The Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act (SPLUMA) of 2013 is to be implemented on 1 July 2015. As this time draws near, there is still uncertainty regarding the content of this law, its implementation, and the implications for spatial planning and land use management in towns, cities, provinces and nationally in South Africa. As a framework law, SPLUMA aims to enable Spatial Justice, Spatial Sustainability, Efficiency, Spatial Resilience, and Good Administration.
Recently, I attended a course run by the University of Cape Town’s Continuing Professional Development Programme which was convened and taught by Stephen Berrisford and Jaap de Visser on 31 March and 1 April 2015. The presentation here draws out the main points of discussion regarding the content and implications for implementation. More specifically, this presentation covers the same aspects as the course which include: An Historical Overview of Planning Law in South Africa, Key Constitutional Questions, SPLUMA as a framework, The Principles and Norms and Standards of SPLUMA, Decision-making under SPLUMA, SDFs and Land Use Schemes, Land Development Procedures, and Alignment with other RSA legislation.
It is hoped that this presentation will offer further insight and improve the understanding of SPLUMA prior to its implementation.