Urban planning system of Jamaica

Territorial planning in Jamaica is performed on different levels. On the national level, various policies and development plans determine this process, such as the Visión 2030 Jamaica. National Development Plan and the National Land Policy, which represents the first document of its kind in Jamaica. It highlights the need to engage in urban and territorial planning and proposes a long- and medium-term framework to address sustainable urban development. On the local level, Development Orders, the legal documents prepared under the Town and Country Planning Act, are used to guide development by the planning authorities; the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development is the principal agency responsible for overseeing and guiding the advancements in the realm of the local development strategies. 

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Planning instruments

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Legal base

Constitutional analysis
Art. 13

Fundamental rights and freedoms  2.        The rights and freedoms referred to in subsection (2) are as follows-  a.        the right to life, liberty and security of the person and the right not to be deprived thereof except in the execution of the sentence of a court in respect of a c...

Role of the National Government in planning
Art. 5.1

The Authority may after consultation with any local authority concerned prepare so many or such provisional development orders as the Authority may consider necessary in relation to any land, in any urban or rural area, whether there are or are not buildings thereon, with the general ob...

Art. 3(1)

For the purposes of this Act the Minister shall appoint a person or persons to be the Town and Country Planning Authority, and subject to the provisions of this Act, and from time to time by order published in the Gazette define the composition, powers and duties of such Authority.  ...

Role of the Supralocal Government in planning
Country's definition of planning
Role of the Subnational Government in planning
Role of Local Government in planning

Subject to following subsections (2), a Local Authority is responsible for the following functions– b) Promoting, spearheading and coordinating local sustainable development;  e) Spearheading, fostering and promoting economic and social development, cultural advancement, alleviation of ...

Art. 2

In this Act- “Authority” means the Town and Country Planning Authority appointed pursuant to section 3;“local planning authority” means- (a) in relation to the parishes of Kingston and St. Andrew, the Council of the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation; (b) in relation to any other paris...

Art. 11.1

1) Subject to the provisions of this section and section 12, where application is made to a local planning local authority for permission to develop land, that authority may  grant permission either unconditionally or subject to such conditions as they think fit, or may refuse permissio...

Art. 12.1

The Authority may give directions to any local planning authority or, to local planning authorities generally requiring that any application for permission to develop land, or all such applications of any class specified in the directions, shall be referred to the Authority instead of b...

Art. 66

Constituencies and local government  j.        The purposes of local government shall be to facilitate the management, improvement and development of the resources of local communities.   ...