Additional steps required for approval…
Once your application has been submitted, there are several additional steps that the Municipal Corporation will need to undertake as a part of their own due diligence and in keeping with the participatory nature of the planning process. This includes the following:
• Due Diligence Investigation - is carried out on the development project.
- Corporation to conduct a site visit and prepare a report (separate fee required)
- This will be done within ten (10) working days of receiving the application.
• Application Circulation - to Reviewing Agencies of your application documents and the Corporation’s site report, which are shared with the relevant reviewing agencies for comments/recommendations, including but not limited to:
- National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA)
- National Works Agency (NWA) (additional costs related to this review)
- Natural Resources Conservation Authority
- Environmental Health Unit, Ministry of Health
- Water Resources Authority
- Mines & Geology Division (if on hillside or slope)
- Jamaica Fire Brigade
- Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM)
- Other Agencies as may be deemed necessary
• Technical Reviews - conducted by the various Reviewing Agencies, who will provide their written comments/recommendations.
• Agencies’ Comments/Recommendations – returned to the Corporation for review and compilation by their Planning Department.
• Report Compiled - on the agencies’ comments/recommendations for presentation to the MC’s Planning Committee.
• Monthly Planning Committee Meeting – held by MC to review the report and make a final decision regarding approval.
To learn more about this process you may also visit the St. Elizabeth MC's website or NEPA's eCentre.