Integrated Development Planning

What is Integrated Development Planning and Why is it Important in South Africa? Integrated development planning is an approach followed by South African local municipalities to plan development in their specific areas. It is a new approach specifically developed to address the problems associated with towns and cities which were developed prior to 1994. Problems with the older development approaches are thus addressed through integrated development planning. The towns and cities of old were racially divided, and planning did not cater for the socio-economic needs of the poorer communities. The poorer sections of the population had to travel long distances to get to their places of work and had limited access to essential business services. There were also discrepancies in the levels of services delivered to the more affluent and poorer areas. Informal settlements developed sporadically during the period just after 1994. A new approach was needed to ensure that the future towns and cities of South Africa would accommodate the needs of the poorer communities as well. Integrated development planning is the new approach followed by municipalities to achieve the objective. With the new approach, the rural areas also receive essential services, in order to overcome the lack of such experienced in the past. Part of integrated development planning is the creation of a master plan called the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) for the long-term development goals of the municipalities. The plan aims to facilitate coordination between the various divisions and levels of government, in order to create a coherent plan for improvement of the quality of living for all residents in a particular municipal area. Integrated development...

Due Diligence Investigations

How Due Diligence Investigations Help You to Avoid Property Investment and Development Mistakes Whether you want to buy property with the purpose of developing it into a residential estate, a holiday resort, industrial precinct, or a hotel, you will benefit from making use of town planners to conduct due diligence investigations. Likewise, whether you want to build a community shopping centre, a private school, hockey college, or develop the land for daytime recreational activities, due diligence investigations will help you determine whether the property can be developed for the particular purpose. The due diligence investigations are particularly valuable if conducted prior to purchasing a piece of property, as such help to identify risks and opportunities associated with the particular property and purchase transaction. Whether you are an individual, part of a property consortium, first-time or experienced developer, or perhaps a consultant, you will benefit from the due diligence investigations performed by town planners. If you represent a property investment group, you will also benefit, as the town planners can perform due diligence investigations on all or selected properties in your portfolio to determine risks, opportunities, value, and potential. Armed with the information, you will be able to make informed decisions regarding the future of the properties. The investigations prior to purchase are conducted to determine compliance levels, before you have to commit to the property purchase. Indeed, the purchase offer can be made subject to a full due diligence investigation to determine whether the property meets your particular development requirements. Such investigations are also helpful in assessing which problems to address, and how long it will take to have...