Integrated Development Planning

Integrated Development Planning What is Integrated Development Planning? Integrated development planning is a participatory approach used by planners to integrate various strategies including sector, spatial, fiscal, institutional, social, economic and environmental in support of the best allocation of resources in development planning. The purpose is to attain sustainable growth, equity, and empowerment of marginalised and poor communities. Integrated development planning (IDP) is therefore an important tool for sustainable development and forms the basis of modern municipal management as part of the system for planning and delivery. It provides direction for decisions and activities of municipalities according to the terms of the Local Government:  Municipal Structures Act of 2000. IDP allows for the identification of the most important development prospects and the formulation of clear vision, mission, goals and values, as well as strategies. IDP includes an analysis that forms a key component in the process to assist municipalities understand their internal structure and operations, which gives them a solid basis from where they can manage change to attain the vision of the future development. The analysis thus includes an assessment of the staff make-up, deployment, structures, and the financial status, as well as culture, in addition to analysis of other factors. Through the IDP approach, resources and needs are matched and communities are involved in the identification of priorities to ensure optimal matching of the said resources and needs. This makes provision for the development of alternative service delivery vehicles, which can include partnerships between private and public entities. The IDP follows a holistic approach and all projects, forming part of the plan, are designed specifically to address the...

Township establishment & Development Overview

Township establishment & Development Overview Township establishment is a complex process of converting land into residential, commercial or industrial properties. Various specialists and professionals work together and provide their input including for instance, the likes of township and urban development planners, environmental consultants, engineers, surveyors, lawyers, property specialists and financial advisors. The professionals each bring their expertise to the table to ensure that safety, sustainability, socio-economic and environmental aspects are taken into account and development is done in compliance with the relevant regulations. It is a time consuming process and careful planning is required to minimise delays, which could lead to higher development costs. At the same time, the entire process must be thorough and must take various effects into consideration. With such in mind, intensive research and investigation must be carried out prior to the lodging of the application for township establishment. The feasibility of the project must be investigated with consideration of all the factors and consequences of the project. It is essential for the developer to work with a professional team of township planners and environmental consultants, such as The Practice Group, in the identification and management of factors that will influence the project. This will help the developer to focus on the important resources to reduce the risk of under budgeting or overrunning the planned budget because of delays that will lead to financial losses and the risk of complete project failure. Township establishment and development entail several phases, which can roughly be divided into: Idea or concept –where the developer identifies land suitable for the type of development in mind or investigates possible development...