Town Planning Consultants South Africa

What You Must Do to Change Your Residential Property Status to Business Something as seemingly straightforward as opening a business at home can become a nightmare of red tape if not approached the right way. This is where the expertise of town planning consultants in South Africa becomes exceptionally useful. Although you do not have to get a business trading license if you only use one room in your house and don’t employ other people, once the business expands you may need to hire staff, develop parking spaces, install signage and get more floor space. Though the next step seems logical – that of just adding another building to your property where your offices will be – it cannot be done unless the property is zoned for commercial office usage. The problem is that you live in a house that is in a residentially zoned area. Setting up offices on a property zoned as residential is thus not permitted. Before you can expand the business, which will mean more traffic to the neighbourhood, increased security risks, and changes to their environment, you must apply for the property’s rezoning. This takes time and will certainly add to your frustration level. Having said this, it still seems relatively straightforward, but remember that your neighbours have a say in all of it. Residents in an area not zoned for business often strongly object to rezoning. They fear the additional traffic, changing from a tranquil residential to a commercial area and then there is the problem of pollution from additional traffic, parking that has to be arranged, and the chances of hawkers and...

Urban Planning South Africa

The Importance of Urban Planning and Transformation of South African Cities Modern urban planning in South Africa is aimed at the development of sustainable living and working environments to address spatial imbalances such as people living far from their workplaces, which add to their living costs as their travelling expenses are high. With people having to commute over long distances to get to and from work, their time to relax, participate in recreational and sport activities, and spend time with their families are negatively affected. The issue also contributes to more traffic congestion, accidents, and pollution because of vehicle emissions. To address factors such as the above and aspects such as inner city decay and class-distinct communities, it has become important to change urban planning practices in South Africa. The government has initiated a policy for the design and development of more productive and inclusive urban areas that are properly governed. Though some changes have been made, progress in this regard is still limited. The South African urban landscapes are still very reflective of inequalities and though steps have been taken to improve the rate of transformation with public transport systems and housing projects, the government-funded housing projects also contribute further to the marginalisation of the poorer communities. These projects are still located far from the places of work, educational facilities, and health centres. Factors that still having negative effects on balanced urban and spatial development in South Africa include, but are not limited to: • Improper alignment of planning with the overall vision of balanced and integrated city developments. • Conflict in the local municipal plans and the...