What You Need to Know
Quatre Isle Act 2006. Under S16, every purchaser together with his dependants has the right to be designated as a permanent resident. Under S17 (3), a purchaser, together with his dependants, is deemed not to be resident or ordinarily resident for tax purposes. Nor is worldwide income subject to any tax. By S18, goods necessary for construction, operation, maintenance and proper functioning of services may be imported duty free. By S27 the Act came into force initially on 1 January 2007 and recently updated in 2014 for an additional twenty years certain, and may be extended again.
- Foreigners are required to apply to the government an “ALIEN LAND HOLDING LICENSE” for the purchase of a specific property by a specific owner and is non-transferable.
- The license can only be applied once a deposit has been placed on a property and the license process is being handled by a local attorney.
- The cost for registering the deed of conveyance is 10%, with the costs split equally between the buyer and the seller.
- The standard exchange rate for the EC Dollar is EC$2.68 = US$1.00 and may varies with other international currencies.
- The government, democratically elected and constitutional monarchy with Queen Elizabeth II as head of state, favors an investment climate with legislation and incentives in accordance with the Fiscal Incentive Act No.5 of 1982 to encourage investing, development, and tourism.
Eco Friendly Development
We encourage power on Isle a Quatre be by renewable energy. Our appreciation for the land we represent advocates conservation efforts. With an average of 7.6 daily hours of sunshine throughout the year, and the constant northeast trade winds, the island is ideally located to harness these natural energy sources. The use of the latest technology in photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, in tandem with state of art wind turbines, and power storage units should generate sufficient power to enable most development plans to be self sufficient. The combination of solar power, wind power and power storage will allow for the operation of desalination plants to produce water to the extent that water catchment is insufficient. Transportation by solar power is now becoming a possibility. An electric-motor catamaran taxi will ferry guests over the short water hop from Bequia to Isle a Quatre. Biodiesel or bioethanol from sugarcane may also be considered as fuels, especially for sea transportation.
The ultimate goal is to re-use and / or recycle 100% of waste. To this end, organic materials will be composted. The resulting compost will be used on the land for island-grown fruit and vegetables. Remaining materials will be fed to a small high tech modern incinerator. Glass and metal will be recycled. Each property will have its own package treatment plant for wastewater, which sends processed water to drain into groundwater, so nothing enters the ocean. “Grey” water will be recycled. Bathrooms, kitchens and pools will be designed and managed to ensure maximum water recycling.
Any structure built on the island should be required to meet a tropically-adapted version of the UK Code For Sustainable Homes meeting the maximum level of 6. This level exceeds the requirements of the US Platinum LEED Standard. The UK Code For Sustainable Homes Level 6 specifies the environmental performance of each building, including high levels of energy efficiency, renewables, and choice of materials. Reclaimed and recycled materials are encouraged to be used in construction. A package of technologies and suppliers can be made available to purchasers to aid their design process.
The island stretches from southwest to northeast and is almost two miles long from end to end. It narrows in three distinctive places to a minimum width across of about 820 ft. and at its widest point, about halfway down, it is 3215 ft. On the westward side, the leeward side, the coastline forms a gentle concave arc, at the centre of which is Bednoe Bay. The eastern, windward-side, is characterised by four distinctive bays each contained by a prominent headland.
The most westerly is Lagoon Bay with a sandy beach and fringed with palms. Moving east, the next inlet is Mahaut Bay, which is the smallest and most contained. Eastwards again, the largest and most spectacular of the bays, as its name suggests, is Grand Bay. This is a long wide sandy bay in roughly two parts. Here the sea is at its most turquoise and the bay is partly protected by outlying rocks and reefs. Finally the most northern bay is Soldier Bay, which is part sandy with the land sloping down to it gently and evenly. Each of the bays on the eastern side of the island is guarded by near shore reefs. These reefs not only make for good bathing and snorkelling, but are vital for the protection of marine habitats and maintenance of the white sand beaches and coastal waters in their pristine and clear condition.
The most distinctive feature of the island is its levels and contours. At the highest point, close to the centre, the island rises to about 450 ft above sea level (The Look-Out) with a second high point to the west, of about 400 ft. The fact that each of these points is only about 430 ft. horizontally from the sea itself, indicates the dramatic steepness of the land on the western side. In many places the drop ends with a vertical cliff into the sea. Indeed, this spectacular “corniche” extends three quarters up the western side from Pigeon Point northwards. Even beyond that there is a steep drop downwards to the sea below. From the high point of the north south ridge, the land slopes more gradually towards the beaches and bays on the eastern side. Noticeably there are ridges which extend out eastwards into the headlands separating the bays.
Natural drainage is good and there is no possibility of flooding. At Mahaut Bay there is a small area of swamp which receives the run off from the surrounding catchment area. The island is covered with dark silty clays and rock fragments. Geotechnical investigations show that the thickness of the soil varies between nine inches and five feet. Almost all of the island is covered with subtropical vegetation, scrub and small trees and also with larger mature trees concentrated near the beaches on the eastern and southern part.