URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING ACT

Arrangement of Sections

   Section

PART I
PRELIMINARY

   1.   Short title

   2.   Interpretation

   3.   Principles and standards for urban and regional planning

   4.   Inconsistencies between Acts

   5.   Integrated decision-making processes

PART II
PLANNING MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION

   6.   Planning management and administration

   7.   Role of Minister in planning

   8.   Director of Planning

   9.   Regional planning authorities

   10.   Functions of regional planning authority

   11.   Provincial planning authorities

   12.   Functions of provincial planning authorities

   13.   Establishment of local authorities as planning authorities

   14.   Establishment of planning committees

   15.   Functions of planning committees

PART III
PLANNING FRAMEWORK AND SYSTEM

   16.   National Planning Framework

   17.   Planning guidelines

   18.   Regional development plans

   19.   Integrated development plans

   20.   Contents of integrated development plans

   21.   Local area plans

   22.   Contents of local area plans

   23.   Adoption of local area plans

   24.   Sectoral plans

   25.   Planning agreements

   26.   Consistency of plans

   27.   Recognition of existing plans

PART IV
IMPROVEMENT AREAS

   28.   Declaration of Improvement Areas

   29.   Subdivision and control of Improvement Areas

   30.   Occupancy licence and certificate of title

   31.   Construction of buildings in Improvement Areas

   32.   Attestation of signatures

   33.   Consent for dealing with land

   34.   Loss of occupancy licence

PART V
THE PLANNING PROCESS

   35.   Initiation of planning

   36.   Preparation of planning programme

   37.   Public consultation of proposed planning programme

   38.   Consideration of planning programme by provincial planning authority

   39.   Preparation of integrated development plan

   40.   Public consultations and participation

   41.   Objections and submissions

   42.   Adoption of integrated development plan

   43.   Implementation of integrated development plan

   44.   Calling in of integrated development plan

   45.   Review of integrated development plan

   46.   Partnership with private developers

   47.   Joint planning initiatives

   48.   Acquisition of land

PART VI
PLANNING APPLICATIONS AND PERMISSION

   49.   Planning permission

   50.   Powers of Minister on planning permission

   51.   Effect of grant of planning permission

   52.   Development permit and application

   53.   Consideration of application for development permit

   54.   Notice of intention to object

   55.   Grant or refusal of development permit

   56.   Variation of planning permission

   57.   Amendment or revocation of planning permission

   58.   Public objection and consultation on planning applications

   59.   Appeal against planning decision

   60.   Report to planning committee

   61.   Register of planning applications and permissions

PART VII
PLANNING APPEALS TRIBUNALS

   62.   Planning appeals tribunals

   63.   Immunity of members of planning appeals tribunals

PART VIII
PLANNING CONTROLS AND COMPENSATION

   64.   Planning inspectors

   65.   Enforcement of notices and directions by planning inspector

   66.   Register of enforcement notices

   67.   Enforcement and penalties

   68.   Compensation

   69.   Noncompensation for planning decisions

   70.   Exclusion and limitation of compensation

PART IX
GENERAL PROVISIONS

   71.   Offences and penalties

   72.   Notices

   73.   Right of entry

   74.   Regulations

   75.   Repeal of Cap. 283 and Cap. 194

   76.   Savings and transitional provision

AN ACT

to provide for development, planning and administration principles, standards and requirements for urban and regional planning processes and systems; provide for a framework for administering and managing urban and regional planning for the Republic; provide for a planning framework, guidelines, systems and processes for urban and regional planning for the Republic; establish a democratic, accountable, transparent, participatory and inclusive process for urban and regional planning that allows for involvement of communities, private sector, interest groups and other stakeholders in the planning, implementation and operation of human settlement development; ensure functional efficiency and socioeconomic integration by providing for integration of activities, uses and facilities; establish procedures for integrated urban and regional planning in a devolved system of governance so as to ensure multi-sector cooperation, coordination and involvement of different levels of ministries, provincial administration, local authorities, traditional leaders and other stakeholders in urban and regional planning; ensure sustainable urban and rural development by promoting environmental, social and economic sustainability in development initiatives and controls at all levels of urban and regional planning; ensure uniformity of law and policy with respect to urban and regional planning; repeal the Town and Country Planning Act, 1962, and the Housing (Statutory and Improvement Areas) Act, 1975; and provide for matters connected with, or incidental to, the foregoing.

[14th August, 2015]

Act 3 of 2015.

PART I
PRELIMINARY

 

1.   Short title

This Act may be cited as the Urban and Regional Planning Act.

