Island Development Threshold. The Land Development Control Committee recently asked the Anguilla National Trust to provide comments on an application for outline planning permission by the proprietors of the Conch Bay Development. They intend to build a golf course, resort and residences on Block 78913B Parcel 100 and Block 79013 Parcel 126. The Trust replied in writing on 30 June 2007. It is an interesting document to read. It contains many revelations. These particularly relate to weaknesses in government’s processes and procedures. There are some ominous warnings in the document. Under the heading Additional Questions and Concerns we read:
While the GoA has not yet carried out an assessment to determine what is the development threshold of the island or whether or not the island has reached this point, the LDCC has an obligation to ensure that such an action be taken from the perspective of managing and pacing the development of the island. The ANT has serious concerns about the rate and pace of the island’s development and urges the LDCC to request the relevant agencies in collaboration with the EXCO to conduct an assessment to determine the development saturation point of the island. Such a tool will only serve to protect the island and justify the LDCC’s actions as we continue to grow at extremely rapid paces.
What to make of this warning? Has our island reached its development threshold? Will further unrestrained construction of mega-resorts stretch the island’s infrastructure beyond the breaking point? Will the Land Development Control Committee take the hint, and carry out the needed studies? Will we see any positive reaction to this warning from the Trust?
Your guess is as good as mine.