Process Followed by SAPRA:
1. The first step is to identify and record which Applications have been submitted to Council:
This is done by perusing the Provincial Gazettes to which SAPRA subscribes.
Councillor for Ward 117 (Tim Truluck) receives applications from Council which he will then forward to SAPRA.
SAPRA will on occasion hear from residents or see themselves, that Notices have been posted on properties (this is a required Council process).
If SAPRA does not have a copy of the Application, a copy is obtained from Council.
2. SAPRA has retained the permanent services of Urban Terrain, Town Planning Services. The application is forwarded to them so that they can ascertain whether it is in line with the RSDF (Regional Spatial Development Framework).
SAPRA has spent a significant amount of time and money to guide the proposed development envisaged by Council for Saxonwold and Parkwood. SAPRA is in constant communication with the local authority and provides input relating to the various policy documents applicable to the area. There are, in effect, four policy documents guiding development in the area at this stage, which include:
* The Spatial Development Framework 2040
* The Saxonwold and Parkwood Precinct Plan
* The BRT Land Use Guidelines, and
* The Rosebank Urban Development Framework.
3. The appointed Town Planner will advise whether the Application falls within the approved local authority policy. If it is in line with the policy, SAPRA will not object. If it is does not comply with the policy, then SAPRA will object. Should the application require more of the Town Planner’s time, the SAPRA Committee will discuss the issue and decide whether to proceed or not. If it is possible, the immediate neighbours may be notified of the Town Planner’s assessment and a recommended response. SAPRA will always act in accordance with the approved local authority policy. Based on the nature of the Application it may be in the neighbourhood’s interest to object on an individual and collective basis to strengthen the opposition. A Town Planner and/or Lawyer may be required at the Council site hearing. These costs cannot be borne by SAPRA but it may be in the neighbour’s interest to have the necessary representation. SAPRA can always be contacted for advice.
4. Objections must be lodged with both the Council and the Applicant within a stipulated time-frame.
5. All new applications received by SAPRA (whether an objection is lodged or not) is reported in the SAPRA Newsletter and at the Committee Meetings.
6. When the application comes up for review, if there are objections on file, those objectors are invited to attend site inspections by the local authority and thereafter Tribunals at Council where the various parties are given the opportunity to air their arguments.
7. Council then sits and makes its decision. The various parties will in time be notified of Council’s decision.
8. If the Council refuses the Application, the Applicant might choose to lodge an Appeal. In this instance, SAPRA will contest the Appeal.
Building Regulations and Regional Spatial Development Plan
i. Applicants for rezoning are invited to request SAPRA to consider the Application. A fee of R550.00 is payable to SAPRA (see Bank details) for the plan to be submitted to our Town Planner for consideration.
ii. On receipt of the duly completed form and payment, the Application will be submitted to the Town Planner for comments.
Extracts from the relevant documents may be downloaded from the following:
Johannesburg Spatial Development Framework 2040
Extract from the Saxonwold & Parkwood Precinct Plan
Extract from the BRT Land Use Guidelines
Extract from the Rosebank Urban Development Framework