 

2.   Interpretation

In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—

“agriculture” means the use of land or buildings for, or in connection with, animal husbandry, fish farming, breeding and keeping of livestock, hatcheries, ranching, grazing, poultry, pasture, arable farming, irrigation, tillage, floriculture, flower growing, horticulture, gardening, vegetable growing, fruit or seed growing, mushroom growing, vine growing, citriculture, afforestation, forestry or plantation, but does not include tourism, green grocership, meat processing and the use of land as a garden with a building attached to the land, and “agricultural” shall be construed accordingly;

“amenities” means the quality or condition of a place or area that contributes to its pleasantness, harmony and better living environment, including open spaces, parks, recreation grounds, playgrounds and anything that adds to the attractiveness of a living environment;

“appropriate regulatory agency” means the Minister with responsibility for, or such public body with powers under any other law over, planning, natural resources, environment, construction, buildings, communications, transport, energy or anything that impacts on urban and regional planning and includes a public or statutory office, body or institution under the following—

   (a)   the Water Supply and Sanitation Act, 1997;

   (b)   the Energy Regulation Act;

   (c)   the Mines and Minerals Development Act, 2015;

   (d)   the Public Roads Act, 2002;

   (e)   the Information and Communication Technologies Act, 2009;

   (f)   the Road Traffic Act, 2002;

   (g)   the Environmental Management Act, 2011;

   (h)   the National Council for Construction Act, 2003;

   (i)   the Aviation Act;

   (j)   the Public Health Act;

   (k)   the Persons with Disabilities Act, 2012;

   (l)   the Disaster Management Act, 2010;

   (m)   the Standards Act;

   (n)   the Local Government Act;

   (o)   the Water Resources Management Act, 2011;

   (p)   the Lands Act;

   (q)   the National Heritage Conservation Commission Act; and

   (r)   the Zambia Wildlife Act, 2015;

“area” means the area falling under the jurisdiction of a local authority;

“authorised person” means a person designated, in writing, by a planning authority to do anything required to be done under this Act;

“building” includes any structure or erection or any part thereof, but does not include plant or machinery comprised in a building;

“certificate of title” means a certificate of title to land issued by the Registrar in accordance with the provisions of this Act;

“Chief” means the person recognised as such under the Chiefs Act;

“court” means a subordinate court;

“customary land” has the meaning assigned to it in the Lands Act;

“dealing” means a transaction affecting land;

“development” means the carrying out of any building, rebuilding, mining or other works or operations on or under land, including the subdivision of land or a change in the use of land;

“development permit” means a planning permission granted for the development of land under section 55;

“development plans” means the National Planning Framework, a regional development plan, provincial development plan, integrated development plan, local area plan and sectoral plan;

“Director” means the Director responsible for urban and regional planning provided for in section 8;

“dwelling” means a building or structure or part of a building or structure used or designed to be used for accommodation, and includes any yard or garden appurtenant to or enjoyed with the accommodation;

“Environmental Agency” means the Zambia Environmental Management Agency established under the Environmental Management Act, 2011;

“grant” means a grant of land for a specified term of years made to the local authority for purposes of this Act;

“improvement” includes a building, infrastructure or any other structure of whatever kind on land;

“Improvement Area” means an area of land declared as such in accordance with the provisions of this Act;

“informal settlement” means—

   (a)   groups of people living on land they have no legal claim to;

   (b)   houses of a temporary, semi-permanent or permanent nature erected on land that have not formally been permitted by the planning authority and serviced for residential use under this Act or any other written law;

   (c)   clusters of housing and other structures built without the formal permission of the planning authorities under this Act, any other written law or the repealed Acts; or

   (d)   settlements that have only temporary permission from the planning authority to occupy the settled land;

“integrated development” includes integrated social, economic, environmental, spatial, infrastructural, institutional and organisational development and the provision of amenities and services aimed at alleviating poverty and improving the quality of life of members of a community;

“integrated development plan” means a plan prepared by a planning authority in accordance with section 19;

“land” includes a building, land covered by water and a right in or over land, except a mining right, mineral processing licence or gold panning certificate granted under the Mines and Minerals Development Act, 2015;

“local area plan” means a plan to cover an area of a local authority as provided under section 21;

“local authority” means a city, municipal or district council established under the Local Government Act;

“local planning authority” means a local authority designated as a planning authority by the Minister, by statutory instrument;

“mining” has the meaning assigned to it in the Mines and Minerals Development Act, 2015;

“National Planning Framework” means a plan for national development provided for under section 16;

“plan” includes reports, drawings, maps and models;

“planner” has the meaning assigned to it in the Urban and Regional Planners Act, 2011;

