New zoning scheme could damage character of Cape Town

The city’s announcement of the new Integrated Zone Scheme (CTZS), effective as of Friday (1st March 2013), is meant to rid the metro of apartheid-style planning policy, cut red tape and contain urban sprawl. Some of this is true, but it is also likely to bring with it problems that could radically change the character of the city and undermine its sustainability. These have been largely ignored by planners despite their having been pointed out often.

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Retired Director of Legal Services interrogates the Western Cape Land Use Planning Bill 2013

We also see that until now most if not all consultation has been limited to Professional Institutes and other Organs Of State, largely to the exclusion of the man in the street.

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In the public interest: Western Cape Land Use Planning Bill 2013

My reading of this draft LUPA tells me that if it is promulgated in its present form, the WC Provincial government will have: * more or less removed any ability for community organisations to comment on land use matters in their localities; and * virtually completely written itself out of exercising any appeal function over municipal land use planning decisions in the future. As for appeals against land use planning decisions taken by the municipality, the ability of the general public to make their voice heard has been almost totally destroyed.

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