Erven backlog finally up to date

12 April 2018 | Government

The task of bringing almost 500 backlogged town planning applications up to date – of which some date back to 2010 – has finally been completed.

The City of Windhoek's urban policy division in the department of urban and transport planning, set out to resolve the massive backlog in September last year, subject to the principle that any deviation from council policy or public objection be submitted for consideration to council.

During this time there was an active motion by the private sector to convince the ministry of urban and rural development to proclaim over two hundred of the 469 applications. “This would have resulted in approval by default without any consideration of the technical input normally provided by the City of Windhoek, nor the payment of any betterment fees for infrastructure upgrades,” according to the CoW monthly council meeting document.

The urban policy division prioritised 217 applications for finalisation while negotiating with the ministry to withdraw the amendment scheme. After confirmation by the CoW that the applications under dispute were successfully processed, the scheme was withdrawn. In February this year, the final batch of backlog applications were submitted to council.

A total of 249 applications from 2010 to 2016 were approved, while 112 were not approved. A total of 76 applications for 2017 were approved and 144 were not approved.

According to the CoW, the process of submitting items in bulk to council was successful and key to processing the backlog. Council supports the continuation of this practise for future submissions on a monthly basis.

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