Call for municipal planning tribunal applications

Applications to serve on the planning tribunal are opened

The City of Cape Town is calling for applications and nominations for members to form part of the Municipal Planning Tribunal (MPT).

The MPT is mandated to consider and decide on land use and development applications submitted to the City’s Development Management Department.

The MPT was established in July 2015 when the Municipal Planning By-law came into effect. A total of 25 members serve on the MPT, nine of whom are professionals from the private sector. The external members’ contract period expires on June 30.

The City’s Mayoral committee member for spatial planning and environment, Marian Nieuwoudt, said this was a great opportunity for professionals to contribute to and influence Cape Town’s built environment.

“We are calling on residents and interested parties to apply or nominate external members to serve on the tribunal. The MPT fulfils a very important function and those wanting to serve on the tribunal must have the time and experience to attend to the duties as provided for in planning legislation.”

She said members must also have knowledge and experience in any one, or all of the disciplines of spatial planning, land use management, land development, and the applicable laws.

The closing date for submissions and nominations is Friday February 26. New members’ contract period will start on Thursday July 1.

Members of the MPT are expected to prepare for and attend regional panel meetings, at least once a week, participate in meetings, conduct site visits, and fulfil other duties and functions provided for in legislation. External members are appointed for a period of five years, and their contract is renewable once. Their full term may not exceed 10 years.

Completed applications or nominations, accompanied by the applicant or nominee’s CV, must be sent to: