Through the advocacy of its members and competent groups, The Jamaican Institute of Planners has developed expertise and experience in the following:
Workshops and Conferences
Under this organization a series of conferences and workshops were conducted. These included professionals and stakeholders from the region and international realm.
- Caribbean Urban Forum 2012: Planning to Achieve the Vision…Towards a Green Urban Economy (CUF 2012) in March.
- The Application of Urban and Regional Planning Tools for Sustainable Development, February 28, 2008.
- July 11, 1986- The Spatial Implications of Economic Development Policy
- In 1983, the Association hosted a sub-regional conference with the aim of promoting planning in the Caribbean. Another sub-regional conference for the Caribbean was organized by the Association in 1989.
During its early years the Association published a bimonthly newsletter for planners and the general public interested in planning matters. The newsletter which ceased publication in the 1980s was reintroduced in 1997 as PLANSCOPE, a quarterly publication.
Training and Research
The JIP has successfully implemented and managed training solutions for staff at Local Planning Authorities as well as training for its membership and allied professions. The Association sponsored a series of training seminars at the then Finance & Accounts Training College for local government staff on the development control process. The organization also conducted research activities instrumental in the decision making for the Negril Green Island Area Local Planning Authority.
JIP as an entity and through its membership have consistently guided and assisted in the development of planning education. The institute was instrumentally involved with the setting up of the Planning Technology course at the College of Arts, Science and Technology (CAST) now the University of Technology (UTech). The JIP maintained a close link with the programme at UTech. Through the assistance of JIP, UTech has moved from offering a diploma in Planning Technology to the delivery of undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in Urban and Regional Planning. To support this educational thrust the JIP has implemented an annual award that is granted to a final year student in the Urban and Regional Planning undergraduate programme, the JIP Most Outstanding Student (Academically) Award. The institute and its member have consistently helped to shape policy development in several sectors of the Jamaican society such as housing and social development (e.g. Operation PRIDE) as well as disaster management and urban development.
Community Outreach/Public Education
JIP has sensitized the public in several capacities on disaster management, energy conservation. In addition the institute has supported better neighbourhood concepts with other project sponsors.