Spatial Planning

The Connection Between Spatial Planning and Sustainable Land Use Management To understand how spatial planning relates to sustainable land use management, it is essential to understand the function of spatial planning. In essence, the latter is a function performed in the public sector regarding the distribution of land use activities in a particular geographical area. What Is Spatial Planning? It entails the organisation of spaces and the uses thereof. It is essential to create a balance between the demands for spatial development and the protection of the land in use. Social and economic objectives should be attained while using land effectively, as opposed to stripping the land or spoiling it for future generations. Spatial planning, if the right principles are followed, helps to improve quality of life and ensures sustainable economic and social development. It is a method whereby the public sector ensures the distribution of activities and people according to a plan (typically a Spatial Development Framework) for improvement in the organisation of the social, structural, and economic development of communities. It involves various disciplines and includes aspects of urban planning, transportation planning, and land use management. It can take place on various levels – local, national, or international. The focus of modern spatial planning is to encourage sustainable development. The latter is development that minimises the environmental impact whilst meeting the needs of current and future communities. As such, it also entails the distribution and use of resources to ensure equal distribution amongst the communities in a specific region, province, or country. What Is Land Use Management? In the simplest of terms, it is the regulation of...

Town Planning

Town Planning Professional Urban Development and Town Planning Consultancy Services in Pretoria PlanPractice Incorporated, a well-respected town planning consultancy firm located in Pretoria, opened doors for the first time in 1986. Since its inception, the company has grown into a larger group of companies consisting of two subsidiary services known as EnviroPractice and MapPractice – both part of The Practice Group. EnviroPractice offers environmental assessment services, whilst MapPractice is our electronic mapping and drafting bureau. The Practice Group offers a full range of town planning services and because of our extensive experience in mapping, township establishment and environmental assessment, we are able to provide multi-disciplinary solutions to our clients. Some of the services on offer are briefly introduced below to provide an indication of our expertise and service scope in South Africa: Urban Development: We plan new towns and urban areas to meet the growing housing and urban development demands in South Africa. This is done in close collaboration with relevant communities and covers all income groups. Obtaining Land Use Rights and Rezoning: We apply for and obtain new or amended land use rights through rezoning and planning consent applications in accordance with the required procedures in terms of the relevant laws. Investigation of Development Potential: Clients benefit from our expertise in the assessment of the development potential of a specific property. The results of the investigation are compiled in a report and submitted to clients. This report includes recommendations regarding planning procedures, meeting of relevant environmental requirements, the costs and time implications for implementing the development proposal, and alternatives. Subdivision and Consolidation of Land: We apply for the subdivision or consolidation of...