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Jun 16, 2016

City Planners Come Up with a Plan to Spruce Up the Yarborough

Darrell Bradley

A team of urban designers, at the invitation of the Belize City Council, is back in the Old Capital where a project to rehabilitate the Yarborough community is set to begin.  The initiative is the result of a collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank and the American Planning Association.  The group initially arrived in country on a working visit in February and returned this week to complete the consultation phase with residents in the area.  According to Mayor Darrell Bradley, the idea was born out of a need for zoning and capacity building in Belize City.

 

Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

“The city council is working on a series of activities again in partnership again with the Inter-American Development Bank and the American Planning Association to really emphasize the sustainable development goals.  One of the real points of the sustainable development goal and a specific goal is to make cities more livable and we’ve spoken a lot about the idea of urban planning.  There have been a lot of interest in terms of zoning and capacity building and one of the things that we recognize is that the city council is very limited in terms of its capacity, hence the partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank and the American Planning Association.  So that we have a group of planners from the APA who are in country, this is not the first time that they’re in country and they’re focusing particularly on an intervention in the Yarborough area.  During this entire week they have been meeting with various stakeholders and there will be a closeout meeting tomorrow at six p.m. at the Anglican Diocese Community Center where they will unveil some of their preliminary findings.  One of the main purposes in terms of their visit is to get feedback from members of the community.  So a series of meetings have been held over the last week in relation to engaging various members of our community, members of the government, members of the business community, young people and personnel from the Belize City Council in relation to ensuring that the report that is being put together is something that has as much as possible buy-in from all the relevant stakeholders within our community.”

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