Urban and Regional Planning

Why Urban and Regional Planning Is Essential to Prevent Unorganised Development Urban and regional planning is a combined discipline with the only difference between the two being the scale and geographical areas affected. As such, the same professionals are involved in both processes. An urban area is within the administrative boundary of a city or town, whilst a regional area comprises the region in which a city or town and its satellite towns exist. Urban and regional planning entails technical, economic, and political processes focused on the design and implementation of land use policies. It makes provision for the development of infrastructure, such as roads, waterways, drainage, lights, electricity supply, refuse removal, recreational areas, educational facilities, and more. Urban and regional planning includes the consideration of factors such as air space, water resources, impact on the environment, and community needs in the development of human settlements. The focus is on the physical layout of urban and regional infrastructure to ensure public welfare. To this end, all factors that affect the wellbeing, quality of life, and ability to economically and socially function are considered. For a community to function properly within the area of a city, there must be road infrastructure, buildings for schools and government services, medical facilities, law enforcement offices, parks, and sports facilities. There must also be sanitation and public transport where the community members do not have their own means of transport. Effective urban and regional planning thus considers all of the above factors. With so many factors affecting public welfare, urban planners do not work in isolation. They work closely with engineers, surveyors, architects, environmental...

Town Planners

Town Planners’ Advice on Property Sub-Division in South Africa Sub-division of residential or commercial property is often done with the purpose of selling the portions in order to make a profit. However, doing it wrong can lead to delays in getting permission. In addition, one can also suffer severe financial losses as the result of incorrect procedures followed. To this end, it is essential to make use of the services offered by town planners in helping to ensure the seamless sub-division of property. What Is a Sub-Division of Property? It is a formal process whereby one piece of land, whether such is agricultural, commercial, industrial, or residential, is divided into more than one portion. This is normally done with the help of professionals, such as town planners and land surveyors. Factors to Consider It is important to consider the size of the land. The land use management policies, in addition to zoning regulations of a particular area, may prevent you from dividing a property into smaller pieces because the size of the land is not sufficient to meet the minimum requirements. A plot of 2 000 m2 in one suburb can, for instance, be divided into four stands. In another area, the restriction on the land’s size may limit you to dividing the plot into two plots of no smaller than 1 000 m2 each. In yet another area, you may be prohibited from dividing the stand because it is already of the minimum size. The area where the piece of land is located thus plays an important role. To this end, town planners will examine the zoning regulations...

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...