Town Planning Consulting

How Town Planning Consultants Can Help with Zoning and Property Purchases The Practice Group offers expert town planning, consulting, and related services to private individuals, developer groups, corporate entities, and municipalities in South Africa. One of the many topics we provide consulting services on is that of rezoning, as well as subdividing a property. As town planning consultants, we handle the processes on behalf of clients, helping them to avoid costly pitfalls. But, let us look at zoning and how it affects property. In essence, zoning governs the land usage rights on a particular property. City planners, along with key stakeholders, decide on zones for particular land usage such as industrial, commercial, residential, and mixed usage. If you want to run a commercial business in a residential area, you first need to make sure that the property is zoned for business usage. If not, then you must apply for rezoning of the property, which can take anything from a few months to two or three years to complete, depending on the particular situation. Likewise, you may have bought property and now want to sub-divide the property in order to sell the one part. However, you cannot simply draw a new border and then hand in a sub-division application. There are many factors to consider and the correct procedures must be followed. For one, it is important to understand that there may be restrictions such as the minimum size of a piece of property. In addition, access to the property must be ensured. Building lines and the likes must also be considered. If you want to buy a piece of...

City Planning South Africa

Introduction to the Development and Current State of City Planning in South Africa A brief introduction to city planning in South Africa is provided to give some insight into the urban and town planning consultant’s role in the country, in addition to the need for a new approach to city planning to cater for rapid urbanisation. What is Urban Planning? City planning entails the calculated arrangement of the spatial surroundings with the aim of creating order where otherwise chaotic or sporadic human settlement would have taken place. The science of city planning, also relating to South Africa, entails deciding the order in which it must be done and what tools should be used to ensure orderly development. South African city or urban planning is mostly based on the British urban planning models. This type of urban planning is considered modernistic or contemporary in its approach. The main focus of such planning is to order physical elements, rather than considering the importance of cultural and social factors. With this approach, the government has the responsibility to control the spatial order and structure development. However, the current situation of informal settlements developing sporadically, infrastructure limitations, and the current environmental impact of urban sprawling require a new approach in South African city planning to ensure the sustainability of practices. Modern planning should make provision for large-scale of urbanisation and the rate at which it takes place. It must take issues such as poverty, long distances from home to work, community participation needs, health and safety, as well as the focus on climate change into consideration. The planning should focus on creating healthier,...