Joburg Advocacy Group (JAG): COMMENT ON DRAFT LAND USE SCHEME

Friday, 11 August 2017

COMMENT ON DRAFT LAND USE SCHEME


On 7 June, the City of Johannesburg’s Development Planning Department released a draft Land Use Scheme for public comment. Based on the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act of 2103, it draws on both legislation and previous planning schemes in an attempt to put into place a single land use policy that will be applicable throughout the city.

Residents will be able to comment on the draft for two months from the date of release, and commentary should be submitted to dylanw@joburg.org.za. Public comments will be taken into consideration before the final draft is submitted to the Council for approval.

Once the Land Use Scheme has been adopted - but before it is put into  practice - there will be public workshops and consultations with interested and affected parties.

We encourage residents to read the document carefully and to take advantage of the public participation period.

Some of the clauses that may be of interest:

14: General conditions applicable to all erven. This deals with such issues as responsibility for maintenance, building along boundary walls, dumping, stormwater drainage and spaza shops in residential areas.
19: Conditions applicable to obtaining consent for running a spaza shop in a residential area.
20: Conditions applicable to running a home enterprise or professional practice in a residential area.
21: Conditions applicable to the construction of subsidiary units on residential properties.
27: Conditions relating to the height of buildings throughout the city.
38: Requirements relating to site development plans.
41: Contraventions and illegal land usage.

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