While acknowledging the longstanding issue in which persons inconveniently park their cars along roadsides, Premier Dr D Orlando Smith has announced plans to implement zoning regulations in the British Virgin Islands.
Zoning, effectively, is the process of dividing parts of a town or piece of land into various parts or zones for residential or industrial purposes.
These categories are then subjected to different restrictions for use and development.
The Premier wants zoning policies that will make it mandatory for persons to build homes and business structures with allotted parking spaces, among other things.
“We have lots of laws on our books but we are not being as vigilant in enforcing them as we should and this is something that I have been concerned about,” Premier Smith said.
“We have to take them more seriously and to ensure that the laws are really followed and [that we] put in place other things that need to be put in place like zoning regulations.”
The Premier said there have been calls in the past for zoning regulations. He said ‘the time is ripe to do that now’.
The Premier was responding to concerns by residents of the Sixth Electoral District about structures being erected without parking allocations.
One resident urged government to roll out the new building policies and order a halt on any housing project that is not following these regulations.
“God has given us a second opportunity to get it right. If we don’t have ordinances on the books, I think somebody needs to go back to the drawing board,” the resident said.