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Feb 9, 2016

Visiting Urban Planners Focus on Yarborough Community

Currently a high profile visiting team of urban planners is in Belize City. The experts from the American Planning Association are here at the invitation of the Belize City Council and they are focusing on the Yarborough Community which lies within the Queen Square constituency. It is an area that is poverty-stricken, lacks infrastructure and is also one of the hotspots in the Old Capital for criminal activities. On Wednesday, the first phase of the redevelopment of the Yarborough community begins and the team is expected to make two other visits before presenting recommendations that are to be incorporated into the master plan of the city.

 

Justin Moore, Urban Designer/Planner, American Planning Association

“The idea is to take those broad topics—social and environmental concerns—and look really at the Yarborough neighborhood in particular to help develop specific goals by going to the sites, looking at the conditions, talking to people and really understanding the context so that we can make more specific recommendations. This first team is really looking at the lay of the land and understanding what the issues of stakeholders area and we’ll come back with multiple experts; so people from different backgrounds and different types of expertise later in the year and where we’ll do more detailed recommendations.”

 

Justin Moore

Reporter

“Is zoning a major part of this or is that the main focus?”

 

Justin Moore

“It’s a part of it; I would say it is one of the major tools in terms of administrative things that could be done; actionable things the city government can do to help control development and guide development. So that is one of the reasons we are being brought in—planners, people that have this technical expertise—to talk about how land use, zoning, different regulations can be paired with things like infrastructural improvements and even kind of cultural social programs to sort of improve the development of the neighborhood.”

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