Towns & Centres

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Ensure adequate supply and distribution of office and commercial properties to meet the demands of residents.

Ensure an adequate supply of commercial land to meet market demand.

Action Points:
  • Conduct a commercial lands inventory in order to ensure an adequate inventory exists to meet the supply, absorption and future demand for commercial lands on Grand Cayman.

Encourage commercial development in district centres that are of a neighbourhood scale while supporting Primary commercial centres in Grand Cayman.

Action Points:
  • Identify suitable land parcels in each district, with consideration given to factors such as infrastructure, surrounding land uses, environmental features and economic conditions.


Allow for mixed-use developments to create all-inclusive liveable communities.

Encourage the creation of vibrant and dense commercial centres by permitting developments that include a mix of land uses on a single site. These combinations should include residential uses above commercial space, ensuring residents have places to live, work and shop while reducing the need to travel.

Action Points:
  • Review the Planning Regulations to allow for true mixed use residential/office/commercial/retail developments in Commercial zones, as long as the residential use remains accessory to a commercial use. Consider necessary design standards to allow residential and commercial uses in close proximity.
  • Identify locations for locally-oriented Neighbourhood Commercial centres that help to contribute to a ‘neighbourhood heart’ that serves as social and commercial crossroads for residents and visitors.
  • Identify urban design guidelines and standards to create high quality, safe and accessible commercial centres and buildings.

Provide the proper planning tools to ensure the Seven Mile Beach Tourism Corridor remains vibrant both socially and economically

Properly plan for land-use and infrastructure in the Seven Mile Beach Tourism Corridor for the short and long-range future.

Action Points:
  • Prepare a comprehensive inventory of the Seven Mile Beach Area, including but not limited to:
    • Land Uses and Densities; Occupancy Rates; Parking; Circulation and Parking; Pedestrian facilities; Bus and taxi facilities; Wayfinding and business signage; Design Standards/Guidelines; Open Space; Active street fronts; View corridors; Historic sites and resources; Infrastructure; and New planning applications or building permits.
  • Conduct a public outreach programme with property/business owners, tourism representatives, government departments, and the public to identify short and long range improvements for the Seven Mile Beach Tourism Corridor.
  • Carry out a capacity modeling exercise to determine potential growth within Seven Mile Beach, based on current and alternative land use zoning.
  • Develop a Seven Mile Beach Tourism Corridor Area Plan which includes policies, action items and a phasing plan.
  • Draft plan shall be presented to stakeholders, government departments, and public for review and comment.
  • Upon approval the Seven Mile Beach Tourism Corridor Area Plan will supersede all other related policies and regulations related to land use for this area, unless specifically noted in the Plan.

Support the development of employment facilities considering aspects such as comfort, convenience, compatibility, and safety.

Encourage infill and brownfield development on vacant parcels within existing developed areas to minimise development sprawl and minimise the negative effects of neglected and empty properties

Action Points:
  • Support the reuse or conversion of existing buildings to help retain or create employment opportunities within existing commercial zones.
  • Applicants should conduct a market analysis for all applications for major developments outside the town centre or main commercial zones.
  • Allow mixed use development for projects that utilise infill development.
  • Applicants to demonstrate that development proposals for new shopping centres will not adversely affect the vitality and viability of other shopping centres.

Encourage economic diversification and new types of business activity.

Action Points:
  • Adopt flexible and adaptable commercial land use policies that accommodate for new types of future businesses.
  • Create the appropriate regulatory mechanism to allow for Mixed-Use developments within appropriate zones and locations.
  • Ensure that a range of unit sizes are created in order to cater for small businesses.

Support proposals that maintain and enhance the vitality and physical appearance of local shopping centres and, where appropriate, provide better facilities for shoppers.

Action Points:
  • Review and revise, if necessary, accessibility design standards for people with disabilities.
  • Ensure that all new buildings have disabled access and encourage the retrofitting to incorporate them in existing buildings.
  • Ensure parking standards meet the demands for the uses.
  • Undertake a parking demand study for larger commercial developments.

Ensure commercial and economic growth occurs in tandem with the provision of adequate infrastructure

Provide the necessary communication infrastructure and technology to meet the demands of industries such as finance and banking.

Action Points:
  • Facilitate the growth of new and existing telecommunication systems whilst keeping the environmental impact and visual intrusion to a minimum.
  • Sympathetic design and camouflage should be used to minimise the impact of infrastructure on the visual environment, with the aim being for it to blend into the landscape.