Land Use Planning Law (PBL5641F)
Semester: First Semester Course Convener: Professor Alexander Paterson Format: Block Teaching
One of the key ways to govern the impact of society on the environment is through regulating land use and planning. Land use planning law came into being at the beginning of the twentieth century but environmental law was superimposed on it towards the end of the twentieth century. The past few decades have accordingly seen a significant shift in the array and nature of regulatory tools planning authorities have sought to use to achieve a balance between the dictates of development and environmental protection. Key planning tools which are inherent in domestic legal frameworks include: integrated development planning; future spatial planning; zoning schemes; subdivision; title deed restrictions; environmental impact assessment; the designation of protected areas; and in the context of coastal management, integrated coastal planning.
This course aims to critically examine the nature of these various planning tools. South Africa’s domestic regime is used as a case study through which to explore their practical application. These land use and planning tools are of relevance to every landowner and the course is accordingly of relevance to domestic legal practitioners, government officials and those working in the NGO sector. Furthermore, given the contemporary nature of South Africa’s environmental impact assessment, coastal planning and protected areas regimes in particular, the course is of key relevance to foreign students wishing to understand, critique and become involved in the reformation of their own domestic land use and planning regimes.