City seeks to further reduce red tape by scrapping old policies

City seeks to further reduce red tape by scrapping old policies
The City is embarking on another round of planning policy rationalisation as part of its commitment to reducing red tape to unlock economic opportunities. The City invites members of the public to comment on its proposals.
The City of Cape Town has identified additional local area planning policies that should be considered for withdrawal in an effort to further reduce red tape and to create more policy certainty.  Since 2012, approximately 300 outdated planning policies have already been withdrawn. The latest proposal comprises a further 58 outdated or obsolete planning policies. The City’s land use and spatial planning decision-making processes are guided by relevant and modern planning policies. The most important of these is the overarching Cape Town Spatial Development Framework and the City’s eight more detailed district plans.
However, the City also inherited a number of pre-2000 local area planning policies from the previously disestablished municipalities now comprising the metro. Many of these policies have subsequently either been superseded by the district plans or have now become obsolete and outdated.
The City therefore initiated a planning policy rationalisation process, aimed at withdrawing old policies. 
This initiative included those policies that were withdrawn simultaneously with the approval of the Cape Town Spatial Development Framework and the eight district plans.
‘This administration is committed to creating an enabling environment so that economic opportunities can be unlocked. As such, reducing red tape to simplify the decision-making environment is vital. This also creates increased policy certainty which is essential to drive investment and, ultimately, to create much-needed jobs,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Environmental and Spatial Planning, Councillor Johan van der Merwe.
A list of the policies that the City is proposing for withdrawal has been published on the City’s website. The list is also available at all City libraries, subcouncil offices and district planning offices. Members of the public and interested parties are urged to submit comments on the City’s proposal by 10 December 2014.
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