The City of Cape Town has called for comment on changes to the MPBL (Municipal Planning by Law) To read or download the MPBL click here. Specifically, the City wants to change sections around how a notice to a person is served. To read or download the proposed changes click here.

Currently the City must notify a person of a land use application or an application to change title restrictions by registered post using the Post Office. GTAF alone with many other civic organisations have warned that using the Post Office does not satisfy the legal requirements of the Municipal Systems Act, Spluma (Spatial Planning and Land Use Act 2013) and the South African Constitution. After a decade of complaining about the use of the Post Office. The City has finally decided to act and change the MPBL to allow for notice to be served by e-mail.

GTAF object to this method of notice when it comes to notice by a person. To read or download our comment click here. In our opinion this proposal fails to satisfy the requirements of the Municipal systems act (2000). For our detailed comments please read our submission to the City. GTAF believes that residents should not have to register to receive a notice about a possible development that affects them. How would residents know they have to register? The City offers no explanation as to how they would monitor the effectiveness of their proposal. It is fair to say that the City has offered little in the past about the effectiveness of thier advertising procedure. One of the biggest complaints we have had is that people are not aware of applications until it’s too late.

We have uploaded our comments to the petition below. Please sign this petition to have your say.

PRESCRIPTION OF THE METHOD OF NOTIFICATION FOR APPLICATIONS IN TERMS OF THE CITY OF CAPE TOWN MUNICIPAL PLANNING BY-LAW (MPBL)

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