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Overdevelopment of mangrove wetlands in South Sound has created an increased flood risk to homes in the area, prompting calls for a new national approach to stormwater management.
The charm of Cayman is rapidly fading. No more high rises. Will be just another Miami Beach! When is enough, enough from Dart? It makes...
Do you support the idea of Cayman's population increasing to 100,000?
If Cayman's population continues to grow, adopting modern development principles will help lessen any impact on the environment and way of life on the island, argues architect Mike Stroh.
We hear from Cayman Compass All-Access subscribers to find out what they think of population and the related development in the Cayman Islands.
Cayman's rapid growth has had a staggering impact on the island over the past 60 years. We look at the consequences of that growth and discuss new ways of doing things as Cayman continues to grow.
As part of our ongoing Cayman 2.0 series, the Compass this week is looking at development and population in the Cayman Islands. The idea...
Cayman's Planning Department approved 748 projects valued at $890 million last year, Commerce Minister Joey Hew announced Wednesday.
I have recently returned to Grand Cayman after a 12-year absence. I write this letter as a person who in 2004 was invited back to...
The Department of Planning will host an information session on the planning application and permit process at the Family Life Centre this week.
Libanon Corporation developers, who are looking to build a $20 million four-star luxury hotel along Seven Mile Beach returned to the Central Planning Authority Wednesday with revised plans.
The needs of downtown George Town remain myriad, residents heard once again Thursday evening.
Six new apartment complexes were given the green light Friday after the Central Planning Authority convened a special meeting to allow developers a chance to have their applications reviewed before a “loophole” allowing stamp duty reductions is closed.
Plans for a Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Beach Bay include two central buildings and a cluster of restaurants, pools and other amenities dotted around the sprawling oceanfront site.
A good rule of thumb, used in many countries around the world, is that housing and related expenses should not exceed 30% of a household’s take-home income.
Plans for a 10-storey business hotel at the “tranquil” north end of Seven Mile Beach have been rejected after an unprecedented number of objections to the proposal.
Mr. Myles is to be commended, and his efforts supported – particularly by parents and educators who influence young people’s choices and who may be unaware of today’s job market realities.
The Central Planning Authority has rejected plans for a beachside bar and restaurant in East End.
The Dart group is seeking to free itself from restrictive agreements guaranteeing home owners in the luxury Britannia Estates development the right to use golf, tennis and beach facilities associated with its properties.
Today’s front-page article about Cayman’s construction industry is the sort of report a CEO would rush to present to his board of directors. After all, who does not like good news?
The Cayman Islands is a successful and well-known offshore financial center, as well as a popular tourism hot spot, but economic growth in recent years has been driven by an entirely different industry: construction.
Skyscrapers on Grand Cayman? Back away from the ledge, and break out the smelling salts – envisioning future progress is not for the faint of heart.
Amid another record-breaking year for tourism in the Cayman Islands, one controversial development was never far from the headlines.
Speaker of the House McKeeva Bush believes buildings of 50 stories and higher are the next step for Cayman’s tourism product.
Industry insiders and prospective buyers got a sneak peak of a new luxury condo project under development in Rum Point at a launch event last week.
Development of the area is not wrong if it is done properly. Where would Cayman be today without development?
Government is seeking public input on a new development plan for Grand Cayman.
At the time of writing, the U.S. economy is anticipating another interest rate hike (predicted to happen before the end of the year), with two more expected in 2019.
If there is one place on the planet that should have a simple tax structure, it is the Cayman Islands. So why are lawmakers considering adding more complexity to our country’s stamp duty regime on property purchases?
Buying a new home in the Cayman Islands is about to get more expensive – at least for some.
The Dart group has begun marketing its first for-sale residential development within Camana Bay, a 124-home community named OLEA.
The NCB Group has been granted permission for a new condo complex in Prospect as Cayman’s residential building boom continues.
Government is seeking to help shape the future growth of Grand Cayman with its first Development Plan in more than 20 years.
We do not know much about Invincible Investment Corporation, but we share at least one thing in common with the newest landlord on Seven Mile Beach: confidence in the strength of the Cayman Islands tourism sector.
For generations, the urban plan in the Cayman Islands has been dictated by changing circumstances.
A new, 10-story condominium project has been approved for Seven Mile Beach, continuing the shift toward taller buildings in Grand Cayman’s main tourist district.
The $10.6 million dollar first phase of the Linford Pierson Highway widening project is now complete and could help slash commute times in half, according to National Roads Authority officials.
The Central Planning Authority has approved plans for a $177 million, 10-story luxury condo complex on Seven Mile Beach.
Bulldozers are sculpting and reshaping a large area of land bordering Seven Mile Beach as the Dart group makes headway on a series of projects.
