Mechanism of articulation/coordination between sectorial and land planning in Saint Kitts and Nevis
In Saint Kitts and Nevis, on one hand, land planning aims to guide land development. On the other hand, it ensures the protection of the environment and the improvement of public goods and services.
The Development Control and Planning Act (2002) is the main regulatory framework and It corresponds to the Ministry of Sustainable Development (through the Department of Physical Planning and Environment) to ensure the implementation of comprehensive land use and occupation policies regarding the plan of development.
The Development Control and Planning Act (2002) establishes a Development and Planning Board that have to institute, perform, maintain and keep under review, a study of matters pertinent to the use and development of the land of Saint Christopher as well as to prepare or generate development plans. The Development and Planning Board has a Chief of Physical Planning, which is the person responsible for the operation, administration and coordination of the land planning system and the control of development.
In addition, Saint Kitts and Nevis has an environmental management system regulated by the National Conservation and Environment Act (No 5 of 1987). The main environmental authority is the Ministry of Sustainable Development, which is responsible for both, the development of environmental policies and physical planning. This interaction between environmental management and physical planning in the Ministry of Sustainable Development facilitates the coordination and articulation of these territorial elements in Saint Kitts and Nevis.
The territorial organization of the public administration only has two territorial instances: central and local (parishes). There is no intermediate level.