Tag: Department of Planning

Outdoor lights disturbing the neighbourhood

Outdoor lights disturbing the neighbourhood

| 18/02/2019 | 7 Comments

Recently one of my neighbours put up some very bright security lights in his large backyard. The lights are on very high poles and the way the lights are aimed they not only illuminate his yard but a good portion of others such as mine. It is like living next to a sports stadium all […]

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Elevator certificates out of date

Elevator certificates out of date

| 08/01/2019 | 2 Comments

I have noticed that the expiration date of the elevator certificates in some buildings are long past. How can I report the need for them to be re-certified? Auntie’s answer: If you want to report on an elevator that has an expired certificate you can email the applicable section of the Department of Planning at […]

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Why are trees being cut down on the beach?

Why are trees being cut down on the beach?

| 19/10/2018 | 7 Comments

I refer to a reader who asked: “And why the hell did they cut down those shady pine needle trees that were near the water on the beach side?” Aren’t SMB and everything on it protected by law? Who and why had cut those trees down? Who permitted the action? SMB is a national treasure […]

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Planning marks month of building safety

Planning marks month of building safety

| 07/05/2018 | 0 Comments

(CNS Local Life): For the first time, the Department of Planning will be observing Building Safety Month, under the theme “Building Codes Save Lives”, which will include a public awareness campaign throughout May developed by the International Code Council (ICC), an association affiliated with the department. The purpose of the campaign is to help the […]

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Is advertising allowed on our beaches?

Is advertising allowed on our beaches?

| 16/04/2018 | 4 Comments

While walking on the beach recently, I noticed a tall advertisement banner planted in the sand, on the beach side of Hyatt. Is this permitted? Auntie’s answer: Advertising is not allowed without getting formal permission. A Ministry of Planning official explained that a banner sign on the beach would require approval from the Department of […]

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Unhappy with state of old Hyatt property

Unhappy with state of old Hyatt property

| 15/04/2018 | 15 Comments

I had thought that Cayman government passed a law some years ago that empowered it to charge $25,000 a day to owners of derelict properties. Why then is Dart not charged for the eyesore formerly called the Hyatt hotel, which as many know, is the remains of an amazing property destroyed by Hurricane Ivan. Auntie’s […]

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Who controls public access to the beach?

Who controls public access to the beach?

| 07/02/2018 | 8 Comments

I have received several questions regarding beach access and since the answers are related, I am including all three queries here: 1. I would like to know, and I think the public should know also, who has power and authority to change our public beach access? 2. Is it legal for CPA to give Dart […]

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Disputing fire lanes marked by condo

Disputing fire lanes marked by condo

| 20/09/2017 | 31 Comments

I was trying to go to Seven Mile Beach on Sunday and I saw a beach access by Christopher Columbus condos going into West Bay. When I pulled to the roadside by the beach access, I saw signs on the condo complex wall stating the roadside was a fire lane and parking was not allowed […]

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Complaining about illegal construction

Complaining about illegal construction

| 23/07/2017 | 3 Comments

Recently a friend contacted the Department of Planning about some significant construction at a residence in Webster’s Estates in South Sound. They were told there was no planning permission but that they had only one enforcement officer so couldn’t attend. This seems a little surprising given the extensive requirements for any building or renovation projects, […]

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Neighbour wants to replace fence with wall

Neighbour wants to replace fence with wall

| 07/06/2017 | 12 Comments

You have a chain link fence around your yard that you put there with your own money, without any help from your neighbour. Now your neighbour would like to put a block wall there instead. Are you obligated to help the neighbour with half of the cost, even though I have a fence there already? […]

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Election billboard put up without consent

Election billboard put up without consent

| 17/04/2017 | 6 Comments

Does a political candidate have the right to erect a billboard on private property without the owner’s permission? There are some who think they do and refuse to remove the signage. Is the property owner allowed to remove the aforementioned signage since they have not approved its instalment and it is an eyesore? I have tried to […]

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Curious about new construction

Curious about new construction

| 05/04/2017 | 5 Comments

What is being built on the beach in front of Bodden Town Cemetery? Auntie’s answer: I can help point you in the right direction for this question but you are going to have to do a bit of research to get the answer you seek. I did first ask the Ministry of Planning for guidance. […]

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Complaint about container sitting in neighbour’s yard

Complaint about container sitting in neighbour’s yard

| 27/03/2017 | 6 Comments

One of my neighbours has a 40-foot metal container in his yard and has done since we moved in five years ago. They are an utter eyesore. We have spoken with him and he won’t move them. My wife thinks there is a solution, but given the number of these ugly things around the island, I don’t […]

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Neighbours living in unfinished house

Neighbours living in unfinished house

| 04/08/2016 | 22 Comments

Where or how do I go about reporting to the planning department some people that are living in a house that they are building but is not close to be completed and have no planning permission to be living there yet? I know of circumstances where people are building and have finished the roof and […]

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Is construction allowed on ironshore?

Is construction allowed on ironshore?

| 21/06/2016 | 0 Comments

Are developers allowed to extend apartments and build out onto the ironshore? Auntie’s answer: While I do not profess to know all the ins and outs of what is and isn’t allowed to be built, I do know that all building permission must go through the same process. The Central Planning Authority (CPA) makes the […]

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