The Dart group has set out to reassure the public about its proposed Planned Area Development (PAD) for the area north of Governor’s Harbour in terms of future development and how it may impact beach access.
A statement from the leading local development company says they are “aware there is some anxiety in the local community” about this new project and that they “would like to clarify a few points that may be causing concern”.
Dart explains that the new PAD application to connect lands east and west of the Esterley Tibbetts Highway between Governor’s Harbour and Yacht Club “takes a long-range, comprehensive view and, if approved, gives some predictability and certainty to the nature of future development in that area.”
The company says in the spirit of full transparency, wishing to share information about our proposed plans, Dart scheduled meetings with neighbouring property owners and other stakeholders to provide more details about the PAD and Dart’s approach to sustainable development and to answer any questions.
“To date, we have held 10 information sessions with more than 500 people and have several more in the pipeline,” the company adds.
Regarding beach access, Dart says: “We understand the concerns about retaining public access and appreciate its value to the community. The recent upgrades to Public Beach and the 1,300 ft public pathway that runs in front of Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa provide convenient access to Seven Mile Beach in this area, and we are considering how to continue this connectivity with new developments.”
The company acknowledges that with Easter approaching, this topic is especially timely for camping.
“Members of the public are welcome to camp on Dart’s undeveloped beachfront properties and we request people please camp responsibly.”
Dart says it will be placing dumpsters at Barkers, Starfish Point and north of Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa for the public’s convenience and to minimise the impact on the environment.
* More info about PADS provided by the Dart group.
A PAD is a relatively new planning tool introduced by the Cayman Islands Government in 2010 which does not give permission to develop or clear lands. Any development within the PAD area will require its own specific planning permission.
It does not give permission to develop or clear lands. Any development within the PAD area will require its own specific planning permission.
A PAD is a planning tool that allows for mixed-use development, encouraging thoughtful master planning for areas of more than 40 acres with at least three uses (eg. residential, commercial and tourism). It requires a developer to consider utility infrastructure, transportation solutions, community open spaces, environmental management and public services.
It provides a framework for development in the years ahead and can be adapted to meet changing needs, if required. In line with the nature of a PAD application, the drawings submitted with the current PAD application are conceptual; there are no definitive development plans at this stage.