Cabinet has approved the reappointment of nine members to serve on the Planning Authority Board in accordance with the Physical Planning Act, 2004.
The board is headed by Chairman, Mr. Louis Potter; Deputy Chairman, Mr. Edward DeCastro; along with Mr. Romney Penn, Mr. Reynold Davies and Mr. Elton Sprauve as other appointed members.
The Physical Planning Act, 2004 provides for a Board of ten members to be appointed. Five persons are selected by the Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE, whose portfolio is responsible for physical planning. The sixth member is nominated by the Leader of the Opposition, while four persons are ex-officio members of Government planning and building departments.
The four ex-officio members include the Chief Planner in the Town and Country Planning Department, Mr. Greg Adams who is also the Chief Executive Officer for the Planning Authority, the Acting Director of Public Works Department, Mr. Jeffrey Skelton; Director of Disaster Management, Ms. Sharleen DaBreo; and the Chief Conservation and Fisheries Officer, Mr. Kelvin Penn. The appointments are effective from June 2, 2015.
The Planning Act requires that members are selected from among persons who have knowledge and experience in land development matters; environmental, coastal and marine matters; agriculture; commerce and industry; economic and financial matters; Crown lands; housing; infrastructure and utilities; and any other area of public interest that the Minister considers relevant to physical planning.