A passionate crowd showed up at the South Sound Community Centre Tuesday night for a meeting about the redevelopment of Smith Cove, also known as Smith Barcadere.
The Beach Bay project adds to a growing list of expansions and new developments springing up in every district.
The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group announced Wednesday that it will manage the long-planned luxury resort and residences at Beach Bay, Grand Cayman.
The National Conservation Council is questioning why its advice was not considered before the Dart group was granted planning permission for an event site that will host a major music festival next year.
Plans for an $8 million, 60-unit condo development in West Bay have been approved by the Central Planning Authority.
Cayman’s new Builders Law will raise the standard of professionalism in our expanding construction sector, aligning our jurisdiction with other venues that insist on best practices in this critical industry.
Construction businesses who fail to register under the new Builders Law could find themselves unable to get permits for their projects after the end of July.
Is over-supply on the horizon? This is one question that I’m being asked with increasing frequency by investors based overseas, as people take in the scale of development currently happening in Grand Cayman.
Here in Cayman, where the flowers remain vibrant all the year round, we have our own season of growth to celebrate – economically, that is – as dozens of exciting development projects are springing up.
Repairs and upgrades to the William Allen McLaughlin Civic Centre in East End should be finished by the end of June, according to Infrastructure Minister Joey Hew.
The dragnet worked: The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service got their man – a “person of interest” in the investigation of a chilling homicide.
The Dart group’s plans to extend the new West Bay Road underpass have been approved at the second attempt – paving the way for a five-star hotel project that could bridge the road.
Plans for a cluster of cottages to be developed as a residential mental health facility have been approved by the Central Planning Authority.
A scheme much like ABC’s reality TV series “Shark Tank,” designed to help budding entrepreneurs make their business dreams a reality, is part of government’s plans for the future of the tourism industry.
A luxury condo project planned for Rum Point could lead a new wave of tourism development in the eastern districts, according to developer Joe Imparato.
This month I would like to explore the ways in which investors could benefit from investing in the most sought-after piece of real estate in the Cayman Islands and the hurdles that they may face in the process.
Luxury hotel chain Hyatt is returning to Grand Cayman after announcing a deal to operate the new five-star resort on Seven Mile Beach, expected to open late 2020.
In 1960, the Cayman Islands could not have been further removed from its status today as a small but prominent global financial center. At the time, the Cayman economy still largely relied on seamen’s remittances, fishing, agriculture, shipbuilding and hand crafts. Airline services were limited and the tourism sector in its infancy.
Plans for a $1.45 million commercial shooting range in East End have been given the green light by the Central Planning Authority.
The Dart group has revived plans for a five-star hotel on Seven Mile Beach – incorporating the current site of the Royal Palms bar.
Local and international architect and developer Encompass has won the “Best Single Residential Property in the World” for their Cayman Kai, five-star, six-bedroom Sun Serenity accommodation at London’s Dec. 4 gala International Property Development Awards.
The free exchange of ideas is a necessary component of any healthy democracy. That is why the Compass reserves space in each issue for readers and leaders to share their perspectives as letters to the editor.
Here’s the latest update from the entrepreneurs and developers behind some of the largest and most ambitious proposals to emerge over the past few years.
A new beachfront “healing resort” featuring dome-shaped guest villas is planned for the old Mariners Cove site in Prospect, which was swept away during Hurricane Ivan.
The Dart group has submitted a new application to extend the length of the tunnel it is building on West Bay Road.
The National Roads Authority will officially open the Camana Bay South Roundabout and the northbound lanes of the new Esterley Tibbetts Highway on Thursday.
A project to bring a $300-million five-star hotel to the southern end of Seven Mile Beach has moved a step closer after the developer finalized a US$25-million deal to buy the property.
The Dart group failed to demonstrate sufficient reason to justify extending the underpass it is building on West Bay Road, the Central Planning Authority wrote in a single-line explanation of its decision to reject the application.
Closed for almost four years, the Alexander Hotel on Cayman Brac had fallen into a state of disrepair. Now it has been spruced up and put on the market in the hope that an investor will see potential in the 31-room hotel.
The 2017 Governor’s Awards for Design and Construction Excellence ceremony was held on Thursday at the Governor’s Residence, with 18 Forum Lane at Camana Bay Town Center and the “Linger Longer” Silverman Residence winning this year’s awards in the commercial and residential categories, respectively.
Plans for a new plaza on West Bay Road, featuring restaurants, shops and apartments, have sparked opposition among condominium owners on Seven Mile Beach.
The developer behind a planned golf resort in the eastern districts is now seeking to bring a new bulk fuel storage facility to Grand Cayman.