Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEADP)
The anticipated impact of the spatial planning and land use management law reform process and the introduction of the national Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act (SPLUMA) and the provincial Land Use Planning Act (LUPA) was the catalyst for the appointment of ODA by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEADP) via the Department of the Premier to “assess and address the impact of the impending national and provincial spatial planning and land use management law reform initiatives on the approved mandates/functions, business processes and organisation and establishment of the DEADP”.
The objective of the project was to prepare the department and specifically the Chief Directorate Environmental and Land Management (CD: ELM) for the changed environment as it would be the most affected by the impending new legislative regime. SPLUMA and LUPA requires a change in approach to the provincial spatial planning and land use management function with a focus on assisting and enabling municipalities to perform their municipal spatial planning and land use management functions. In this regard the new approach requires a rethink on various service delivery models, the provision of provincial spatial leadership, and the mainstreaming of intelligence-based decision-making, with a specific focus on development facilitation