Changes to planning by-law

2019-03-05 06:01

The City of Cape has issued a statement warning residents of the pending amendments to the municipal planning by-law to regulate developments and land use in the city.

Residents are encouraged to read the guideline document as the changes will have an impact on all who live and work in Cape Town.

A public participation process is currently underway until Monday 1 April.

The majority of the proposed amendments are administrative and are intended to streamline application processes. However, a guideline document with more information about the amendments, some of which may affect property rights, is available at the 24 subcouncil offices and on the City’s website at

The City will also host information sessions to make residents and interested and affected parties aware of the impact and consequences of the proposed amendments. On Tuesday 12 March from 19:00 to 21:00 they will be at the Fish Hoek municipal offices, Central Circle off Recreation Road, Fish Hoek

Furthermore, residents will have the opportunity to make presentations about the proposed amendments as follows:

.Saturday 30 March from 10:00 to 14:00 at the Subcouncil chamber on the corner of Voortrekker and Tallent Roads, Parow

Mayco member for spatial planning and environment Marian Nieuwoudt, says buying property is the biggest financial investment that most people will make in their lives.

“Property owners are therefore encouraged to understand the implications of the Municipal Planning By-law, the reasons for the proposed amendments to the by-law, and the impact that these may have on their investment.

“Also, the Municipal Planning By-law has a big impact on the economy of the city as it regulates how land can be used throughout Cape Town. I’m urging residents to please make an effort to read the guideline document once it’s available, and to attend the information sessions,” she said.

Residents are reminded that all land units within the City have a base zoning that determines what the land can be used for, and how the land may be developed.

This zoning, among others, is indicated in the Development Management Scheme (DMS) and the DMS is included in the Municipal Planning bylaw.

Nieuwoudt said the proposed amendments to the Municipal Planning by-law are part of the annual review process, and are also intended to give effect to the policies and strategies that the City Council has adopted over the past few years and she is looking forward to their engagement with residents and affected parties about these proposals in the coming weeks.

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