Basic Elements of Site-Development Plans

Site-development plans are documents that detail the plans for specific sites or an assembly of sites. They are submitted to the city council to approve prior to the submission of building plans and prior to the development of a parcel of land. A site development plan provides a holistic illustration of what development or redevelopment is envisaged without the technical detail of a building plan. The city council evaluates the site-development plans to determine whether they are in line with zone regulations. They must therefore be detailed and include information on its use, structure type, location, size, accessibility, parking, materials used, and more. In order to obtain the required building permits (approved building plans), developers must submit the relevant site-development plans. They are, however, not needed for improvements or changes to single-family homes, so a homeowner does not have to submit one to get permission for the addition of a granny flat or a swimming pool, for example. Elements of a particular site range from its vegetation and topography to its culture and infrastructure. Site-development plans must thus indicate the current conditions of sites, as well as the proposed changes. Some of the essential elements of such plans are briefly outlined below, giving you an indication of their comprehensiveness. Boundaries and Building Lines The property boundaries indicate the configuration, locality, and extent of the property. The property boundaries are important cadastral lines, since the developer cannot build over these lines. As such, land surveying must be done to provide accurate property boundaries to be included on the site-development plan. While these lines indicate the boundary of the property, development...

Town Planning Companies

What Town Planning Companies Do for Property Owners in South Africa Town planning companies work with developers, individuals, municipalities, and spatial development committees. Not many people realise how important town planning companies are when it comes to services related to individual property owners. It is only when they want to rezone property or have trouble with neighbours about property boundaries or aspects regarding storm water drainage that they realise they need the expertise offered by town planning companies. To help people understand the value of town planning companies, also on smaller scale projects, we briefly look at the role of the town planner regarding individual properties. For one, the town planner helps the property owner to remove restrictions regarding building and development of the property. The town planning team from one of the town planning companies, such as The Practice Group, performs functions such as collecting and assessing information related to a particular piece of property, and based on the results of the analysis, advises the property owner on the best path to follow to have restrictions removed, to allow for optimal use of the property according to the property owner’s goals. Town planning companies, furthermore, perform duties such as compiling applications and managing these on behalf the property. They do so in accordance with the regulations for applications and procedures contained in various acts, the relevant town planning schemes, and ordinances. Part of the compilation and management of application processes entails the coordination of other professionals, such as land surveyors, environmental consultants, architects, and engineers. The town planning companies also provide advice and services regarding specific topics. These...