An evaluation of the application of the KwaZulu-Natal land use management system/model in a peri urban/rural setting : the case study of Cliffdale in eThekwini Municipality.
In March 1999 the former Durban Metropolitan Council embarked on several pilot studies to test the applicability of some early thinking around a new Land Use Management System with the aim of casting a single and uniform approach to managing and controlling the development of land and buildings within the municipal area. The studies were necessary as post 1994 the municipality and many other municipalities across the Province had inherited fragmented, unequal and incoherent planning systems, which were developed under apartheid. One of such pilot areas is Cliffdale where new land use management approaches were applied to a semi-rural area through the adoption of a new Land Use Scheme. The aim of this dissertation is to evaluate these approaches that were applied to the Cliffdale Land Use Scheme, given that it is 5 years old and new frameworks, ideas and practices have been developed over this period. At the time of compiling the pilot scheme, there were also limited datasets and information available to inform the developing of the new approaches. Subsequent to this pilot study, a similar Provincial wide initiative was launched which resulted in the preparation of a Land Use Management System Manual in 2001. The aim of the manual is to guide municipalities towards applying a uniform approach to land use management and the preparation of municipal Land Use Schemes. The Manual was further reviewed in 2004. This dissertation also looks at the success of the Cliffdale Land Use Scheme in comparison to the existing Town Planning Scheme model and the new Provincial Land Use Management System. In order to achieve this, interviews were conducted with key people who have experience in the new land use management system. Theoretical research was undertaken on other case studies, precedents and new data sets and information. Findings indicated that the new land use management approaches are an improvement to the current Town Planning Scheme model. The approaches however can be further improved through the availability of new datasets, information and concepts that have emerged from other case studies and precedents.