Land Use Management & Rights of Traditional Councils Affected by SPLUMA

The Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act No 16 of 2013 (SPLUMA) provides the legal framework for allowable and preferred land use management and rights in South Africa. The Act provides the connection between spatial planning and planning that centres on land use management. It furthermore, amongst other functions, has as purpose to provide structure for the coordination and monitoring of land use management systems. The Act also acts as framework for addressing imbalances and to ensure proper uniformity in the way that applications must be done and reviewed by the relevant authorities. With the introduction of the Act, the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform gained the right to introduce regulations in relation to the Spatial Planning & Land Use Management Act and to give information regarding the implementation of the regulations. These Regulations, in accordance with the SPLUMA, were published in March 2015 with the law coming into full effect in July of 2015. The Act is important as it sets out the boundaries for developments and sets out the types of land uses and rights, which are allowed under the law. With the introduction of the Act many of the laws of the previous political time were repealed and more uniformity has been gained in the interpretation, application and implementation of developments. With the introduction of SPLUMA, however, the traditional councils have seen a reduction in their powers as related to land use management and rights. Accordingly, the traditional councils may only conclude service level agreements with the specific municipalities in which they are operational and may only perform the functions as agreed upon...

An Introduction to Municipal Planning within SA

This paper is aimed at providing a brief introduction to planning and particularly municipal planning in South Africa, with a view to giving new councillors an understanding of what planning entails, challenges experienced and their respective roles and responsibilities in this regard. It is not meant to be fully explanatory but is rather aimed at highlighting the different aspects of planning. Further reading is necessary if a greater insight is required, in this regard a suitable set of references are suggested for more information on the subject matter. Read More (adobe reader required)...

The Basics of Integrated Spatial Planning

Integrated spatial planning refers to the modern urban development strategies and approaches used to design and plan the distribution of people, facilities, infrastructure, spaces and activities in set regions. In simpler terms, it refers to the coordination and management of practices that influence spatial organisation. The approaches have originated in Europe, but are now widely used across the globe for the development of urban areas to ensure sustainable economic growth and to reduce the human and economic impact on the environment. Transport, land usage, environmental protection, housing and community planning form part of integrated spatial planning and take place on local, provincial and governmental level. Such planning is an administrative method, as well as policy that follow a comprehensive and integrative approach to ensure balanced development and organisation of spaces in support of sustainable economic growth and human settlement. The form of integrated spatial planning is specific to the country and region where it is applied. Features of integrated spatial planning include the minimisation of adverse impacts on the environment. With such, provision is made for conservation areas, places of special interest, landscapes and scenic regions. The modern approach to integrated spatial planning also takes world heritage sites, monuments and historical buildings into consideration, while the general wellbeing and quality of life of the communities within the spaces are considered. Improvement of life quality of communities is still central to the approach, while it also becomes imperative to improve the aesthetic appeal and comfort of the areas in which communities live. However, with an international focus on ways to counter climate change, energy efficient building design, transportation and resource...