New Gauteng government regulations that dispense with newspaper notices about land use and township planning could reduce public debate on these developments. It is proposed to publish such notices in the Provincial Gazette, of which only 500 copies are printed in Gauteng. The Gauteng Planning and Development Act requires owners of adjoining properties or ward councillors to be informed of developments or for notices to be placed on site. However, affected parties extend beyond the owners of adjacent properties to the wider community, civil interest groups, civil rights organisations and business, who all need to be informed in time of proposed changes in land use.
Lloyd Druce, town planning adviser of Sapoa, said the changes were not as bad as some people said because public consultation was assured by other acts which require public notification.
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