Above: Representatives from the University of Pretoria (UP), City of Tshwane and prominent property developers who attended the business breakfast and information session in Pretoria on the implementation of the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act by-laws.

Property developers and city councillors hosted at information session in Pretoria

Enterprises University of Pretoria (Enterprises UP) recently hosted various property developers, executives and city councillors at a business breakfast and information session at the Enterprise Building in Pretoria on the newly proposed property development and land use by-laws implemented by the City of Tshwane.

Addressed by presenters, Dr Johnny Coetzee from the Department of Town and Regional Planning (UP), and Ms Nicolene le Roux, Director: Development Compliance (Planning and Development) from the City of Tshwane, guests were presented with a full update on the by-laws and how their businesses would be affected by the changes.

Ms le Roux was instrumental in developing the by-laws in support of the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act (SPLUMA) of 2013, with the subsequent result that City of Tshwane was the first metropolitan city in Gauteng to promulgate the SPLUMA by-laws on 3 March 2016.

The information session also included a review of the skills requirements in property development following these changes, and how developers can benefit from upskilling and receiving the latest industry insights in terms of proposed planning and development initiatives in the city.

Underpinning the challenges of planning and taking into account that different interests and expectations for future developments are often disposed to contradictions and/or other possible conflicts, town and regional planning is currently regarded as one of the key professions that can play a pivotal role in resolving spatial and other imbalances in both urban and rural areas.

A professional approach that combines sensitivity, analytical and strategic skills is therefore often required to handle the various political, social, spatial, environmental and economic issues at stake when tackling the improvement of inefficient and underperforming living environments.