areas
- Public spaces, recreation, parks, trails and green/ open spaces
- Guidelines for Green building construction and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification (also to include guidelines on urban roof-top farming)
The Ministry said this deliverable is one facet of the TCPD’s overall transformation project which includes digitisation of the TCPD’s records, automation of the construction permitting system and enhanced service delivery.