Urban Development Planning

How Agenda 21 Affects Modern South African Urban Development Planning Urban development planning must be done with due consideration regarding the effect of human settlement policies. Such policies cannot and should not be based only on physical and economic development considerations. It is essential to ensure adequate investment in the public environment with consideration in urban development plans for educational and health facilities, recreational spaces, police stations, and places of worship, etc. With the addition of the above, communities are more likely to participate in development of their own environments. The above being said, high crime levels affect human settlement and it is thus equally important to consider safety and security of citizens when conducting urban development planning. It is thus essential to address the issues of crime and violence on a national and local level. Government policies must be in place to ensure adequate policing and monitoring of safety. On a local level, community policing forums establishments can address crime experienced within communities. Another very important aspect of modern urban development planning is the adoption of the principles of Agenda 21. This is a programme of Action for Sustainable Development, which the United Nations adopted in 1992. The focus of Agenda 21, as pertaining to urban development planning, is to ensure sustainable development practices as related to social, economic and natural environment development. With such in mind, modern urban planning practices focus on the creation of integrated environments to ensure protection of natural resources, minimisation of the human footprint on the environment, and the creation of sustainable living and working environments. We can thus expect to see more...

Town Planning Consultancies

How Town Planners Can Help with Zoning Applications Entrepreneurs often desire to convert residential, agricultural or industrial properties into entertainment, business office, or retail spaces. However, before doing so they need to apply for rezoning of the properties to allow for the desired use. If a property is located in an appropriately zoned district it is easier. Town planning consultancies work with rezoning applications on a regular basis and are thus able to advice prospective property buyers on the zoning applicable to a particular property, and the process to follow to get the property rezoned for the applicable purpose. If the developer, for instance, purchases a small holding located in an area zoned for agricultural, entertainment, and tourism land usages then it will be easier to get the required permission and licenses to erect a guest farm, lodge, accommodation establishment or even a resort as opposed to a property located in an area zoned agricultural with permitted consent usage for applications only related to agriculture. We thus recommend seeking expert guidance from town planning consultancies, such as The Practice Group, before purchasing property for the usage thereof for a purpose other than what the zoning allows for. The due diligence process entails investigation regarding aspects such as access routes, requirements for upgrading of existing road infrastructure to handle the additional traffic and to ensure safe exits and entrances to the property, land usage in the immediate vicinity, whether the resources on the land are sufficient for the particular usage purpose, and more. We take a brief look at some of the aspects related to zoning below, giving you an...