Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the government intends to simplify the subdivision application process in order to make land ownership easier for Jamaicans.
Subdivision is the process of dividing a parcel of land into a number of lots and obtaining individual titles (splinter titles) for each lot.
A subdivision can be useful for residential, commercial, agricultural or industrial purposes.
Concerns have been raised that the process for approval is often cumbersome and challenging, involving assessment and review of application by various agencies, and needs to be simplified.
Holness said in order to make the process more expeditious consultations and partnerships will be required with various stakeholders.
He said the objective is to eliminate some of the redundant steps in the procedure and reduce the bureaucracy.
“We will get it done, I am confident of that. Whether it means speeding up the cadastral mapping and the titling process through the Land Administration and Management Programme (LAMP)… the government is seized of the issues,” he said.
Holness was addressing the Land Surveyors Association of Jamaica’s (LSAJ) annual dinner and awards function at The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on October 28.
He congratulated the LSAJ, which is celebrating its 88th year, noting that surveyors play an important role in national development.
Land Surveyors are experts in determining land size and measurement. They also give advice and provide information to guide the work of engineers, architects and developers.
They play an important role in the government’s push for the regularisation of land.
Meanwhile, President of the organisation, Valentine McCook, said the LSAJ is committed to the delivery of top-quality service to clients.
He made an urgent appeal for persons to only commission professional land surveyors and not to support illegal or rogue operators.
McCook indicated that the entity is investigating the contracting of illegal land surveyors and the process is well advanced.
At the ceremony, Angella Markland and Jefferson Davis were recognised for long and dedicated service to the land surveying profession.