Serrana developers seek to expand NWP project

| 17/01/2022 | 35 Comments
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(CNS): Elvis Ltd and Vista Development, the owners and developers behind the Serrana condo project on North West Point, West Bay, are seeking to modify the planning permission they already have to increase the site layout, to revise and increase the floor area by 1,538.27sqft and increase the floor elevation, as well as add three hot tubs, an open roof deck and solar panels.

The project remains controversial as several neighbouring landowners continue to argue that they were never notified about this development in the first place. They also say that the area was re-zoned without public consultation and that the Central Planning Authority had ignored the advice of the Department of Environment to deny permission to modify the shoreline or reduce the oceanfront setbacks.

Since the work began, little has happened to improve the concerns of neighbours, who have submitted objections to the latest application to increase the overall size of the development.

According to the latest correspondence from objectors, construction in the allowed zone has become a public nuisance. Neighbours have recorded reckless practices on the site, and they are urging the CPA not to approve any further work until a review of the site operations and adherence to existing approvals has been reviewed.

Even though this project was approved almost two years ago, the objectors state that they have still not seen the notification that was supposed to have been circulated to landowners in 2019. But that concern has been surpassed by the impact the development has had on the lives of neighbours, who say that work has taken place, sometimes at weekends and late into the night, to fill in the ironshore and build a sea wall.

The objectors have told the CPA that construction workers shout all day long, sometimes into the evening when they socialise at the site after work.

They complained of industrial lighting at night, including during the past turtle nesting season, and evidence of pollution in the marine park. They say no screens have been used to prevent dust and silt and that agreements with neighbours about trees that had to be removed to fill in boundary lines have not been met.

And during Tropical Storm Grace a badly anchored shed on the site flew over the wall and damaged a parked car on an adjacent property. Given all of this, the neighbouring landowners say no approval should be given to further infringe on their privacy.

The CPA is expected to consider the application on Wednesday. According to the meeting agenda, despite the catalogue of concerns surrounding this development, the only issue listed by planning for consideration is that the rear setback from the road is too short and the board needs to assess if there are exceptional circumstances and sufficient reasons to grant a variance.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    PACT has been infiltrared with politicians controlled by the same master$ who controlled Alden’$ UNITY gpovernment.

    The few PACT that want to govern for the benefit of us Caymanians are in the minority, impotent and incapable of delivering good governance.

    It matter$ not to the controllers who are elected, because the politicians are greedy, always needing money $$$ they are cheap to buy and easy to control. We see how for a few $$$ their campaign trail statements were designed to give comfort to the foolish electors who have no way to hold them accountable.

    Time to name and shame the PACT SELLOUT UNITY BETRAYERS!

  2. Anonymous says:

    The island is being cleared of its natural vegetation more and more literally every single day of the week to pave the way for multimillion dollar luxury homes and condominiums. Native creatures are losing their homes so that the wealthy can have theirs.

    There will come a day when we look back at the concrete jungle we have inherited and have no one to blame but ourselves.

    The developments are spreading into areas that just a few years ago we all thought would be protected, and yet, developers are destroying the iron shore with concrete, and now there are plans for a multimillion dollar development in the protected marine park in Little Cayman.

    • Faceman says:

      There was no vegetation on this property

      • Anonymous says:

        9:32 PM are you sure, I don’t think you know what you saying, no vegetation, had to be some kind or another.

    • Anonymous says:

      When will the Government aay enough is enough, no more Hotels no more condo’s. Cayman have enough now, also have enough people here. People is running from people and coming here and making here like where they running from. 25 or 30 years ago here was a lot better place to work and live period. No place in this world that’s over populated the living conditions are good.

  3. Anonymous says:

    A vast improvement to West Bay. Most of West Bay is a series of unkept, poorly maintained residences, with junk laying around in yards, no sidewalks.

    There are a few nice properties, but most of West Bay is a complete trash of a neighborhood.

