Town Planning South Africa

Planning to Convert Your Residential Home into a Commercial Property? Town planning in South Africa has to be done within the framework of the overall spatial development plans, urban and regional planning strategies and that of the land use management laws. Even if you just want to start a business from your home that is based in a residential area, you will probably need the expert guidance and assistance offered by town planning specialists. Take, for example, how a seemingly straightforward process of opening a home office can actually become a rather complex process. Say you would like to open a lifestyle consultancy business or perhaps a tax consultancy office at your home. At first, you run the business from a spare room in the house, but the room soon becomes too small. You have hired staff and they need space. You want a reception area, kitchen, and copier room. In addition, you need more parking spaces for the staff and clients. You decide to buy a new house where you can move to and convert your entire existing home into a business office. There is just one snag – the house is located in a residential area that is not zoned for commercial operations. In order to operate the business from the premises, you now need to apply for a rezoning certificate for the property that will allow you to have the house converted into a full business premises. This can often be a time-consuming process and the business of how to go about in applying for the zoning. Fortunately, town planning experts in South Africa like The...

Urban and Regional Planning

The 2030 Vision for Urban and Regional Planning in South Africa The National Planning Commission recently released the 2030 development plan for South Africa and urban and regional planning strategies are now changing to make the vision come true. With South Africa being a country on the greater African continent, development must reflect the vision for better integration into the global economy. Carbon emission management, sustainable land usage, improved well-being of the citizens of the country and infrastructure to support the overall strategy are elements now deeply embedded in the modern urban and regional planning practices of the country. The NPC was established in 2010 with the responsibility for drawing up a national plan according to the vision for 2030. Urban and regional planning strategies and goals form part of the overall national plan. The NPC acts as an advisory to the government and consists of experts in their respected fields. They drafted and released the Diagnostic Report in 2011. The report detailed the achievements since 1994 and the areas in which improvements are still needed. It also highlighted how lack of policy implementation has affected development with various areas still needing attention such as infrastructure development and maintenance, uneven distribution of public services and the need for sustainable practices regarding the limited resources of the country. With changing demographics, urban and regional planning must be adapted to cater for the lower birth rate, increase in people from other countries, higher demand for jobs and increased need for public services. According to the NPC’s findings, large-scale urbanisation is taking place in line with what is happening around the world....

Due Diligence Property Development

Why Due Diligence is Needed for Property Development Never buy vacant or developed land for the purpose of property development unless you have performed due diligence to establish whether the property can indeed be used for the purpose intended. The due diligence process performed by town planners in conjunction with other professionals such as real estate agents, land valuers, lawyers, and surveyors can help you save unnecessary expenses. The due diligence property development checklist is comprehensive and though you may perform many of the assessments without professional help it can be a time-consuming process. Omitting detail can mean the difference in making a profit or losing your money because of the wrong investment. The general factors to assess include the property description, whether there is a land claim on the property, current ownership and compliance with municipal regulations. It also includes determining the borders of the property, reviewing whether municipal rates and taxes are up to date, establishing the exact size of the parcel of land and, if available, reviewing the initial environmental impact study. Professional town planners can help you obtain relevant maps such as zoning, street and flood plain maps in addition to road network plans, plans for development of the surrounding area, the master plans and soil maps. They will also conduct the boundary survey and assess which community amenities are nearby and whether there are any wetlands or conservation areas surrounding the parcel of land. You will furthermore benefit from getting a topographic survey, soil analysis, information about the municipal levies and aerial photos or video of the property and surrounds. The zoning of the...