What Drives Us

The development strategy for East Port of Spain, which derives from the Gap Analysis presented in Part 2, is essentially an urban regeneration/revitalization strategy. Urban Regeneration in East Port-of-Spain will:

  • Breathe new life into the area;
  • Achieve physical, social and economic transformation;
  • Create an attractive environment for investing, living and working in EPOS;
  • Establish and maintain partnerships with key stakeholders;
  • Identify and target strategic priority locations;
  • Redevelop derelict sites, vacant land and buildings and rehabilitate affected communities;
  • Nurture businesses and entrepreneurship

Development Framework

The survey and analysis of findings demonstrate that communities and settlements in East Port of Spain can be classified as follows:

  • Type A: Areas in good condition that require none or only cosmetic improvements and where existing land uses are compatible with each other and no topographical constraints to development exist (e.g. Morvant/ Coconut Drive, Belmont)
  • Type B: Predominantly residential areas of poor quality housing; inadequate provision of and/or poor quality physical infrastructure; inadequate provision of social and community services; poor layout and urban form (eg Success Village, Beetham Phases 1-3, Caledonia #2, St. Barbs)
  • Type C: Areas of informal settlement; insecure tenure; poor housing conditions; lack of physical and social infrastructure; steep slopes and rugged terrain (e.g. Marie Road/Romain Lands, Never Dirty, Beetham Phases 4 and 5)
  • Type D: Areas characterized by extreme decay, dereliction and obsolescence; poor infrastructure; mixed ad/or changing land uses; poor physical layout and form; poor structural condition of housing and other buildings; vacant sites and buildings (e.g. Besson Street/ St. Paul’s Street, Eastern Quarry/ Prizgar Lands, Picton, parts of Trou Macaque)
  • Type E: Vacant lands available for development
  • Type F: Steep and or unstable slopes that are currently undeveloped and watersheds that are critical for water supply and drainage (eg Marie Road/Romain Lands; Upper Belmont)

The Plan formulates development proposals that recognize and address various forms, characteristics and conditions in relation to the typology outlined above. The major elements of the regeneration strategy include:

  • Development of vacant land and infill sites throughout East Port of Spain for housing, employment activity and other uses that are compatible with their location and reflect the needs of the particular urban village in which the opportunity site exists (Type E).
  • Village Improvement and Rehabilitation of areas which are in need of different levels of upgrades to their housing stock and physical infrastructure; and provision of social and community services/facilities consistent with their position in the settlement hierarchy and to support creation of sustainable communities. These are areas where existing conditions facilitate improvement and land uses (Types A & B).
  • Comprehensive Redevelopment of obsolete and derelict sites to improve physical layout; install or upgrade physical infrastructure deficiencies; redevelop/develop sites for housing to increase densities in keeping with standards for high quality urban living; and to provide employment opportunities and commercial, social and community services (Type D).
  • Village Upgrading to rationalize layout and tenure in informal settlements; install and improve physical infrastructure; provide community services/facilities and improve the quality of the housing stock (Type C).
  • Conservation to protect and preserve the upper watersheds, revegetate slopes, avoid land/environmental degradation and minimize vulnerability to flooding and landslips/landslides (Type F).

The proposed development strategies are summarised here.