Comprehensive & Coastal Zone Planning (CCZP)
The Division of Comprehensive and Coastal Zone Planning (also referenced as the Division of Planning) formulates long-range plans and policies, including the development of a comprehensive plan to properly guide and manage physical, economic, and social growth and development trends in the territory. The Division is also responsible for administering DPNR’s zoning map amendment, group dwelling, and subdivision processes; and for reviewing their effectiveness and appropriateness. The Division provides technical planning assistance to other divisions and departments by reviewing business license and earth change applications for zoning compliance and serves as a resource center for the DPNR, other government agencies and the general public; and is responsible for coordinating territorial planning activities and capital projects between the public and private sector.
To protect the physical environment while a sense of community value is expressed, all while continually providing top-notch customer service.
What We Do (see PowerPoint presentation CCZP Activities)
Zoning Laws – CCZP is statutorily responsible for continuously reviewing the effectiveness and appropriateness of the V.I. Zoning Law, and for making recommendations to the Legislature of the U.S. Virgin Islands for changes that are in concert with the General development Plan for the Virgin Islands. This includes the development and management of necessary zoning map amendments (rezonings and/or use variances) (Official Zoning Amendment Request Form_3_2015).
Land Subdivision – The Division of Comprehensive & Coastal Zone Planning is charged with the responsibility to review and evaluate all applications for land subdivision in the territory. (The division of a parcel of land into 4 or more lots…or, if a new street is involved, any division of a parcel of land. VIC, T. 29, Ch. 3, Subch. II, Section 273)
Group Dwelling Permits – CCZP administers and manages the USVI’s Group Dwelling Permit. Group Dwelling Permits allow residential development in the R-1 and R-2 zoned districts without having to go through the rezoning or subdivision processes
Business Licensing – Persons wishing to conduct business in the territory must first obtain zoning approval to do so. Title 29, Section 228 of the Virgin Islands Code grants the Department’s Division of Comprehensive & Coastal Zone Planning the authority to ensure that specific properties proposed for businesses are properly zoned for the intended businesses. Business license applications are online and can be applied for using https://secure.dlca.vi.gov/license/Asps/login/login.aspx
St. Croix Office
Leia Laplace, Territorial Planner, (340) 773-1082 ext 2241
Cristina Cruz, Administrative Assistant, (340) 773-1082 ext 2222
Kahdeem DeSouza, Planning Technician. (340) 773-1082 ext 2224
St. Thomas Office
Kelly Davis, Planning Technician, (340) 774-3320 ext 5182