Plexar Capital LLC has asked for environmental approval for a 152-unit resort in the Luba Hati area north of The Inn at Robert’s Grove. The proposed development would include 46 hotel suites; 15 beach residences; 100 meter (328-foot) pier in the Caribbean; semi-circular boating “canal” opening into the Placencia Lagoon; 13 spa residences; 36 garden residences; 16 island residences; 26 mangrove residences; numerous reflection and plunge pools; and assorted support facilities.
According to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the project, construction is planned to start in February 2008, and construction will require “the excavation of approximately 75,000 M3 of earthen material for canal development and land fill along the western side of the property.”
Potential negative impacts from the development identified in the EIA include loss of mangroves, increased effluent discharge into area waters, use of drinking water resources, an increase in the amount of garbage that will need to be treated at the Placencia dump and potential harm to manatees.
The EIA states that the positive impacts from the development will include the creation of 50-75 construction jobs, 50 permanent on-site jobs, and in excess of US$10 million in net foreign exchange per year “at full scale development.”
A copy of the EIA for this project may be downloaded from http://www.doe.gov.bz/EIAs.html or obtained from the Placencia and Seine Bight Village Council Chairmen.