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Jamaica: Crackdown On Construction Breaches – KSAMC Installs Review Panel To Tighten Scrutiny On Approvals

In a “bold” clampdown on rogue housing developers, the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) has announced a review panel and community surveys among major changes to the approval process for construction in the Corporate Area.

The move follows concerns about two high-profile multi-family developments highlighted by The Sunday Gleaner, which resulted in the one at 9 Evans Avenue, Kingston 8, being ordered to cease construction for violating building permits.

That development, and another at 21A Leas Flat, Red Hills, being pursued by legislator Juliet Holness, revealed situations in which residents alleged little consultation on structures at variance with the single-family dwelling character of their neighbourhoods and potential breach of allowable habitable rooms.

Chairman of the KSAMC, Delroy Williams, said that in the short term, a review panel would established to deal with multi-family developments which, he said, is to ensure that residents are made aware of the plans before approvals.

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