The Crown Lands Rectification Program, launched this week, marks a new phase of land administration and management in the Ministry of Physical Development, Housing and Urban Renewal.
According to Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Physical Development, Joanna Reynolds-Arthurton, under the Land Registration title project in the mid 1980’s, the government declared unclaimed land as Crown Land, until the contrary could be proven.
“While the Government of Saint Lucia is under no obligation to return those lands, the 2015 crown lands rectification policy was formulated to establish guidelines for the return of those lands to the previous owners. Over the years persons have applied to the land registrar under section 97 of the land registration act to have lands currently registered belonging to the crown returned to them.”
As a result, a need arose to establish a policy to ensure uniformity, transparency and fairness in the application process.
Minister for Physical Development, Housing and Urban Renewal, Sen. Hon. Stanley Felix said the new policy will foster economic development.
“I am extremely proud today to have championed this policy with the support of staff from my Ministry so that seemingly small steps with large implications may help to resolve land issues that will lead the people of Saint Lucia to growth and development.”
The program was launched at Orchid Gardens in Union, on Nov. 24.