Mission Statement

To develop and implement a comprehensive and integrated planning system that will establish the direction and framework for effective developmental planning and promote balanced growth and efficient resource utilization in achieving sustainable development on the island of Nevis. 


The development of a planning process, that ensures the sound development of land, safety of settlements, preservation and monitoring of valued environmental resources, and a planning system that is embraced by all.


At Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Environment we are committed to:-

  • Improve and maintain our stakeholder partnership.
  • Having good service relationships.
  • Continue to be courteous and responsive in our interaction with the public.
  • Strive to continually improve the manner in which we perform.
  • Having a sustainable approach to development.


  • Implement Forward Planning through the preparation of physical planning instruments and studies in the interest of promoting the sustainable use of land, to include environmental research, land use and zoning plans, physical development standards and guidelines.
  • Implement development control to provide guidance and development activities and methodology by ensuring their consistency and conformity with development regulation as well as approved planning standards and guidelines.
  • Co-ordinate the spatial planning function in government and devise strategies for implementing and integrated spatial planning system.
  • Promote policies, strategies and programs to enhance the protection, conservation and the sustained development and management of the island’s natural and environmental resources, including the monitoring of environmental quality, conservation and preservation of critical environmental areas.
  • Encourage compliance with national and international agreements that are binding on the island of Nevis.
  • Guide development applications to promote environmentally prudent use of land.
  • Provide a platform for which Geographic Information can be shared between government agencies, NGO’s and the public.

Historical conservationists voice concern over destruction of Slave Market wall in Charlestown

The issue of destruction of historical sites on Nevis has surfaced again with the recent destruction at the historical Slave Market site in Charlestown, prompting historical conservationists to voice concern over the incident.

NIA ministers Evelyn, Brand pleased with NHCS New River reforestation project

Hon. Eric Evelyn, Minister of Social Development and Culture, has expressed satisfaction with the Nevis Historical and Conservation Society’s (NHCS) New River Coconut Walk Reforestation Project in the parish of St. James’.

Department of Physical Planning notice for Oasis Investment Ltd. EIA

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (APRIL 01, 2016) — The following is a notice from the Department of Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Environment dated March 29, 2016 regarding Oasis Investment Ltd. Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).   The Department of Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Environment has received the Environmental Impact Assessment Report for the Oasis Investment […]

Beach Profiling Project relaunched by NIA’s Department of Physical Planning

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (OCTOBER 31, 2013) – A Beach Monitoring Programme, which allows the Nevis Island’s Administration’s Department of Physical Planning, Environment and Natural Resources to collect data from the main beaches on Nevis and assess the changes to the island’s coastline, has been re-launched.

Negative effects of illegal sand mining outweigh any social and economic benefits, says Nevis Director of Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Environment

NIA-CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (February 16, 2012) – The negative effects of illegal sand mining far outweighed any social and economic benefit that practice may have. That was the view expressed by Director of in the Department of Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Environment on Nevis Mrs. Angela Walters-Delpeche at a Sand Mining Symposium on February 15, […]

EIA for proposed Tamarind Bay Marina Development ready for public scrutiny

  Director of the Department of Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Environment on Nevis Mrs. Angela Walters-Delpeche CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (July 12th, 2010)  — The Department of Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Environment announced on Monday that the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the proposed Tamarind Bay Marina Development project at Jones Bay was available at […]

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