- The Marginalization of Physical Planning in Jamaica (inclusive of sub-regional case study)   click here to open paper content512 kb
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The Marginalization of Physical pLanning In Jamaica: Ramifications for the Development of Linsteads (St. Catherine), a Sub Regional Urban Centre.
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ABSTRACT
The Marginalisation of Physical Planning in Jamaica: Ramifications for the Development of Linstead (St. Catherine), a Sub Regional Urban Centre

By: Tanya Tamara Bedward (Jamaica)
May 2003


Physical planning was poised to chart the course towards development for many Nations like Jamaica, in the Post-Independence period of the 1960s. The physical plan was to be used as the primary framework within which strategies were to be formulated, for the countryís advancement within a more globalized and competitive world.
Physical planning has practically failed to promote and guide development throughout many areas of Jamaica. This is depicted by the manner in which areas such as Linstead have developed in the past, the current development trends it exhibits, and the role played by the Local Authority in the development process. Essentially, the factors impacting this phenomenon are not solely internal, though the Islandís political system and economy have exerted vast impacts, as have a myriad of other external forces.
The state of the national and global environments has changed. There are as a result, questions raised in the paper as to the future for the role of physical planning and physical planners in Jamaicaís quest for development in the emerging era. It also puts forward, recommendations for addressing the issues contributing to, and created by a peripheralised physical planning system and role played by physical planners in Jamaicaís quest to advance.

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1. What is your contribution/ case study about?

The Marginalisation of Physical Planning in Jamaica (inclusive of sub-regional case study).

2. What is your personal involvement in the project/ events being covered?

The subject research is a final paper towards the completion of a MSc. in Planning and Development at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Trinidad.

3. What makes it interesting for participants?

This provides an interesting case of a Developing Nationís attempt to advance without due cognizance for the role to be played by physical planning and physical planners in the development process.
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