Tomorrow hearing about Simpson Bay zoning plan

POSTED: 02/24/14 11:46 PM

St. Maarten – Vromi-Minister Maurice Lake said on Sunday that everyone is invited to raise their concerns and questions at the public hearing tomorrow about the preliminary draft development plan for Simpson Bay.

Residents and stakeholders can download and review the second presentation of public consultation to prepare themselves for the hearing. The content is similar to what will be presented on Tuesday. The only changes concern information about the Airport and the sewage treatment plan that is no longer part of the plans.

Interested residents and stakeholders can go to the website ( and select the drop down tab “Government,” followed by “Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Development, Environment and Infrastructure (MinVROMI).”

On this page go to “Zoning/Development Plans” and a page will open with an interactive map. Select the Simpson Bay area map and it will show you the presentations. The files are in a PDF file and are downloadable.

“Answers will be provided to questions on Tuesday that people in the community have, and clarity will be provided to things that people do not understand or have been misinformed by others who don’t have the proper information.  In my back to basics approach, I believe in full transparency. The community should have a full understanding about their neighborhood where development is envisioned,” Lake said in a press statement.

“Minutes will be made of all the questions and concerns that directly relate to the zoning plans and answers will be provided.  The draft development plan will be placed on public review in the English and Dutch language and will also be made available on the government website.”

Lake added that everyone can submit “concerns and appeals in writing to my person as minister of VROMI during the period of the public review.  An independent committee of experts will advise on the appeals before it will be sent to Parliament for approval. Parliament has the final say, but nothing is set in stone and everyone has the opportunity to voice their concerns and seek additional information related to the draft development plan for Simpson Bay.”

Tomorrow’s hearing will begin at 7 p.m. at the Allen Halley Sports & Recreation Center in Simpson Bay. After the hearing, the draft development plan will be on public review for 30 days.



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