Minister Heyliger calls on Simpson Bay,Beacon Hill communities

To attend Thursday’s development plan town hall meeting

The first of several town hall meetings gets underway on Thursday about development plans for country Sint Maarten.

The town hall sessions are being organized by the Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Development, Environment and Infrastructure (VROMI).

The input of the community is considered paramount in this process and in order for the right choices to be made, the community has to have a say by giving their views with respect to the spatial national development of the country.

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The drafting of the development plans will take approximately 24 months and the aforementioned plans will guide the future spatial development of the country where it relates to government and private land.

The draft plan in preparation for Simpson Bay includes Beacon Hill and the Simpson Bay Lagoon.

The first town hall meeting will be held in Simpson Bay on Thursday, March 8 in the Allen Halley Sports & Recreation Center starting at 7.00pm. Residents of Simpson Bay and Beacon Hill and surrounding areas are invited to come to the meeting.

The planning process entails the following steps for public participation and support for each of the plans:

· an inventory of wishes in town hall meetings that will result in a memorandum of principles for the development plan;

· a consultation concerning the choices that have to be made for the preparation of the preliminary draft development plan;

· your opinion with regards to the proposals in the preliminary draft development plan, which will be presented in a public hearing.

The Government believes that the public and stakeholders must have a say in the preparation of the plans, and must also have the opportunity to (public) review and give comments on the draft plans before they are sent to Parliament for approval.