Municipal Law Making under SPLUMA: A Survey of Fifteen "First Generation" Municipal Planning By-Laws

Keywords: Local government, Municipalities, Municipal planning, Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act 16 of 2003, Spatial Development Framework, Local Government, Municipal Systems Act 32 of 2000, By-laws, Zoning scheme, Town planning

Abstract

The legal framework for spatial planning and land use management changed with the introduction of the new Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act 16 of 2013 (SPLUMA). SPLUMA facilitates the shift of power over critical areas of land use management from provincial governments to local governments, which results from the Constitution allocating "municipal planning" to municipalities. With this comes a responsibility for municipalities to adopt municipal planning by-laws. This article focuses on four of the many challenges SPLUMA needed to address namely (1) the division of responsibilities between national, provincial and local government, (2) the interrelationship between plans and rights, (3) planning and informality and (4) making government cohere. The article introduces these four challenges and examines how SPLUMA seeks to address them. In particular, it conducts a preliminary assessment of fifteen "first generation" municipal planning by-laws to assess how they address the four themes in SPLUMA.

 

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Author Biography

Jaap de Visser, University of the Western Cape

Professor of Law

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List of Abbreviations
AHRLJ African Human Rights Law Journal
ATR African Traditional Religions
BYU L Rev Brigham Young University Law Review
Can Bar Rev Canadian Bar Review
Can J L & Soc'y Canadian Journal of Law and Society
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