“planning” means the initiation and management of change in the built, socio-economic and natural environment in, and across, a spectrum of sectors and urban and rural areas;

“planning agreement” means an agreement entered into between a local authority and one or more chiefs to facilitate the implementation of an integrated development plan or local area plan in accordance with section 25;

“planning appeals tribunal” means a planning appeals tribunal constituted by the Minister pursuant to section 62;

“planning authority” means a regional planning authority, provincial planning authority or local planning authority;

“planning committee” means a standing committee of a local authority responsible for planning provided for under section 14;

“planning decision” means—

   (a)   a refusal of planning permission by a planning authority;

   (b)   a grant of planning permission by a planning authority; or

   (c)   a notice served under sub-section (2) of section 65;

“planning inspector” means a person designated as such under section 64;

“planning permission” means permission granted to carry out development under section 49;

“provincial development plan” means a plan prepared to cover large areas of a province that are greater than an area of a local authority, and includes land in more than one district;

“Provincial Planner” means the person appointed as such in the Ministry responsible for urban and regional planning;

“provincial planning authority” means an authority established under section 11;

“rate payer” means a person who is liable to a local authority for the payment of rates on property in an area under a written law;

“region” means two or more provinces or parts of a province or different provinces within the boundary of the country as delimitated pursuant to section 9;

“regional development plan” means a plan for two or more districts, two or more provinces or parts of different provinces for coordinating and facilitating the synergy of transportation and the institutional, environmental, infrastructural and socioeconomic activities for the attainment of sustainable development;

“regional planning authority” means an authority established under section 9;

“registrar” means the person appointed as such by a local authority, and includes an assistant registrar or any person appointed to act in that capacity;

“repealed Acts” means the Town and Country Planning Act, 1962 and the Housing (Statutory and Improvement Areas) Act, 1975;

“resident” means a person who ordinarily resides in a district;

“road authority” has the meaning assigned to it in the Public Roads Act, 2002;

“sectoral plan” means a plan prepared for various sectors in an area, including ministries, appropriate regulatory agencies and authorities, as specified under section 24;

“Stateland” has the meaning assigned to it in the Lands Act;

“Surveyor-General” means the Surveyor-General appointed under section 4 of the Land Survey Act;

“transfer” in relation to land, means the passing of that land or an interest in the land by act of the parties rather than by operation of law;

“transferee” means a person to whom an occupancy licence is issued in accordance with the provisions of this Act; and

“utilities” includes roads, water and electricity supply, street lighting, sewerage and sanitation, drainage, public works and other similar public services and conveniences.

 

3.   Principles and standards for urban and regional planning

   (1) The following principles shall apply to the national, regional, provincial, district and local planning frameworks, systems and processes—

   (a)   the territory of Zambia shall be developed or organised and protected by integrative planning and systems;

   (b)   prescribed standards shall, as far as is possible, be on the basis of area specific or functional features at district, provincial and national levels;

   (c)   planning procedures shall incorporate environmental standards and requirements specified in any law relating to the environment and natural resources;

   (d)   where there are conflicts between or amongst the district, provincial and national plans, these shall be resolved by the Minister;

   (e)   social and economic demands impacting on an area shall take into account the environmental and ecological factors of the area;

   (f)   locational prerequisites for economic development shall be ensured;

   (g)   the characteristics and diversity of particular areas shall be protected and enhanced;

   (h)   the development, organisation and protection of districts shall match the conditions and requirements of the Republic as a whole and shall take into account the conditions and requirements of each Province; and

   (i)   any other principles as may be prescribed.

   (2) Without prejudice to sub-section (1), national, regional, provincial, district and local planning shall be governed by the following standards—

   (a)   there shall be a well-balanced system of settlements and open spaces, where a large-scale and integrative system of open spaces shall be maintained and improved;

   (b)   a functioning ecosystem shall be maintained in built-up and non-built up areas;

   (c)   there shall be balanced economic, infrastructural, social, ecological and cultural conditions in each Province;

   (d)   the State shall ensure easy access to, and in, the Provinces through passenger and goods transport;

   (e)   decentralisation and historical and cultural relationships shall be recognised in the planning function;

   (f)   the State shall establish well balanced economic structures in each Province, where sufficiently large areas shall be reserved for improving the locational conditions for economic development and infrastructure facilities which are closely concerned with industry and the provision of services, training facilities and commercial activities;

   (g)   the reuse or redevelopment of derelict settlement areas shall be given priority over the use of open space;

   (h)   infrastructure development shall be harmonised with the systems of settlements and open spaces;

   (i)   local inhabitants shall be provided with basic technical infrastructure installations covering all utilities;

   (j)   areas shall be established for residential, industrial, commercial, trade, markets and social services;

   (k)   rural areas shall be developed as residential and economic areas of a district; and

   (l)   natural surroundings and landscapes, including water bodies and forests, shall be protected, enhanced and, where appropriate, developed as part of the planning function to enhance the beauty and environmental sustainability of the areas.

