Project Information

Title: Assessing Residential Development Density Patterns and Urban Growth Projections through 2030

Client: Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID), Iniciativa de Ciudades Emergentes y Sostenibles (ICES) – 2014

Project Description

Located on Jamaica’s northwestern coast, Montego Bay has primarily been known as a tourist destination; however, outside of the coastal resorts, it has an expanding residential population. In recent years, housing types and development patterns have been shifting from more compact urban growth to single family subdivisions. The primary sites for this growth have been in the hills surrounding the city, where it has encroached on green spaces and steep terrain. Divisions between economic classes are distinct, and often reflected in the density and type of development in each neighborhood. A housing density assessment was conducted across a wide range of recent developments, from informal settlements to large single family homes, in order to estimate future land use requirements under different policy and planning scenarios. Our evaluation of the future urban footprint provided critical inputs to the St. James Parish Council and national agencies on development policies and investment decisions.

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