Planning Law 3e

Planning Law 3e
04 Mar 2020

About this publication

Now part of the Juta’s Property Law Library series, the third edition provides a comprehensive discussion of the core aspects of South African planning law.

The second edition, Planning Law (2012), reflected more of the new constitutional dispensation that brought with it not only a focus on values and equity, but also the development of an entirely new vision and structure for planning in the three spheres of government. It introduced some basic principles, addressed the apartheid roots of planning law in South Africa and gave detailed attention to the core of planning law.

Since the publication of the second edition, planning law has received increasing attention and the constitutional, legislative and jurisprudential framework has undergone significant contextual development. Evolving constitutional insights are providing a better perspective on the content of planning law and the impact of planning frameworks and decisions on government, in its three spheres, as well as owners and neighbours.

The Constitutional Court has, to a large extent, clarified the different planning competences and how these are allocated to each of the spheres of government. The enactment of the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act 16 of 2013 (SPLUMA) has paved the way for the discipline to develop considerably and to be more integrated. The resultant effect on planning law has been immense and has necessitated this new edition that has been reworked and updated in its entirety. Since planning law is multi-faceted, the book also deals with related administrative, environmental, local government and informal settlement issues. All the relevant legal principles and legislative provisions are amplified by discussions of applicable court decisions.

Contents include

Part I: Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Setting the scene
  • Chapter 2: Towards integration of the planning system
  • Chapter 3: Sources and principles
Part II: Actors and their actions in planning law
  • Chapter 4: The state
  • Chapter 5: Owners and neighbours
Part III: Land management planning and land development management
  • Chapter 6: Land management planning
  • Chapter 7: Land development management
  • Chapter 8: Restrictive conditions
  • Chapter 9: Environmental assessment
  • Chapter 10: Informal settlement
Part IV: Enforcement and compliance
  • Chapter 11: Enforcement and compliance

Case law
Government publications
Internet sites
Subject index

Recommended for

  • Legal Practitioners
  • Planners, administrators and officials who all play a role in the different planning processes
  • Academics and researchers
  • Lecturers and advance planning law students

About authors

  • Author: Jeannie van Wyk
    BBibl (Pretoria) LLB (Unisa) LLM (Witwatersrand) LLD (Unisa)
    Fellow, South African Research Chair in Property Law and
    Emeritus Professor of Law, University of South Africa
  • Volume editor: Juanita Pienaar
    BJuris (cum laude) LLB LLM LLD (North-West University, Potchefstroom)
    Fellow, South African Research Chair in Property Law and
    Professor of Law, Stellenbosch University

General information

  • Edition: 3rd Edition
  • Published: 2020
  • Author: Jeannie Van Wyk
  • Format: Soft cover
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978 1 48513 470 1
  • Extent: 722 pages
  • Retail price – print: R1,195.00
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