Diane Holowesko-Dunkley has stepped down as chairperson of the Town Planning Committee, and former Bahamas Bar Association Real Estate Committee Chairman Adrian White is set to take up the position, Guardian Business can confirm. This paper understands that White could be formally confirmed this week.
An email from Holowesko-Dunkley to Town Planning Committee members confirmed that the two-year chairman has decided to pass the torch.
The committee was put in place to pull public opinion into how development is allowed to be carried out throughout The Bahamas.
And while the committee has been integral in engaging Bahamians on developments, it has also been criticized in some instances by developers.
Last year after having a months-long stop order placed on his plans to develop an office complex near Lyford Cay, businessman Sebas Bastian received confirmation from the Town Planning Committee to start construction.
The confirmation came a week after Bastian’s attorney, Alfred Sears, QC, wrote to Minister of Public Works Desmond Bannister alleging that his client was being discriminated against and threatening to sue the government if the matter was not resolved within seven days.