The Development Plan utilizes text and graphics to set out policies that guide physical development and help manage growth. The general aim of the plan is to maintain and enhance the quality of life in the Cayman Islands by effectively directing development as to safeguard the economic, cultural, social and general welfare of the people, and subject thereto the environment.
The topics covered in the Development Plan are shown in the excerpt from the table of contents below:
Structure of the Plan
Fresh Water Supplies
Sewerage and Sewage Disposal
Other Material Considerations
Commercial Development Zones
Beach Resort/Residential Development Zones
Tourism Development Zones
Institutional Development Zones
Industrial Development Zones
Public Open Space Zones
Mangrove Buffer Zones
Agricultural Residential Zones
Scenic Coastline Zones
Historic Overlay Zone
Land Above Water Lenses
National and Community Parks
Subdivision of Land
A major component of the Development Plan is the Zoning Map, which ties land use to areas of the island graphically and dictates the types of structures that can be placed in those areas. The zones and overlays correspond to text laid out in the Development and Planning Regulations and the Development Plan that deal with minimum lot size, setback distances, maximum building heights and building site coverage, amongst other things.
The Development Plan only applies to Grand Cayman; however there is a set of Guidelines for Development Control in Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. These guidelines are appendices within the Development Plan Planning Statement document.
Accessing the DP 97 Documents:
Development Plan maps are available for purchase in three sizes:
All maps come with a copy of the Development Plan Planning Statement. Please contact the Department via phone (244-6501) or email to request your copy.
Development Plan Review:
When the next Development Plan review commences, information and updates pertaining to the review will be posted below here.