URBAN DEVELOPMENT CONTROL
“Development Control” deals primarily with the amendment of existing land use rights and or erf boundaries. These amendments are being done in accordance with the legislative framework. The process of amending development rights normally includes a series of applications submitted to a number of approving authorities and could include the Local Authority (municipality), Regional Council, Namibian Planning Advisory Board (NAMPAB), and the Townships Board. Depending on the intention of the applicant, the prevailing circumstances, and also the outcome of public consultation, the amendment of permissible rights may include subdivision, consolidation, and or rezoning of the land parcel. Based on these, the application is then prepared and submitted to the relevant authority for approval. These applications could be finalized and approved anything from 1 month to as long as 12 months. .To best illustrate the Development Control applications, the image below shows four erven in Klein Windhoek which had been used for residential purposes for almost 50 years. To respond to the trend of suburban office space integrated with the concept of “Loft Living”, a developer identified these erven and through a series of applications, Urban Dynamics has amended the permissible land uses on these four erven. Through our involvement, the site has been transformed and “rejuvenated” and now accommodates approximately 2,000m² of office space; two existing residential units plus an additional potential for 1,500m² of residential development. Careful consideration has been put into the design to ensure functional use, appealing aesthetical appearances with high investment prospects. The scheme had been registered in a Sectional Title Scheme which allows for the developer to sell specific units on the open market. The development has increased property values in the immediate neighborhood with a potential to include neighboring properties at a later stage. The mixed land uses results in a 24-hour presence of people. In turn, this leads to increased safety of the area and optimizes the provision and use of municipal service networks. Lastly, the concept is environmentally friendly and minimizes commuting between home and office, and lessens the individual’s carbon footprint. The images below show the current state of the four erven.