(CMR) Multi-story commercial buildings and hotels can now use their rooftops for ancillary purposes, such as restaurants, pools, or gyms, following amendments made to the Development and Planning Act in Parliament last week.
A motion that sought the amendment to the Development and Planning Act (2021 Revisions), the Development and Planning (Amendment) Regulations, 2023 was moved by the Minister for Planning, Agriculture, Housing, Infrastructure, Transport & Development, Hon. Jay Ebanks, last week.
He said the purpose of the regulations is to promote the use of rooftop spaces on multi-story buildings in hotel and commercial zones. The motion was unanimously passed.
Minister Ebanks said, “We believe that this enhances the efficiency of the site by allowing ancillary features that may normally take up the site of other areas of the building to now be undertaken at rooftop level.”
He explained that things that would normally be on beaches or near the water can now be on rooftops while maintaining their appeal.
“Imagine the appeal of watching some of Cayman's world-famous sunsets on the roof of your hotel while dining. I certainly feel that there will be some breathtaking moments for locals and tourists to cherish,” Ebanks said.
He said this will also promote greater sustainability as more vegetation and greenery can be promoted.
The Minister, however, pointed out that under this amendment, the rooftops cannot be used for living, suites, or penthouses, only for ancillary purposes. He said the change was done in consultation with stakeholders in the industry.