Leonard Francis

Director, Spatial Planning Division of the National Environment and Planning Agency, Jamaica

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Leonard Francis is Director of the Spatial Planning Division of the National Environment and Planning Agency in Jamaica where he is actively engaged in the promulgation of several land use related documents such as the National Spatial Plan and Development Orders. . Mr Francis is a trained Environment and Planning professional with over 20 years environment and planning experience. He has conducted and supervised research in several areas including noise, the approval process, densification of the Kingston Metropolitan Area, urban development policy, sustainable development, restrictive covenants and on issues related to climate change. He recently attended the Regional Urban Policy Stakeholders Workshop in Barbados, the Caribbean Urban Forum in Belize and the Jamaica Bar Association Conference in Montego Bay St James  where he presented on Urban Governance and Management and the Impact and Challenges of Increasing Densities and Heights within the KMA of Jamaica and Restrictive Covenants respectively. He has been a guest lecturer at several professional events and universities and is a part time lecturer at the University of Technology in the Urban and Regional Planning Programme and the Real Estate Salesman course.

Mr. Francis possesses Masters Degrees in Planning and Business from the University of Ryerson, Toronto Canada and The University of the West Indies, Mona respectively. In addition, he also possesses first degrees in environment and planning, economics and management and a LLb. He was elected 2 years ago as a deputy convenor of the Caribbean Planning Association and is a member of several Boards/Authorities which includes the Negril and Green Island Local Planning Authority, Planning and Development Committee of the Urban Development Corporation, the International Centre for Environmental & Nuclear Sciences and Evans Early Childhood Institution.