The abovementioned division is a division of the Department, Community Development and Planning Services. The division’s Town & Regional Planning’s function is limited to spatial planning, member of local municipal planning tribunals and planning coordination. Land use management is a function of the five local municipalities within the Cape Winelands municipal district.
Actively participates in provincial and local municipal spatial development framework processes;
Participates in any environmental planning policy processes that are being rolled out by the other spheres of government; and
Participates in law reform processes pertaining to the provincial Land Use Planning Act 3 of 2014 (LUPA) and the national Spatial and Land Use Management Act 16 of 2013 (SPLUMA).
Is a member of Municipal Planning Tribunals (Langeberg and Witzenberg Municipalities).
SPATIAL PLANNING FUNCTION:
CAPE WINELANDS SPATIAL DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK (CW SDF)
The Cape Winelands District Municipality compiled a Spatial Development Framework for its area of jurisdiction in terms of Section 26 of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, 2000 (Act No. 32 of 2000). The Cape Winelands Spatial Development Framework was approved during the 2010/11 financial year and will be reviewed during the 2015/2016 financial year. The intention is to review the Cape Winelands Spatial Development Framework every five years.
The purpose of the Cape Winelands Spatial Development Framework (CWSDF) is to lay down a ‘set of guidelines’ to:
- Interpret and apply higher-order spatial policy within the Cape Winelands district;
- Guide regional and local policy interventions;
- Act as a strategic forward-planning tool to guide planning and decisions on land use and land development;
- Consider a spatial rationale to the development vision of the district that is clear enough to allow decision-makers to deal with unanticipated/unplanned situations;
- Develop a spatial logic that guides public and private-sector investment;
- Ensure the social, economic, built and environmental sustainability of the area;
- Formulate proposals to redress the spatial legacy of apartheid; and
- Propose (spatial) indicators to measure outcome.
UNOFFICIAL ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT FUNCTION:
This division is responsible for the coordination and drafting of an in-house Cape Winelands Framework for a Climate Change Response Adaptation Strategy.
The purpose of the mentioned Strategy is to;
- give strategic direction to internal departments;
- Identify key climate change focus areas where the CWDM can intervene; and
- Quantifying the CWDM’s efforts in terms of money spent as well as show casing relevant projects and programmes.
NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT:
BIODIVERSITY AND LANDSCAPE
It should be noted that the structure of the Cape Winelands District Municipality does not provide for a formal Environmental Management section and therefore the following programmes are implemented by the Cape Winelands District Municipality’s Town Planner, working in conjunction with the CWDM Working for Water Implementation Manager.
EXPANDED PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME – INVASIVE ALIEN VEGETATION MANAGEMENT & RIVER REHABILITATION PROGRAMME
The programme entails the appointment of community-based contractors to clear invasive alien plants, rehabilitate degraded natural environments and relevant alien clearing projects within district, through labour-intensive project implementation and relevant skills development as part of the EPWP (Environmental Sector) public works programme; with inclusion of targets of vulnerable groups of society i.e. women (55%), youth (40%) and disabled persons (2%), also ensuring 90% use of local labour in communities.
CAPE WINELANDS PLANNING FORUM
The Cape Winelands District Municipality facilitates a Planning Forum where relevant government departments, the five local municipalities and other stakeholders discuss matters pertaining to spatial, environmental and land use planning in general.