Town and Regional Planner
Barrie Watson, Town & Regional Planner, offers a full range of town planning services to clients in Namibia and internationally.
Brochures are available for all the below services.
Service includes planning and designing a new subdivision and carrying out all required procedures, such as data collection, site inspections and consultations, so as to compile and submit the application for the approval of the new subdivision in accordance with the relevant legislation until a final approval certificate is issued.
Def. A minor subdivision is when two or more (up to ten) registerable and sellable erven are created from a single erf or farm portion. More complicated subdivisions may require a change of zoning and may create new access streets.
Service includes identifying the land portions, designing the consolidation plan and carrying out all required procedures, such as data collection, site inspections and consultations, so as to compile and submit the application for the approval of the new consolidation in accordance with the relevant legislation until a final approval certificate is issued.
Def. Consolidation is the joining of two or more erven or farm portions into a larger single site usually to create a better sized site with improved dimensions for a building project.
Service includes planning and designing the new subdivisions in which new cadastral portions are created; obtaining all data and information and carrying out all required procedures, such as site inspections and consultations; compiling and submitting an application for the need and desirability of the subdivision and compiling and submitting an application for the approval of the new street layout in accordance with the relevant legislation until a final approval certificate is issued.
Def. The establishment of a township is when a subdivision of eleven or more portions of a single erf or farm portion is undertaken usually with new access streets, public open space and a range of saleable residential, commercial or industrial sites.
Services include all procedures necessary to prepare a land use management scheme including investigations, surveys, consultations and collecting and compiling of supporting documentation; formulating scheme regulations; preparing a zoning map; preparing a register which records departures and consent approvals and public consultations.
Def. A town planning scheme is a regulatory document used to manage, direct or control the use and development of land within any defined area of jurisdiction of any local authority. Variations that may be allowed are described in the town planning scheme documentation. Variations may be approved with or without conditions. A town planning scheme includes three constituent elements:
Service includes carrying out all the procedures required for a rezoning application, including data collection, site inspections and negotiations; preparing & submitting the application; posting notices and investigating objections; as well as assisting the client to bring the rezoning into effect if it is approved.
Def. A rezoning refers to the amendment of a town planning scheme (or statutory land use management scheme) which is a regulatory document used to manage, direct or control the use and development of land within any defined area of jurisdiction of any local authority.
The service includes the following: the obtaining of plans, documentation, investigations, site inspections, consultations with the client, negotiations with the local authority, the preparation and submission of the application, including any plans or diagrams in accordance with applicable legislation, posting of notices in terms of any statutory provision, investigation of neighbour concerns, and the finalising of all administrative matters to obtain the final decision. Once approved, the client will be advised of requirements to be met and any levies payable to the authorities arising from the approval of the consent use.
Def. A consent use refers to the approval by a local authority of variations or deviations from a town planning scheme. Holders of consent uses frequently operate small scale businesses in non-commercial neighbourhoods
The service is dependant upon the needs of the client, but generally includes: determining the current situation of the planning area and formulating a vision; identifying needs and formulating goals and strategies; creating of planning and development policies; identifying projects and preparing implementation programmes; illustration by means of a spatial framework plan and creating a management mechanism.
Def. A strategic plan for any vacant or developed land is a policy document providing a development framework in which the future uses of land are spelt out. A strategic plan may be known, inter alia, as a structure plan, development policy plan, or integrated land development plan.
Development advice is provided for new investment proposals in which a professional assessment is required of development options, alternatives and potentials within a legal framework and the existing natural and built environment.
Training courses are provided to empower and improve competencies in local and regional government or any other organisation with land management and planning responsibilities. If required, courses can be provided under the umbrella of the University Central Consultancy Bureau (UCCB) of the University of Namibia.
Barrie Watson has been working in the town planning field since 1971. His experience has covered forward planning, development control, suburban layout design and management of new growth and urban development at local government level. To guide these processes he has been responsible for writing and putting into practice appropriate town planning policies. Most recently he has co-authored a policy guide on urbanisation in Namibia as part of a joint initiative for the Ministry of Regional and Local Government Housing and Rural Development and the UN-HABITAT and he has been chief coordinator of the speakers and presentations at the 3-day Inaugural Namibia Conference on Strategic Spatial Planning for Urbanisation opened by the President of the Republic of Namibia on the 26th of June 2012 under the joint auspices of the University and the Namibia Institute of Town & Regional Planners.
He served on the Namibia Townships Board for 20 years until 2009 and has been the Registrar of the Namibia Council of Town and Regional Planners from its inauguration in 2000 until 2011. He has designed courses and he lectures on town planning related subjects at the Polytechnic of Namibia. Currently he is Head of Planning at Telios Namibia Consulting Engineers. A full C.V. is available upon request.
Contact us at:
4 Thorer Street, Windhoek
P.O. Box 9993, Windhoek
Tel: +264 81 1402457
Fax: +264 61 400328
|Telios Namibia Consulting Engineers (Pty) Ltd||
Tel. +264 61 223004
P.O. Box 9993
Town & Regional Planner
|Tel. +264 81 250 5559 Windhoek|
|Registered with:||The Namibia Institute for Town & Regional Planners|
|The Namibia Council for Town & Regional Planners|