Three join Planning Department

Three new staff members have joined the Planning Department, the most recent addition taking up his post at the start of the New Year.

John Elliott, whose has a wide range of experience in the construction arena, soon will relocate to Cayman Brac as the building inspector for the Sister Islands, said a GIS press release.

This won’t be his first time residing in Cayman Brac as he served as project manager for Arch & Godfrey on the Barclays Bank Building in the 1990s.

Mr. Elliott participates in many of the marathons and races held annually in Grand Cayman. He also is the director of Cayman Hyperbaric Services, which operates the recompression chamber at the Cayman Islands Hospital.

Mr. Elliott also has been heavily involved with technical education in the United Kingdom, Kenya, and locally. In 1979 he was appointed by the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Co-operation to advise the Cayman Islands Government about establishment of a building and trade school for the local construction industry. The Trade School was incorporated into the Community College.

Taking on the post of plans examiner is Stephen Shows. Recently retired from a 25-year career with the City and Borough of Juneau, Alaska, Mr. Shows has more than 15 code certifications. He also is a Certified Building Official.

Mr. Shows has been working with the Planning Department since October 2005 and is looking forward to contributing to the direction the department is taking.

‘This is an exciting change for me and I am looking forward to continuing the momentum that was created after Ivan,’ he said.

Kim Smith, who joined the Department in December 2005, rounds out the new group as the department’s compliance officer.

She worked in enforcement for more than 10 years with the Suffolk County Council in Bury St. Edmunds, England. There, she was involved with streamlining and improving office and enforcement procedures, and led the Area Rights of Way team in the protection and maintenance of footpaths, bridleways (horse routes) and byways (off road vehicular routes).

‘Having arrived here not too long following Hurricane Ivan, I have seen the need for the continued enforcement of planning laws to ensure people follow the correct planning process and that buildings on the island comply with certain minimum standards,’ she said in the release.

‘It is very important that people use correct methods of construction so that buildings are safe and strong. If you see illegal development in your neighbourhood, your neighbour may be endangering you and I would encourage you to contact me at 769-7526 Ext 1532. I look forward to being a part of the Planning team and working towards our goals.’

Director of Planning, Mr. Kenneth Ebanks, commented: ‘We are actively pursuing the recruitment of other staff (planners and inspectors) to complement these three but because of vibrant economies locally and internationally, the number and quality of candidates are reduced significantly.