The Town and Country Planning Division (TCPD) of the Ministry of Planning and Development (MPD) plans to unveil two (2) new E-services to its DevelopTT system, Trinidad and Tobago’s online portal for development permitting, in 2021!
These two new E-services are Stamp Duty Exemption Correspondence and Status of Land Correspondence and prospective applicants are being urged to register for the DevelopTT platform in order to access these upcoming E-services.
In March 2020, MPD, in collaboration with the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI), launched the Pilot Phase of the DevelopTT system. DevelopTT’s initial pilot welcomed digital Planning Permission applications which fell within the boundaries of the Port of Spain City Corporation (T1 PLANNING REGION). The pilot was then amplified to include other boundaries within the T1 PLANNING REGION – the Diego Martin Regional Corporation and a portion of the San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation.
In June 2020, the DevelopTT pilot was expanded to include the boundaries that fall in the T5 PLANNING REGION – the Chaguanas Borough Corporation, the Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation, a portion of Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation and a portion of San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation.
To drive the state’s commitment to develop its digital assets and capabilities; TCPD’s North Regional Office took the decision to solely accept online submissions for development that fall within the T1 and T5 PLANNING REGIONS as of September 1st, 2020.
And in December 2020, the Division’s efforts to automate its operations were recognized as it placed as a finalist in the prestigious 2020 IDB President’s Awards for Innovation in the Public Sector. This recognition certainly points to the strides made and the Division’s efforts to improve the quality of service offered to its stakeholders within the construction permitting sector. The Division, together with its partner agencies, vow to make the necessary improvements and adjustments to ensure that the DevelopTT system meets the business requirements, as further steps are made towards nationwide implementation.
In 2020, the TCPD was able to achieve some core goals, as its systems and services were adapted to better facilitate the public.
And in the coming months, the Division is hopeful of adding the Stamp Duty Exemption Correspondence and Status of Land Correspondence E-services to the DevelopTT website with the aim of expanding the reach and impact of this new online service.
To date, over 1400 persons (Applicants and Approvers) have registered for the use of DevelopTT, while over 800 applications have been received thus far.
TCPD to add two new E-services to the DevelopTT platform early in 2021!