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House of Assembly gives Governor and Cabinet greater power over building heights

NJS Francis

Providenciales, 17 Dec 2015 – The House of Assembly unanimously passed amendments on two bills when it convened on Wednesday and both will allow the Cabinet and Planning Department’s decisions on increasing building heights to be lawful.

Recently a court decision ruled that the Cabinet, headed by the Governor and Director of Planning had broken the law when it came to a recent application for a 12-storey resort construction on Grace Bay.

The first amendment gives validation to any planning approval for an increase of heights of buildings. Over the years the Turks and Caicos has gone from permitting only one storey, to going to as high as seven and now wanting to see a 12 storey resort development along the hotel strip.

The second amendment clarifies the Governor’s power as chairman of Cabinet.

Now, the law will reflect that if the Governor is satisfied with the proposal and the consultations on that proposal for any building height increase, that H.E. has the power to make regulations to support the plan.

These amendments were made to the Planning Ordinance. The House of Assembly is now closed for the holidays.

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