The Planning and Development Department (PDD) has the responsibility for the orderly and progressive development of Barbados. In an effort to meet this challenge and to ensure that development is sustainable, the department uses the Physical Development Plan as a broad administrative policy tool to chart settlement, growth patterns and the allocation of land to various uses. However, this document is not the sole determinant of the decision making process.
The Director is also required by statute to consult with various agencies of government in an effort to ensure that the best possible information is obtained at all times to enhance the decision making process. This multi-disciplinary approach to the planning process embraces the dynamism which is required to make the best informed and rational decision. Land use planning in a small island developing state is challenging. In Barbados, the challenge becomes greater when the density of the population is factored into the equation.