Assistant Information Officer
Department of Information & Public Relations
The Town and Country Planning Department prepares to commemorate another World Town Planning and GIS Day, this Wednesday, November 16.The theme for this year is, “Planning is Not About Me Today, But for Us Tomorrow: Your Opinion Counts”.
The observance, jointly celebrated by theTown and Country Planning Department and the National Geographic Information Systems Committee, is designed with the purpose of educating the public on the planning and building requirements of the Territory, along with various real-world applications in the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) that are making a difference in the community.
Deputy Chief Physical Planner, Mr. Dylan Penn, pointed out that one of the main purposes of the World Town Planning and GIS Day, is to expose persons to the benefits of structured and sustainable planning.
Mr. Penn said, “The Physical Planning Act, states that it is necessary to advance and develop the cause of sustainable planning in the Territory, and I am confident that the use of GIS is doing exactly that;raising awareness particularly to the wider community.”
Additionally, GIS Officer, Mr. Troy Dawson shed some light on the benefits of the use of the GIS technology, and how persons involved in different fields can also see its value.
He stated, “The use of the GIS technology is a tool which can be used for the decision making of any developer, and this is one of the main uses we are trying to promote.”
The educational campaign is part of the department’s overall public awareness efforts to inform the population on proper planning and developing practices in accordance with the Planning Development Act, 2014.
The department is making a special appeal, for the community to take part in the opening ceremony to launch the event, scheduled for Wednesday, November 16 at the Breezeway of the Central Administration Complex. The exhibition display will take place on Thursday, November 17, in the lobby of the West Atrium,Central Administration Complex.
There will also be an informative GIS Radio Report interview with Deputy Chief Physical Planner, Mr. Dylan Penn and GIS Officer, Mr. Troy Dawson, to be aired on ZBVI 780 AM, on Monday, November 14 at 6:35 p.m. and re-aired on Tuesday, November 15 at 8:35 a.m. It will also be aired on radio station ZCCR 94.1 FM on Monday at 7:30 p.m. and ZVCR 106.9 FM on Tuesday at 12 noon.
PHOTO: GIS Planning Day Emblem
Sound bite # 1 voice of Deputy Chief Physical Planner Mr. Dylan Penn (TCP DP.mp3)
Sound bite # 2 voice of GIS Officer Mr. Troy Dawson (TCP TD.mp3)