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Call for proposed amendments to City’s Development Management Scheme<p>All land units within the City’s municipal boundaries – be it privately or state owned – have a base zoning that determines what the land can be used for, and how the land may be developed. This zoning, inclusive of provisions, restrictions and conditions, is indicated in the Development Management Scheme (DMS) and the DMS is included in the Municipal Planning By-law (MPBL) as a schedule.</p><p>The MPBL and DMS regulate development and land use in the city. Thus, together, the MPBL and the DMS have an impact on future developments and land uses across Cape Town. It shapes the future of communities and economies, and has an influence on our living environment.</p><p>The City’s MPBL has been adopted and implemented by the City since 1 July 2015 and reviewed annually. Section 27 of the MPBL requires that the DMS be reviewed at least every five years since the commencement of the MPBL. The MPBL will be reviewed as part of this process.</p><p><strong>The City is undertaking this review through two processes:</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">firstly, to call on the public and interested parties to submit comments or suggestions to be taken into account in the review of the Development Management Scheme as from 22 February to 23 April 2021;</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">after 23 April 2021, the City will consider all of the submissions that we have received, and present a review report to Council with recommendations on which proposals to include in a proposed draft amendment of the MPBL and DMS;</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">once the recommendations have been approved by Council, the draft amendment of the MPBL and DMS will be developed and made available to the public and interested and affected parties for comment and further input during a second round of public participation.</div></li></ul><p>‘I am urging all who live and do business in Cape Town to participate in these upcoming processes. Amendments to the MPBL and DMS have an influence on what our neighbourhoods and cities will look like a few years down the line. It’s therefore important to get involved and to contribute to the discussion,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Marian Nieuwoudt. </p><p>During the review process, the City will also focus on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the local economy and development sector, and how a review of the DMS and MPBL can assist with Cape Town’s recovery.</p><p>‘COVID-19 is having and will have a major impact on our local economy for years to come. We must do all we can to stimulate economic growth, job creation, and investment. Thus, we will be focusing on how to position Cape Town as a preferred destination for investments, and to improve our competitiveness in relation to other cities around the world. </p><p>‘Much of this relates to decision making that is predictable, timeous and innovative; and measures to assist the construction and development sector, including steps to limit the regulatory burden. Research will also indicate whether policy changes are needed as a result of the impact of the pandemic on behaviour change, and new challenges that have emerged,’ said Alderman Nieuwoudt.</p><p><strong>Some of the possible amendments to the DMS and MPBL could include:</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">reducing the cost and time to comply. The City’s regulatory environment can drive up the cost of formal development, and act as a barrier for lower-income households to enter the formal housing market and formal economy;</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">enhancing efficient, climate resilient, and sustainable developments, and recognising the need to protect and support the natural environment and heritage;</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">creating more inclusive planning regulation and to simplify the DMS. </div></li></ul><p>Comments or suggestions on the review process must be aligned with Council policies, plans, strategies and the Integrated Development Plan, which pursues strategic principles, among which resilience, sustainability, transformation of the built environment through transit-oriented development and access to economic opportunities, and putting the resident at the centre of everything the City does.</p><p>It is important to note that the review process cannot change the zoning of any land unit in the city, but amendments to applicable development rules can be considered. </p><p>For more information, please go to <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/haveyoursay" target="_blank">www.capetown.gov.za/haveyoursay</a>. </p><p>Comments and suggestions to be taken into account in the review process can be submitted to <a href="mailto:lums@capetown.gov.za">lums@capetown.gov.za</a>.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>2021-02-20T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#7b98734d-d9be-4c22-85da-664d04c90132;L0|#07b98734d-d9be-4c22-85da-664d04c90132|land use;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#b099bb40-ae20-45dd-a827-4d5019f62ea4;L0|#0b099bb40-ae20-45dd-a827-4d5019f62ea4|Zoning10

 

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