The Town Planning Board met on September 4 to review building applications and authorize building permits to be issued. Ten plans had been submitted with an estimated construction value of just over $2 million. Eight applications were of a residential nature, one was for an office complex and one was for an office addition.
Board members were concerned with lax adherence to required set-backs, either on the street or the property sides. However, the Board can base their decisions on setbacks and other conditions only as documented on the submitted plans.
Once the plans indicate that the requirements have been met and a building permit authorized, it is up to inspectors with the Ministry of Works to ensure that construction adheres to the plans. Many examples over the years were discussed where construction has not followed the plan.
Several applications for additions to existing buildings had been submitted, but it was known that construction was well underway. The engineer for the Ministry of Works will be asked to investigate and either take action or make recommendations.
A plan for a residence on Pelican Shore was deferred pending clarification of the application and a site plan giving more information.
This was Central Abaco’s first meeting of the Town Planning Board for this term of Local Government. One member served on the previous committee, but the other five were new to the approval process.
Deputy Chairman Glender Archer chaired the meeting in the Chairman’s absence.