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ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

Our understanding of environmental issues and regulations is comprehensive and proactive and we work hard to ensure you meet today’s stringent statutory requirements in the most cost-effective manner. The specialist environmental staff work closely with our planners to offer you a full planning and approvals service. Our strategies are innovative and environmentally-sound, and are focused on helping you achieve your project goals. Urban Green cc has found that through working with clients that the integration of environmental best practice measures into key areas of the business stream and current working practices can help organisations become more environmentally responsible. We have the expertise to assist in achieving continuous environmental improvement with the implementation, control, and reporting of an environmental management protocol. We have the skills and capability to provide comprehensive and integrated environmental management services. We can supply the following range of services to ensure compliance.

Management:

  • Project Management
  • Environmental Impact Assessments & Planning (EIAs)
  • Environmental Management Plans & Programs (EMPs)

Approvals Compliance:

  • Environmental Planning, Approvals & Licenses Management
  • Identification of Environmental Constraints to Development
  • Negotiations with Referral Agencies & Stakeholders

Specialist Services:

  • Waste Management Systems
  • Environmental Impact Assessments
  • Environmental Management Plans

TRAINING

Apart from the mentioned specialisations (urban and regional, and environment) we also provide the service of training for Councillors as well as technicians with Local Authorities. Training is provided in the fields of town and regional planning, as well as the supporting environmental aspects. As the needs differ from one Local Authority to the other, training programmes and manuals are usually tailor-made for a specific Local Authority.
Aspects of training as provided are listed below.

Level 1 - General Land Management

(Land management skills and instruments; major concepts of land use planning, land economics, land valuation, land registration and surveying; socio-economic surveys; different professions in land management)

Level 2 – Land Management

(nature of urban areas and the phenomenon of urbanisation; working of the urban economy; provision and problems of urban land servicing; the process of land delivery; financing of land delivery and methods of cost recovery)

Level 1 – General Land Use Planning

(Land use policies; principles and norms in land use; zoning as an interment of ordering the use of land, and alterations; major attributes of land suitability analysis; acceptable land use classes)

Level 2 – Land Use Planning

(different levels of planning; structure of a land use plan; importance of objectives for land use planning; the importance of resource assessments for land use planning; different planning levels; define and apply decision-making processes in different contextual levels)

Level 3 – Land Use Planning

(compare different types of planning; the importance of master planning; the need of a national physical plan; the main objectives of a national settlement policy; compare and contrast planning instruments)

Level 1 - Planning Theory

(the concepts of development and underdevelopment; assess basic characteristics of any regional development; the purpose and objectives of development planning)

Level 2 – Planning Theory

(settlement hierarchy; integrated regional planning; basic development plans)

Urban Planning and Development

(basic concepts of urbanization and urban development; developments in peri-urban areas; recognising major land-uses within the urban environment; regulation of urban communities; different types of plans prepared by town and regional planners and the purpose thereof; the different urban governance systems)

Urban Infrastructure and services

(standards of service provision; planning for different urban services; different methods of provision and maintenance of urban infrastructure; stakeholder engagement in issues of provision and sitting of services)

Land Tenure Systems

(Flexible Land Tenure)

Cartography

(Reading and interpretation of general maps, topographic maps; aerial photos; satellite images)

Basic Ecology

(structure and composition of ecosystems; importance of biodiversity dynamics that drive an ecosystem; different ecological process)

Level 1 - Natural Resource Management

(renewable and non-renewable resources within the ecosystem; different types of environmental degradation and their causes; human’s role in the ecosystem)

Level 2 – Natural Resource Management

(Environmental Impact Assessments)

Community Based Land Management

(community participation in land management; legal and policy framework for CBM; basic principles of CBNRM; different types of CBNRM programmes; different institutions in CBNRM)

Urban Economic Development

(main concepts of poverty; different approaches to poverty alleviation; difference between formal and informal activities; form and nature of private/public partnerships; the role of urban agriculture in alleviating urban poverty)

Legal and Institutional framework

(the legal structure and it’s bearing on planning; apply planning laws and regulations; categorize institutions involved in planning; discuss on the planning roles of local authorities)
Town and Regional Planning for Local Authorities

TOWN & REGIONAL PLANNING

The planners used include some of the best in the business. All have years of local knowledge and experience, and an intimate understanding of statutory approval processes. We focus on securing practical and professional outcomes for every project while working within the regulatory framework. The planners work closely with the client, approval regulators, and environmental scientists and economists, to create innovative planning solutions for your project needs.

General (Private and Public Sector):

  • Project Management
  • Land Use Studies
  • Demographic Analysis
  • Urban Design
  • Community Consultation

Statutory / Strategic Planning:

  • Town Planning Schemes
  • Urban Structure Plans (10 year plans)
  • Development Plans (5 year plans)
  • Township Establishment Procedures
  • Formalisation of informal areas
  • Social upgrading programmes for urban residents
  • Community Consultation and Facilitation
  • Planning Scheme Policies
  • Local Area Planning
  • Community Planning
  • Administrative Reviews

Private Sector:

  • Approvals Management
  • Site Analysis
  • Erf Reconfiguration Applications
  • rezoning
  • subdivision
  • consolidation
  • consent use
  • street closures
  • public open space closures
  • and notarial linkage of erven, portions or farms
  • Planning Appeals and Negotiation
  • Impact Assessment
  • Development Appraisals and Assessments
  • Opportunities and Constraints Analysis