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Mar 5, 2014

Mayor Bradley says that zoning was necessary for 6th Street

Darrell Bradley

Bradley also alluded to one major problem which has caused the current hostilities on Sixth Street – zoning. That’s why the previously residential street has a commercial feel…with large supermarkets, a pharmacy, stores and apartment buildings. But he says that the Council cannot bear the full responsibility for the zoning. In fact, says Bradley, City Hall actually issued stop orders for some of the commercial ventures. So why did the works continue? The Mayor says because higher powers over-ruled him.

 

Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

“In many cases, and I know for a fact because we have had to deal with it, there were several buildings being built along Sixth Street, and we gave them stop orders for the very same reason that we knew the area was changing in terms of the congestion, and our stop order was over-ridden by higher powers. So that the reality is that we recognized this as a problem from about a year ago, and several of these buildings have been built within the year period, and we tried to stop them but we could not. When you’re dealing with zoning, one of the important things is that you have to get consensus because you are dealing with land use rights, and every person has a right to use their land in a manner that is befitting themselves providing that it does not unreasonably infringe on the rights of others, so that when we do zoning in many areas, we have done it in the city before, it tends to promote a lot of division because there is not that consensus, and I had indicated that on Sixth Street, people will say that within the last year that street, while it’s in King’s Park, it’s no longer residential. The character has changed, and the predominant quality of that street right now is commercial. It’s probably changed on its own and in spite of efforts to regulate it to the contrary. But we have to deal with what we have on the street…we have tried to stop buildings, those have not been successful. Now we have the huge problem of congestion and we’re trying to do steps to put in slight regulation to ensure that there is safety on the street.”

 

According to Bradley, the higher power he is referring to is Central Government, working through the Central Building Authority.

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1 Response for “Mayor Bradley says that zoning was necessary for 6th Street”

  1. Lord LOL says:

    These business are the ones who are supporting your party Mr Mayor.

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