What Site Development Plans Entail

Site development plans form an integral part of site planning. These drawings depict the features and details of the proposed development on the property. In essence, the plans are graphical representations of a proposed development which include the arrangement of the landscape features and structures. Site development plans are detailed plans drawn to scale which show the exact dimensions of buildings and structures, layout of the site, limitations on usage, heights, structure elevations, drainage, access roads, and more. Site development plans must be drawn up and submitted to the relevant municipal office for approval before the developer can commence with the erection of any structures on a site. The requirements of the site development plan are stipulated by the specific municipality. Making use of an experienced town planning consultancy group, such as The Practice Group for the drafting and submission of site development plans, holds the benefits of: • A site development plan draughted in accordance with the required regulations. • The submission of a site development plan by experts, familiar with the procedures. • Experts providing the developer with guidance regarding zoning and regulations. • Co-ordination between the engineer, surveyor and architect to ensure compliance. The site development plan has to be approved prior to approval of building plans by the relevant authority. A draft site development plan has to accompany an application for land use rights in support thereof. After a municipality accepts a draft site development plan and approves the application for land use rights a formal plan is submitted as part of the building plan approval process. A building plan will only be approved if...

Due Diligence Investigations for Property Investors and Developers in South Africa

Investors, developers and overseas property developers interested in purchasing commercial property or wanting to buy agricultural land with the purpose of developing such into a residential estate, golf course, resort or retail centre benefit from our expertise in town planning and property due diligence investigations. We assist private and corporate clients with extensive property portfolios in the analysis of their property portfolios to determine which properties have development potential. Where a client wants to develop a property for a specific purpose, there are zoning restrictions, environmental regulations and regulatory compliance factors to consider. This is where our assistance with due diligence investigations is exceptionally beneficial. We conduct in-depth due diligence investigations to assess the compliance levels before the corporate client commits to the purchasing of the relevant property through an official offer to purchase agreement. This helps the client to make an informed decision and thus plan their development and investment portfolio accordingly. Such due diligence investigations furthermore help to assess whether the specific property meets the development requirements of the client, which encumbrances exist and whether such can be removed. The investigations can be completed before the purchase or for properties already form part of the client’s property portfolio. The relevant local authorities land development policies such as Spatial Development Frameworks, existing usage of the property, land surveys, improvement plans, notices pending, service contracts, servitudes, planned developments in immediate proximity of the property, possible public objections, current structures, water drainage, water supply, access routes and the title deed restrictions are reviewed. Depending on the nature of the proposed development, due diligence investigations are often conducted in conjunction with...

What Does Site Development Planning Entail?

Site development planning entails the drawing to scale of plans to illustrate proposed development of a subject property. Such plans include details regarding the total footprint of structures, location of structures, designs, layouts for particular utilities, public access, and control over drainage, existing and planned vegetation, lights, landscape features, street layout and more. The preliminary stage of site development planning entails plans drafted according to the standard engineer scale used by the city council or municipality. The site plan identifies the current uses of adjacent properties within a specific perimeter. It also indicates any activities that may affect the site development of the subject property. The plan provides full details regarding right of way, public roads, sidewalks and any driveways. The current structures are described and their status indicated. Such status indications reveal whether the structures are occupied, vacant, and if occupied – then the main activities used for in addition to details regarding the architectural style and building materials used. The plan also shows floodplains, existing drainage structures and slopes. The vegetation pattern and required preservation are indicated along with the current land use zoning. The site development plan furthermore needs to indicate the proposed development of the subject property including future placement of structures, their architectural style and materials used in construction, driveways, possible noise generation through loading docks or perhaps generators, the proposed drainage and service layouts. The plans also indicate the distance from borders and no building lines, in addition to servitudes. The site development planner indicates the elevation of the buildings in addition to colours and main uses. The elevation drawings are done according...

Town Planning in Pretoria – Explanation of Terminology

As an established town planning, Pretoria-based company, we offer a full range of urban, regional and town planning services. These services are offered countrywide though our head office is located in Pretoria. We’ve briefly explained some of the town planning terminology to help you gain a better understanding of the services we offer. Coverage It describes the total area that will be affected by the erection of a building structure on a particular property space. The word is mostly used in land use scheme applications regarding the total footprint of all the building structures on a subject property. The coverage is often depicted in percentage. Density The term is used to describe the maximum dwelling units allowed per hectare of subject land. If the density is set at maximum 1 dwelling unit per 1000m2 then you will not be allowed to add a second dwelling on the same space. Line of No Access This is normally a line on the boundary of a property to which there may not be any access routes directly from an external road. Such lines are often found where properties border national roads within a specific municipal area. Rezoning The word refers to the process of amending provisions or the entire land use scheme to have specific land use restrictions removed or changed for a particular property. Site Development Plan The SDP as it is often referred to, is the plan used in a land use scheme to show the proposed development for a particular property. The plan shows the location of buildings, access routes, landscapes, building lines, parking areas, and servitudes. The SDP...

Spatial planning and land use management act, 2013: The act, the regulations and the by-laws A trilogy of potential complications

1. The act, regulations and municipal by-laws SPLUMA as an Act was placed on the Statute in August 2013 subject to a proviso that all or parts of the provisions of the Act would come into operation at a later date by the publication of a notice in the Government Gazette under the hand of the President. The Regulations to SPLUMA were promulgated on 1 July 2015. Constitutionally, Municipalities are authorised to prepare and adopt by-laws to give effect to their various responsibilities within their areas of jurisdiction. This includes a by-law pertaining to spatial planning and land use matters, as would be contemplated in SPLUMA. Based on a number of court judgements dealing with this matter, there appears to be general consensus that all municipalities will eventually prepare and adopt by-laws with regard to spatial planning and land use matters, which by-laws will have to align with the principles enshrined in SPLUMA and its Regulations. The various provincial governments are in the process of preparing “model” by-laws in the form of a generic “template which may be used by individual municipalities to guide and inform the preparation and adoption of municipal specific by-laws. A number of the larger metropolitan municipalities are well progressed with having prepared draft by-laws. The SAACPP has been informed that the draft by-laws for municipalities such as the City of Tshwane and the City of Cape Town have indeed been “approved in principle” and will soon be published for public comment with a view to bringing such by-laws into operation. The municipal by-laws will essentially present as a municipal specific “SPLUMA”, providing for all...