The Jamaican Institute of Planners (JIP) represents the renewed mission of The Town and Country Planning Association of Jamaica (TCPAJ) which was inaugurated in February 1974 to raise the standards of planning practice and education in Jamaica, and the professional development of its members.
“To promote planning as a profession in Jamaica, protect the practice, create opportunities for members and advance the art and science of planning to guide the sustainable development of the country”.
The Goals of the Institute:
- To promote the sustainable development of regions, cities towns and neighbourhoods;
- To encourage the development of urban and regional areas in the best interests of the community;
- To establish and propagate sound planning principles and standards;
- To bring matters affecting Urban and Regional Planning to the attention of government, the private sector, public agencies, other professional bodies and the public in general.
In pursuing these goals the objectives of the Institute shall be:
- To advance urban and regional planning theory, education, training, research and practice;
- To disseminate knowledge and information on planning matters to the general public;
- To improve the knowledge of persons engaged or intending to engage in the profession of urban and regional planning;
- To protect the practice of the profession and to promote the welfare of those practicing it;
- To establish closer association with allied professions in Jamaica and with planners within the Caribbean in particular, and in the world in general.
As at August 2012 membership to the JIP stands at
- 150 members