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|Lack of coordination within the local sphere of government has led to implementation inconsistencies and in poor service delivery in some cases.
The District Planning Unit (DPU) understands that planning, coordination and performance management are interrelated and cannot be separated if the objectives of strategic operational planning are to be achieved.
The unit is concerned with planning matters identified, including preparation of physical plans and policies/guidelines, as well as the monitoring of the impact of the implementation thereof on a high strategic level.
The district planning unit further understands that the Green Paper on National Strategic Planning addresses mainly high level national strategic planning and that operational and infrastructural planning belongs at the local sphere of government, although plans take account of the broader national plan.
The unit shall commission research where necessary and make proposals on targets and milestones for the purposes of the national strategic plan.
It is hoped that the present initiative to establish a planning unit may lead to a more successful outcome and especially to strengthen local authorities to be capable of addressing and solving the problems related to human needs and land use.
An improved approach should call for integrated planning for sustainable development. The system should satisfy the following specific needs:
The Department should thus ensure that:
It is further acknowledged that a concerted focus on strategic operational planning and more coordination are some of the interventions required to remedy what did not work well. A need for strengthening the coordination among the local spheres of government is proposed in order to drive collective action towards improved service delivery. It is further acknowledged that The Department must also identify and rectify institutional weaknesses in Local Government to ensure municipal financial viability and sustainability.
Increased efficiency in the use of land and resources used in planning; and drafting of plans that are realistic, acceptable and possible to implement; and to guide Council on all strategic medium and long term planning matters.
|The objective of the unit will be to develop principles and norms aimed at achieving sustainability, equality, efficiency, fairness and good governance in spatial planning and land use management as well as infrastructural planning and delivery. The decisions of planning authorities, whether related to the formulation of plans such as IDPs or the consideration of land development applications such as rezoning, or the planning and implementation of infrastructure must all be consistent with these principles and norms. The unit must be cautious not to fall into the trap of getting involved with operational issues applicable to other departments in the institution and should therefore focus on planning matters.
The objective of the principles and norms is to influence directly, the long term substantive outcomes of planning decisions, whether they relate to spatial development; land-use management; or decisions on land use change or development applications, including the delivery of services to all communities. The overall aim of the principles and norms is to achieve planning outcomes that:
|Key Focus Areas
Ensure medium and long term planning in the District, both on regional and local level, within the context of the national planning issues identified, with specific focus on the following subjects of planning:
To ensure the bottom-up and top down approach to planning in order to influence the formulation and implementation of national policy and strategies
To ensure the implementation of a structured process in the District to act as an early warning system to identify issues requiring immediate attention
To ensure the implementation of appropriate and technologically advanced systems to provide relevant information to guide decision-making
Research and Development
To commission research on a specific subject if and when necessary
To formulate, influence or review policy and strategy
To assess and influence resource allocation (including capital infrastructure investment) in terms of value for money, sustainability, appropriateness and affordability
To conduct research on new technology and investigate and apply National and International best practices.
Monitoring and Evaluation
To ensure the monitoring and evaluation of the impact of strategies and policies implemented on both district and local level with respect to achieving long term goals.
Communication and Coordination
The Planning Department will use existing structures in the organization to communicate the outcome of studies and work conducted by the Department to the communities and other stakeholders.
Sufficient resources are required for the Department/Structure with regard to funding, equipment and administrative support to come to its full potential.
The Structure of the Planning Unit
The Department will consist of the following specialized disciplines which all fall in the scarce skills category:
QUOTE FROM THE GREENPAPER
“There is a feed back loop between monitoring and evaluation, and planning. Performance monitoring and evaluation will assess progress, identify constraints, weaknesses and failure in implementation, and effect mechanisms of correction or enhancement”.
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