Changes part of planning revamp
changes to Cayman’s Development and Planning Law and regulations will mean that
developers along the Seven Mile Beach corridor on Grand Cayman can now build
structures up to 10 storeys.
previous height restriction was seven storeys.
height allowances were also increased slightly in beach resort/residential
zones in other parts of Grand Cayman.
height restrictions in general commercial zones will stay the same as they are
now; seven storeys in downtown George Town and five storeys elsewhere.
McKeeva Bush told the Legislative Assembly late Monday that he realised there
could be some opposition to the move, but he said the need for economic
development was paramount.
will give momentum to the renewal of some of the older properties on the beach,
allowing them to be renovated or rebuilt,” Mr. Bush said. “Given the way the
previous definition for building height has been interpreted, we do have some
buildings on the strip that seem to approach near that height at the moment.”
Development and Planning (Amendment)(No.2) Regulations, which were approved on
Monday, redefine how building height is measured so that the average finished
height of a development site is used, rather than the centreline of the road
the property abuts.
height change applies only to buildings in “Hotel/Tourism Zone 1” – that’s
basically Seven Mile Beach between West Bay Cemetery on the north and Dixie
Cemetery on the south.
that area only, the maximum height will increase to 10 storeys or 130 feet,
whichever one is taller. Currently, the regulations allow only seven storey
buildings or a maximum of 91 feet.
changes do not apply to hotel/tourism zones throughout the island, but only to
the West Bay Road tourism belt,” Premier Bush said.
properties in areas zoned beach resort/residential, changes to the planning
regulations now allow buildings to reach up to 40 feet high, rather than 33
feet. The structures cannot extend above three storeys in those areas. Mr. Bush
said that change was made mainly to allow for larger floor areas inside of
beach resort homes.
buildings need more space internally for higher ceilings, air-conditioning
equipment and structural beams,” he said.
Smaller lots, less parking
newly-approved regulations also allow for smaller lot sizes everywhere on Grand
Cayman. The minimum size of the lot will depend on whether the area is
considered high-density, medium-density or low-density for development
Bush said government has long heard calls about the need to reduce minimum lot
size requirements, particularly in higher density areas where business
development has been limited due to lot size.
only will this help keep land affordable because it is cheaper to service smaller
lots, but it will also help make wiser use of our limited land area,” he said,
adding that subdivisions would cost less to develop with smaller lot
high-density residential areas, minimum lot sizes will go from 6,500 square
feet to 5,000 square feet for houses and duplexes. For medium-density areas,
that requirement goes from 10,000 square feet to 7,500 square feet.
low-density areas, detached home property requirements will go from 12,500
square feet to 10,000 square feet; and duplexes will change from 13,500 square
feet to 12,500 square feet.
minimum lot size requirements changed, site coverage and property setback
specifics remain the same under the revised regulations.
do not get any closer to each other,” Mr. Bush said.
revised planning regulations also allow for businesses to have less on-site
parking, particularly those in the central district of George Town.
will activate the potential for additional growth within George Town and make
it again practical to develop some of the smaller parcels there,” Mr. Bush
regulations now allow a business to locate up to half of its parking “off
site”; that’s within 500 feet of the commercial building in general commercial
zones. In central George Town, a full 100 per cent of the parking can be “off
site” or within 700 feet of the building.