Photo courtesy of NASA.
The Planning Applications Review Team [PART] has launched an online survey to “gauge our community’s awareness, interest, and concern regarding protected areas in Bermuda.”
A spokesperson said, “The Planning Applications Review Team [PART], is an alliance of environmental advocacy groups and individuals that came together in 2019 due to concerns regarding the effectiveness of land protective zonings in The Bermuda Plan. Development in Bermuda seems to be at an all-time high which is having an impact on all conservation lands, including agricultural land.
“To gauge our community’s awareness, interest, and concern regarding protected areas in Bermuda, PART has created a poll which the public are invited to complete. It is anonymous and the information shared with us will guide our work to inspire and promote reasonable and sustainable development solutions.
“Bermuda’s total landmass is less than 13,500 acres and continues to be under significant development pressure. The Bermuda Plan [which is updated approximately every 10 years] seeks to provide for sustainable long-term development by balancing economic, environmental and social needs.
“However, PART’s impression is that the balance has tipped toward development, at the expense of environmental protection. The NASA image accompanying this release really highlights what we are trying to convey, the spread of development in Bermuda.