Plan Implementation Strategies

The East Port-of-Spain Development Company will employ a series of strategies to achieve its Vision.
 

Strategy 1: Participation & People-Powered Planning

All citizens of East Port-of-Spain have an opportunity to participate in and influence decision-making and development actions

The following actions will be implemented:

  1. Establish Citizens Advisory Committees to address six critical sectoral issues (crime, housing, economic activity, environment, infrastructure, community governance)
  2. Establish an Intersectoral Roundtable comprising key stakeholders as a mechanism for on-going coordination and collaboration
  3. Prepare a Public Participation Policy for East Port-of-Spain for adoption by the Board
  4. Host a series of community consultations in each community
  5. Devise a Communications Strategy to disseminate information to residents and stakeholders
  6. Identify focal points in key agencies carrying out development in East Port-of-Spain

Strategy 2: Sustainable Development

Transform the economic, social and physical landscapes of East Port-of-Spain to create a network of sustainable communities in East Port-of-Spain in 15 years.

The following actions will be implemented:

  1. Create a network of Sustainable Communities - defined as those in which residents access adequate housing, social facilities, physical infrastructure, recreation, employment and commercial opportunities either within or close to their community without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs (Source: Vision 2020 – Regional Development and Sustainable Communities Sub-Committee).
  2. Extend and revitalise CBD functions eastward into EPOS (Downtown East District) from Charlotte Street to Piccadilly Street between Park Street and Independence Square South.
  3. Provide high density, compatible, mixed use urban development close to the Central Business District of Port of Spain and strategically located sites.
  4. Optimise use of valuable urban land and existing transportation links through development of high density and transit-oriented nodes close to major arterial routes leading into and out of the City.
  5. Establish or strengthen strategically located service nodes within each urban villages as a focus of social, community and commercial/employment activities.
  6. Provide barrier-free access to all citizens
  7. Develop and promote historic and cultural attractions
  8. Develop network of roads through EPOS linking communities and opening up the area to through traffic
  9. Provide infrastructure and facilities for efficient public transport systems that are appropriate to local conditions
  10. Identify and develop strategically located opportunity sites
  11. Redevelop ‘brownfield’ sites
  12. Create a 24 hour EPOS to ensure the area remains vibrant during daytime and at nights
  13. Improve access to and quality of physical and social infrastructure serving communities
  14. Environmental Management
  15. Formulate design guidelines and development standards to produce development projects that are consistent with the Vision for EPOS
  16. Establish Urban Incentives Programme to attract developers and projects that reflect the Vision
  17. Flexibility in the regulatory/planning systems to facilitate and encourage development

Strategy 3: Safe by Design

Use urban design concepts to reduce opportunities for crime

The following actions will be implemented:

  1. Design new communities with safety in mind
  2. Retrofit existing communities to reduce opportunities for crime
  3. Create a network of safe streets for pedestrian and vehicular traffic to encourage movement within and through EPOS
  4. Establish Community Policing Initiatives
  5. Install street lights throughout each community 
  6. Establish natural access control
  7. Create opportunities for natural surveillance in the design and location of communities and facilities

Strategy 4: Extreme Makeover

Re-imaging EPOS, Enhance public perception of East Port-of-Spain

The following actions will be implemented:

  1. Document and publish history and attractions of EPOS: highlight positive attributes of EPOS using all available media – Public Information/Education Programme
  2. Increase opportunities for social and economic interactions within EPOS among non-residents e.g. via cultural events
  3. Improve the social, economic and physical landscape and appearance of EPOS based on a sustainable community model (benchmarking/indicators)
  4. Redevelop properties along Eastern Main Road – a visible face of East Port-of-Spain and gateway to the City
  5. Create an environment in which people want to live, work and socialize
  6. Environmental Beautification Programme

Strategy 5: Economic Sustainability

Facilitate economic activity, job creation and investment and attract new businesses into East Port-of-Spain to stimulate economic growth, reduce unemployment and alleviate poverty.

The following actions will be implemented:

  1. Designate Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) in East Port-of-Spain
  2. Extend the Central Business District into Downtown East, extending from Charlotte Street to Piccadilly Street between Park Street and Independence Square
  3. Identify and make available suitable sites for development with necessary services and infrastructure
  4. Support the retention and expansion of existing businesses and encourage ventures based on strengths of East Port-of-Spain 
  5. Establish banking presence in EPOS
  6. Identify skills needs and expand skills training and job readiness programmes
  7. Provide opportunities for training to equip residents with required skills
  8. Establish a Business Incubator Programme to provide support, advice, information, access to resources and services to entrepreneurs
  9. Employ local human resources on projects in the area to build local capacity, encourage sustainability and ensure project support.
  10. Identify opportunities for community wealth creation utilising local talent, culture, the arts and other resources.
  11. Develop Marketing and Promotion Strategy

Strategy 6: Human Development

Achieve transformation through people centered development which recognizes that people are at the centre of the development process and that human development is the key to achieving and sustaining community revitalisation.

The following actions will be implemented:

  1. Design and implement the SportsPLUS Programme using sport as a tool for social and economic development, education, to encourage integration and build a culture of peace in  
  2. Provide and upgrade sport facilities and training programmes consistent with the SportsPLUS programme and the hierarchy of sport facilities detailed in the Plan
  3. Design and implement a Programme for Achieving Cultural Excellence (PACE) to promote a distinctive identity for East Port of Spain based on culture and the visual, performing and festival arts. The main components of the programme are:
  4. Establish a Community Relations strategy that facilitates community involvement, ownership and monitoring of development projects.