The government of Saint Lucia has appointed Ignatius Jean as the Chairperson of the Development Control Authority (DCA). The DCA, which falls under the Hon. Stephenson King, the Minister for Infrastructure Ports, Transport, Physical Development and Urban Renewal, is responsible for managing, regulating and approving property development in accordance with government policies.
The DCA under the last administration came under heavy public criticism for its handling of the construction of a building at the base of Saint Lucia’s iconic Pitons. Many considered it a desecration of the Pitons and demanded that the works be stopped. This was followed by another controversial Cabot land development project, which was rightly accused of restricting beach access among other issues, never mind the developer’s placated but less than desirable plans to provide public access to the beach.
It would be interesting how the new Chair and his Board deal with those two issues, which remains matters of public concern. Hopefully, Mr Jean, who is no stranger to the DCA, having served as its Chair for two years, 2014-2016, will be able to deal with those issues very early during the life of his chairmanship.
Mr. Jean has served on the Boards of several Statutory Institutions, including the Board of the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) and is the current Chair of the Board of Directors of Caribbean Agriculture and Research and Development Institute (CARDI). He was also a former member of Parliament and Minister for Physical Development, Environment & Housing (2002-2004), making him a desirable choice for the job at hand.
Mr. Jean, a graduate of St Mary’s college, holds a M.Sc. degree in Agricultural Management and a Post Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Economics from the University of Reading, UK. He has completed several continuing education programmes, including Utility Regulation and Strategy at the Public Utility Research Centre (PURC) at the University of Florida and has Certificates in Applied Project Management, Executive Management and Leadership and Development Diplomacy.
Mr Jean was appointed to his new position on August 20th in accordance with section 61 of the Physical Planning and Development Act, Cap 5.12 for a period of two years.