Modern Urban Development Planning

Challenges to Address in Modern Urban Development Planning Eco-friendly and sustainable urban development planning has become a priority because uncontrolled or poorly managed urban development causes damage to valuable natural resources, such as air and water. Any type of environmental hazard will also affect the community in the area, whether they work or live in the particular developed area. In order to preserve life and minimise the impact of economic and human development on resources and the environment, it is essential to address hazards and the management thereof already in the development planning phases. Such hazards range from chemical to physical and biological hazards. Examples of chemical hazards introduced by urban development include the gasses emitted by vehicles, fumes from open fires in townships, toxins released by industrial burning etc. Pathogens often found in water and wastes are forms of biological hazards, while physical hazards include vehicle accidents, crime and injuries in the areas where people work and live. The risks increase tremendously whenever there are overcrowding and poor sanitation It is essential to address waste management as to avoid air, water, and soil pollution. Urban planners today work with environmental consultants and other professionals in planning developments to address such hazards effectively. To minimise negative effects of human and economic development, it is important to address aspects such as: Sanitation Storm water drainage Sewerage Waste management Protection of environmentally vulnerable areas Prevention of overcrowding Provision of well-developed transport infrastructure Urban sprawl is one of the biggest challenges to the environment. Creating a balance is imperative to reduce the effects on the environment. When we talk about urban sprawl,...

The Basics of Land Use Management Applications in South Africa

The provincial and local municipal administrations handle land use management in their particular areas. They handle the application procedures, process the applications for rezoning, and handle consent provision, sub-division, title deed restrictions and township establishment applications. They also regulate enforcement of zoning scheme legislation, are responsible for zoning certificate issuing and the investigation of land use complaints. The town planner acts as representative of the client and handles such applications as mentioned above on behalf of the client. In essence then, the client doesn’t have to personally submit the applications and deal with the municipalities or provincial administrations. With the expertise that the town planners have and their regular contact with the municipal offices, they are able to help clients save time and money, whilst also helping them to avoid land use management related issues and pitfalls. The application forms for rezoning, sub-division etc. are obtained from the municipality and you will be required to submit documents in support of your application for approval. A range of fees is payable before final approval can be given. You will receive an application number, which will become your reference number when enquiring about the progress of the application. You will also need to publish notifications of your intent in the government gazette and local newspapers, as well as notify your neighbours of your intent to, for instance, sub-divide a property, by means of registered letters. Affected parties will have a specific period in which they can lodge objections to the proposed changes in zoning and so forth. Once the application has been acknowledged as complete, it is circulated amongst the relevant...

Town Planning Consultancies

Overview of Zoning and Sub-Division Application Processes in South Africa Town planning consultancies, such as The Practice Group, provide a wide range of services to the public, including assistance with zoning applications, subdivision, land reconciliation, and sectional title registration. The basics of zoning and rezoning applications are briefly discussed below, helping you to understand how town planning consultants can be of assistance with the processes. Applying You need to apply for rezoning of a piece of property if the usage allowances on the property do not make provision for what you want to do on the property. You will need to apply for such at your local municipality and it entails submission of supporting documents and payments of fees. Going the route on your own can be a daunting task, it is therefore recommended that you seek professional guidance from a town planner. Zoning Zoning determines the land use rights for a particular property. If it is an agricultural property lying in a zone only allowing agricultural related activities, you cannot use it for the purpose of a commercial resort unless rezoning of the property has been done. The rezoning process entails the submission of a detailed report, which includes plans and your motivation for rezoning, the advertising of the application in the government gazette and a local paper giving the public notice of your intention and the opportunity to lodge any objections. The town planning division of the municipality considers the objections, your plans and motivations. The final approval lies with the provincial and council committees. Sub-Division If you want to divide a piece of property into two...