Planning and Development

Lawrence Ramakuwela (Acting)

Building Control, Compliance, and Outdoor Advertisement

The Building Control section is responsible for the submission and approval process of building plan applications and the enforcement of statutory requirements regulating buildings in terms of the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act (103 of 1977).

The section also ensures that all applicable legislation and other relevant standards are conformed with, as well as regulates outdoor advertising in the municipal area in terms of the By-Law.

Some key functions performed by the department:

Overall, the section plays a crucial role in promoting safety, maintaining quality standards, and facilitating responsible development within a municipality.

Human Settlements

The core mandate of the section is to ensure the provision of housing across the municipality in order to build sustainable communities and facilitate share and equitable social and economic growth and development.

The primary role of the section is to promote and facilitate the provision of adequate housing in its municipal area.

Land and Property Administration

The Land and Property Administration section’s core mandate is to ensure the efficient management of municipal land in order to promote the building of sustainable communities and facilitate social and economic growth as well as development.

The primary role of the section is to administer and enhance municipal land in its municipal area.

Town and Regional Planning

The role of the Town Planning section is to facilitate strategic land development by ensuring effective and efficient planning tools are in place, which promotes investment through equitable and effective service delivery.

The Town Planning section comprises of three subsections:

The three subsections perform different, but interlinked, functions which can be summarised as follows. 

Land Use Management Section

Every property in the municipality has a set of regulations to control development. These regulations are determined by the zoning of the property. Property zoning is set out in the applicable Town Planning Scheme, which determines such aspects as possible land use, height, coverage, building lines, parking provisions, etc. 

The section is responsible for ensuring effective land use management within the Municipal area. This requires the Land Use Management Section to ensure that all land in Kouga is used according to its permitted use and zoning rights, along with the applicable restrictions as guided by legislation and policies including the Spatial planning and Land Use Management Act, No. 16 of 2013, the Municipal Spatial Planning and Land Use Management By-law and the Development Management Scheme, among others.

Spatial Planning Section

The Spatial Planning section deals with the development and management of the municipality’s long-term spatial plans, frameworks, strategies, and policies in compliance with the provisions of the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act. These plans seek to influence the overall spatial distribution of current and future land use within Kouga to give effect to the vision, goals and objectives of the Municipality and the Integrated development Plan (IDP). The objective is to facilitate investment and to create organised land use to balance economic growth needs with considered pressure on natural resources.

Geographic Information System Section

The GIS section's aim is to generate and maintain accurate and crucial geographical information for the municipality to aid decision making at all levels of government and across all directorates.

GIS services include, amongst others:

GIS is used to monitor changes how space is utilized and monitor characteristics of households in various places, enriching spatial planning and other processes with sound evidence towards development of strategies, plans, policies, and decision-making. We can map a wide variety of objects and overlay them to identify places that are prone to veld fires and flood plains, and we can examine community access to facilities and predict settlement density, just to name a few examples as the benefit of GIS.