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Oct 16, 2020

P.U.P. Plans to Distribute 60K Lots as Part of its Land Policy

John Briceño

As part of its Belize Plan Campaign, the People’s United Party launched its policy “Land in Belizean Hands.”  The party is aiming to distribute sixty thousand lots to first-time landowners, young persons, and women.  P.U.P. Leader John Briceño says that distributing land means that ordinary people will have collateral to build homes or send their children to school or start a new business.  He says that the distribution of land can stimulate new industries.  The party leader says that six key strategies will be implemented to carry out fair and comprehensive land reform.

 

John Briceño, P.U.P. Leader

“The next P.U.P. government will then do the following, one ensure that every Belizean over eighteen years of age who desires to own a piece of land for housing, urban or rural farming or business get the opportunity to do so. We will make it a priority to start with first time land owners, women and young people. Two, partner with city, town, and village councils and alcaldes to project land needs for population growth.  We will do this by carving out land for plan and phased urban expansion. This means making land available for housing, education, and recreating, commercial activities and so on. We want to do this so we can have planned, orderly, transparent and progressive development of our communities, always in a way that respects the rights and tradition of all our people. Three simply, make safe and modernize the process of applying for lands and receiving titles. We will modernize the land registry to allow for online access. We will be transparent and accountable because Belizeans deserve a process in lands that is non partisan, friendly, seamless and convenient. This is our land and we must treat it with respect. Four we will re-establish the survey unit at the Lands Department to fast track the surveying and delivery of land for housing, urban and rural farming, business and commerce and industry. Five align our national development goals with a national sustainable land use plan which maintain the ecological integrity of the biophysical environment and the cultural landscapes and which indentifies and demarcates land for urban expansion, tourism, agriculture and other development activities based on a criterion of best uses. Six, mobilize resources for climate smart development aligned to the national development and sustainable land use plan though incentivizing green and climate smart urban and rural development and ecosystem services.”


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