Spatial planning regulations published

March 31st, 2015, Published in Articles: PositionIT, Uncategorised articles


SabinetLaw reports that the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act regulations have been published in Government Gazette 38594. The act was signed into law in 2013.

In summary, the regulations aim to:

  • Provide a framework for spatial planning and land use management.
  • Specify the relationship between the spatial planning and land use management system and other kinds of planning.
  • Provide for inclusive, developmental, equitable and efficient spatial planning in each different sphere of government.
  • Provide a framework for the monitoring, coordination and review of the spatial planning and land use management system.
  • Provide a framework for policies, principles, norms and standards for spatial development planning and land use management.
  • Address past spatial and regulatory imbalances.
  • Promote greater consistency and uniformity in application procedures and decision-making by authorities responsible for land use decisions and development applications.
  • Provide for the establishment, functions and operations of municipal planning tribunals.
  • Provide for the facilitation and enforcement of land use and development measures.

The Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act’s broader objectives include ensuring that the system of spatial planning and land use management “promotes social and economic inclusion”; providing for the “sustainable and efficient use of land”; and redressing past imbalances.

The regulations focus on municipal planning tribunals with particular emphasis on municipal assessment prior to the setting up of the tribunal, institutional requirements for the establishment of a tribunal in a municipal area, the agreement to set up a tribunal, the monitoring of a tribunal, termination of a tribunal, an agreement to set up a tribunal in a district municipality, land development and land use applications and the appeals process.

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