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Land Use Planning

What is land use planning?
Planning helps determine how communities will grow and how they will adjust to change. Planning creates the vision for the community, identifies current problems, analyzes trends, engages community members in dialogue about goals and issues, and sets the framework for growth and change. By using data, good planning practices, and balancing the needs of citizens, businesses, and civic leaders, planners can help make great communities.
  1. Master Planning
  • The Master Plan is a land use and infrastructure plan that sets forth local goals, objectives and policies for community growth and/or redevelopment over the next 20- 30 years. It has sometimes been referred to as a comprehensive plan, future land use plan, basic plan, general plan or other term.
  • The Master Plan serves as the basis for the local zoning ordinance, subdivision regulations, other local land use regulations, and for ensuring that capital improvements are consistent with the community goals and policies expressed in the master plan. The relationship between the Master Plan and Zoning Ordinance is often misunderstood. The Master Plan is a guide for land use for the future; the Zoning Ordinance regulates the use of land in the present.
  • The Master Plan contains a future land use plan and map; this is often mistaken for zoning. A future land use map is a planning tool used to determine what development should occur and where over the next 20 years. The zoning map shows where the current restrictions are. A future land use map does not mean a property is re-zoned or will be re-zoned. It is a planning tool only.
  1. Zoning Ordinances
The Zoning Ordinance is a legal regulation of the use of land. Land is divided into zones (called zoning districts), each of which permits certain uses of land according to specific standards. This is done by controlling land uses, density, building height and bulk, lot sizes, building setbacks, accessory uses, parking, signs, etc. Typical zoning districts include Residential, Commercial, Industrial, and Agricultural. Districts and regulations vary between units of government: cities and peri - urban and tend to have more districts and regulations than rural areas.
  1. TLTB Master Land Use Planinng
TLTB as a land management organization aligns its core business and roles to the National Development framework through its vision statement “Excellence in land management services to meet the expectation of all stakeholders’’. As an enabling organization, it is important that current and appropriate land management plans, regulations and policies are in place to guide all sectors in the development of ITaukei land in a sustainable, most desirable and profitable value in the long term.

As part of its strategic spatial planning, the SPRD department is preparing the TLTB Master Landuse plans for the Greater Suva region, Greater West region and intend to begin on the Greater North landuse plans in 2019.
The masterplan will give TLTB and collaborative partners a clear regional context within which to plan and manage urban and regional development programs including land supply and informal settlements upgrading. At the broader level it will inform landowners, communities, NGO’s and other interested parties about the way in which these ITaukei lands should be planned and managed.


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