Mechanism of articulation/coordination between sectorial and land planning in Barbados
Land planning in Barbados is regulated by Town and country planning Act, Chapter 240 (1998) and guided by Physical Development Plans. The Town and country planning Act, Chapter 240, not only establishes norms in order to guarantee the orderly and progressive development of land in urban and rural areas, but also regulates the land acquisition and development permissions.
The Minister is responsable for the coherence and continuity in the land use and development policies. In addition, the main land planning instrument is the Physical Development Plan Amended, PDP (2017), which provides a vision for the growth and sustainable development of the Nation and establishes policies to guide the relationships between land uses, built space, mobility, community facilities and physical infrastructure. The PDP also aims to be a framework to facilitate and guide public and private investment with a prospective vision.
The Town and country planning Act, Chapter 240 establishes the Town and Country Planning Advisory Committee and a Chief Town Planner in order to formulate the Physical Development Plan for the approval of the responsible Minister.
For the evaluation of the land development process, the Chief Town Planner must take into consideration the existing restrictions posed by: (a) the Protection Policy of the Water Zones; (b) Harrison's Cave Environmental Control Special Zone; (c) the Airport Restriction Zone Policy; (d) the Integrated Rural Development Project and (e) the Preservation and Conservation of Historic Buildings policies.
The land public administration only has two territorial instances: central and local (districts). There is no intermediate level.