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Residents of Region B came in their numbers to a public consultation meeting on the new Land Use Scheme at Marks Park in Emmarentia last week.

The aim of the public meeting was to create awareness of the new scheme.

The new scheme applies to all properties within the boundaries of the City of Johannesburg. It was implemented on 1 February 2019 and prescribes the extent to which properties can be developed and stipulates processes regarding the use of properties in the City. 
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In the past, the City had 16 different town planning schemes with differing regulations, controls and processes applicable in its area of jurisdiction.

Gemey Abrahams, a member of the Emmarentia Residents Association, said she was disappointed that the City did not work closely with the residents associations. “The associations are the city’s eyes and ears on the ground.”

She regretted the timing of the public meeting when the scheme started in February. “Will there be a grace period and a transition from the old scheme into this scheme? What happens to developers and residents who already have plans based on the old scheme?”

Responding to some concerns, Julius Sello, the City of Johannesburg’s Assistant Director in Development Planning’s Land Use Scheme unit​, said the department wanted to inform and educate property owners and developers on the processes required on the land use regulations in order to promote compliance with the building regulations in the City. 

“We hope there will be better compliance and a reduction in illegal buildings city-wide,” said Sello.