Why & How
The Cayman Islands are changing. From the “Islands that time forgot” in the 1950s Grand Cayman is now a major financial centre and tourism destination that has experienced rapid population growth. Significant development continues to take place throughout Grand Cayman with new homes, hotels, office buildings and the construction of new roads and other supporting infrastructure.
Few communities have seen their population grow at the rate experienced in Grand Cayman since the 1950’s. There are 8,000 more people living in the Cayman Islands than there were just 5 years ago and the Islands’ estimated total resident population of 63,415 (Autumn 2017) is the highest ever recorded. The Cayman Islands has one of the highest rates of migration in the world and now supports more than 130 nationalities. This has a huge impact on the environment, infrastructure and community of the Cayman Islands.
Grand Cayman boasts a variety of natural assets such as mangrove wetlands, scenic coastlines and open spaces. They not only provide important ecological functions and habitats for wildlife but they are a vital to the character of the island and provide protection from storms. As Grand Cayman grows there is increasing pressure on these natural resources and so it is important that growth and development is balanced with protection of the natural environment.
The tourism and the financial services industries have driven the economy for decades and have been central to the success of the islands. These industries need to be supported by providing the necessary facilities and environment for them to prosper. Stable economies also need diversity and so other emerging economic sectors, such as health care and high-technology, should equally be encouraged and supported.
Great communities have attractive and comfortable places where people can meet, interact, relax and enjoy themselves. Grand Cayman has some great places with these characteristics but too many of our streets and public spaces lack the quality and character that should be expected.
Grand Cayman has grown and developed around the automobile and the vast majority of trips around the island are made by car. This dependence on private vehicles contributes to congestion, decreases air quality and negatively impacts health. Safe and appealing alternatives are required, such as public transportation, walking and cycling. If properly planned and supported these forms of transport can be enjoyable, non-polluting and efficient.
How we got here…
The starting point for PlanCayman is formed by the goals and objectives that you have identified during the public outreach programmes of previous Development Plan reviews. Please see the History of Cayman’s Development Plans. These goals and objectives have been compiled into the National Planning Framework.
The previous outreach programmes and documents consulted include, but were not limited to:
THIS DEVELOPMENT PLAN REVIEW IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO GUIDE THE FUTURE OF GRAND CAYMAN.