    Have any of these commenters driven around inner West Bay lately? It is a complete embarrassment of owners/renters with apparently no pride. You dont need to live in multi-million dollar properties, but for god’s sake, how about some cleanliness or upkeep even on modest properties!

    Sorry, but its true. And most of you know it.

    • Anonymous says:

      Successive administrations have been content to let it and their constituents rot.
      That still doesn’t give a project like this carte blanch to openly flout the law and cause nuisance.
      Cayman deserves better.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yawn 🥱, super Yawn 🥱, mega Yawn 🥱…..don’t let the aircraft door hit your ass on the way out…etc…etc..

    • Fed up Caymanian says:

      How about you take your opinions and your backside back to where you came from

  4. Anonymous says:

    Another 9 storey development coming soon on NWP, past the new Dolphin Point. NWP is the new ‘gold coast’.

    • Anonymous says:

      More natural vegetation and native animals losing their habitats so the wealthy can have their luxury homes. Mother Nature will smite us for this in due time.

  5. Anonymous says:

    It will all be approved! Wayne Panton said “Curbing Development will not increase sustainability….”or some crap like that! He also said development will be one of the primary revenue earners

    Approval is a given!

    Sick up and fed NWP resident!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Vista Development & their management are extremely qualified and capable people, they only do super quality work. Why do you cry babies always pick on the people who provide us with these quality developments and great jobs.

    • Anonymous says:

      8:47am Apparently you did not read the article about the ‘super quality’ work that has been going on there…
      Why did you bother to comment?
      Sh!t stirring at its finest.

    • Anonymous says:

      This message sponsored by Vista Development

      • Anonymous says:

        The principal of Vista is a great builder who has done many, many high quality projects. There is a grand estate of 3 houses that they did right on the same road which is of great quality. You must be jealous!

        • Anonymous says:

          The same one in which the ceiling fell out within a month of being completed because the shower above was not constructed and sealed properly and therefore leaked water to below?

          • Anonymous says:

            So what, they keep the jobs below budget and ahead of schedule. They used to be main staff for Decco!

        • ol timer says:

          @ 18/01/2022 at 11:50 am
          @ 18/01/2022 at 8:47 am
          Either you’re new to the island, you work for them or you are them! Their work has always been shoddy at best.

        • Fed up Caymanian says:

          You must be a foreinger

    • Anonymous says:

      Read the article, dimwit.

    • Anonymous says:

      8.47, please say you are being sarcastic.
      If you look at the people involved and development history..nuff said.

    • Anonymous says:

      As a former employee of Vista Development, I can assure you this is not true

  7. Anonymous says:

    Good luck, Little Cayman.

    • Anonymous says:

      They are going to need it. The developers and real estaters surely have designs on it and the Brac

  8. Darlene Glidden says:


  9. Anonymous says:

    Where is my ‘Approved’ stamp? Here it is. What a sight this place is know. What the hell is that down by Harbour Heights?

  10. Anonymous says:

    Don’t worry Ian and useless Planning Board will pass this too..

    Why the hell Jay won’t clean up this board is beyond me? Might as well bring back AL’T.

    • Shacka banks says:

      ….come on a Newby MLA changing one of, if not the most powerful and important boards.

      Legalize the herb will happen quicker.

    • Anonymous says:

      11:08 what exactly is wrong with the current planning board? Seriously!! Everyone is pointing fingers but not paying attention to the fact that it’s the LAWS and REGULATIONS that need changing, not the damn boards. Wake up !!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Let me guess …. yes this is an exceptional circumstance, and yes – they will be granted the variance. Anyone taking bets?

    • Anonymous says:

      @10:35pm..Ian Pairdeau know owns the rubber stamp that ALT used to have..

      Jay doesn’t realize the Ian was, and probably still is a PPM member and Handel will always be accountable to DART.

      Alden has his plants throughout the PACT government. The sooner they realize this and start making some changes particularly on this board and especially the Chairman and deputy chairman, the better.

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