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New Land Bill up for debate

Western Cape residents can now share their views regarding the new Land Use Planning Bill.

Western Cape residents have to share their views regarding the new Land Use Planning Bill.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Local Government MEC Anton Bredell on Wednesday said the new Land Use Planning Bill will streamline decision making and minimize red tape.

The bill, which was gazetted last week, is now open for public comment.

Fundamentally, it positions municipalities as the ones responsible for adopting a development framework, approving by-laws and deciding on all land use applications in the municipal area.

This includes planning to build schools, clinics and other developments.

Bredell said the provincial government will help under resourced municipalities.

"We also realise we've got low capacity municipalities so we will come up with a programme to support and mentor them. It's important that we don't leave planning in a vacuum. We need to be responsible and support one other."