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Feb 10, 2016

Mayor Plans to Address Zoning in Specific Communities

Darrell Bradley

A hot-button subject coming up on which the Mayor will not be quiet about relates to zoning. Mayor Bradley says that in the past, the City Council had been dealing with zoning in an ad hoc way. Recently, there have been issues in Caribbean Shores, the Palm Groves Estate, Bella Vista, West Landivar and other areas in the city which required the council’s intervention. This Thursday, the City Council will be having another round of meetings with residents in the King’s Park community and zoning will be at center of the discussions.

 

Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

“The city together with the central government partners needs to take the bull by the horn and we really need to lead the development of Belize City instead of following up. Because if I am investing in a particular areas, I want to know the land use policy in that area for the next thirty years because if I am going to buy a piece of land, I want to know I could build a large building, I can build a restaurant or if I am building my retirement home or something like that, that I can enjoy peace and quiet for the rest of my life. And that is something that has to do with attracting proper investment. Because people won’t invest in a particular area if they don’t know the land use of that particular area; so we hope that overall we can get a lot of emphasis in urban planning including zoning and that can be really a focal point for the municipality.”

 

Reporter

“Is there a specific  issue coming to head with the Kings park area where some of the residents gave you some push back on  that specific location…can you discuss that with us?”

 

Darrell Bradley

“Well I don’t think that it is an issue that is coming to a head. I think that when you are dealing with zoning it is always difficult because you are trying to deal with balance and competing interest and this is where a municipality has to be very responsible and we have to listen to the concerns of all sides. I think it is very important that residents are able to live in a community that is peaceful and that is supporting a certain type of character and a certain type of image. If you live in a residential community and you’re a retired person. You are entitled to enjoy peace and quiet, I think that is an expectation, likewise you want to attract investment to the city you want development to happen in Belize City. I am very concerned in terms of loss of employment, in loss of housing stock, you really have to kind of balance the needs of residence and the concerns of residence in terms of moving the city forward to attract investment and vary types of housing which the master plan talks about so that I don’t think that it is something that is coming to a head, I think it is an opportunity for us to have a really serious conversation with the people who are most affected in relation to what kind of city and what kind of neighborhood you want.”

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