 

4.   Inconsistencies between Acts

Subject to the Constitution, where there is an inconsistency between the provisions of this Act and the provisions of any other written law relating to planning that is not a specific subject-related law on a particular element of planning, the provisions of this Act shall prevail to the extent of the inconsistency.

 

5.   Integrated decision-making processes

   (1) A planning authority shall, as far as is reasonably practicable, for purposes of securing an efficient planning framework and discharge of functions under this Act, liaise with appropriate regulatory authorities and take into account the requirements specified under the relevant laws.

   (2) A planning authority shall, for the efficient issue of planning permission and other authorisations under this Act, establish an integrated decision-making process or conform with a regulatory clearance system established under the Business Regulatory Act, 2014.

PART II
PLANNING MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION

 

6.   Planning management and administration

   (1) The National Planning Framework of the Republic shall be administered and managed by the following—

   (a)   the Director;

   (b)   the planning authorities; and

   (c)   any other body designated as a planning authority by the Minister, by statutory instrument.

   (2) Planning shall be hierarchical in nature, from the national level proceeding to the regional, provincial and district levels and in like manner planning authorities shall be so ranked.

   (3) In the planning process, lower level planning authorities and plans shall comply with the provisions of the higher plans.

 

7.   Role of Minister in planning

   (1) The Minister shall be—

   (a)   responsible for the implementation of this Act; and

   (b)   the final approvals authority for all plans prepared by planning authorities.

   (2) The Minister shall, for the purpose of this Act—

   (a)   designate, by statutory instrument, regional, provincial and local planning authorities;

   (b)   prescribe planning guidelines, strategies and standards;

   (c)   prescribe procedures and other methodologies to guide planning authorities in the carrying out of their functions;

   (d)   establish uniform processes and procedures to be used by planning authorities in the region;

   (e)   prescribe, and where necessary, review and adjust general key performance indicators and targets for planning;

   (f)   assist local authorities in pursuing performance indicators and targets for planning;

   (g)   coordinate planning and the provision of public and community services and facilities;

   (h)   investigate the social aspects of economic activity and population distribution in relation to the distribution of utility services and facilities;

   (i)   monitor progress and performance in planning and initiate the taking of remedial action, where necessary;

   (j)   approve regional development plans and strategies;

   (k)   ensure that training and skills development are provided to planning committees; and

   (l)   call in development plans and applications for planning permission where—

      (i)   the planning authority fails to meet the requirements for plan preparation under this Act;

      (ii)   the plan does not comply with the principles, requirements and standards specified under section 3 and planning guidelines provided under section 17; or

      (iii)   the planning permission is contrary to the provision of an approved development plan.

   (3) The Minister may, for purposes of this Act, give directions to any planning authority regarding development plans and applications for planning permission and development permits, which are consistent with the provisions of this Act, and the planning authority shall give effect to those directions.

 

8.   Director of Planning

   (1) There shall be a Director of Planning in the Ministry who shall be a public officer and principal adviser to the Minister on matters relating to urban and regional planning.

   (2) The functions of the Director are to—

   (a)   conduct, promote and coordinate research in relation to any aspect of urban and regional planning;

   (b)   publish reports, bulletins, statistics, monographs and other publications relating to urban and regional planning and its methodologies as specified in this Act;

   (c)   provide information and education to the public regarding the planning undertaken by planning authorities;

   (d)   report to and advise the Minister on the progress made by planning authorities in the performance of their functions under this Act, and the compliance of planning authorities with the principles, requirements, standards and guidelines specified under this Act;

   (e)   monitor the implementation of standards, guidelines and procedures for regional planning; and

   (f)   establish and maintain liaison and cooperation with planning authorities.

   (3) The Director shall submit a National Planning Framework to the Minister for approval in accordance with section 16.

 

9.   Regional planning authorities

   (1) The Minister shall constitute regional planning authorities for a region, on an ad hoc basis, to spearhead planning for that region.

   (2) A regional planning authority shall consist of the following members who shall be appointed by the Minister—

   (a)   five members qualified in planning, environmental management, law, land surveying, architecture or any other related or relevant field, nominated by the provincial planning authorities in the region;

   (b)   a representative of each of the planning authorities in the region;

   (c)   two representatives of the chiefs in the region, nominated by the Chiefs in the region;

   (d)   two representatives of business organisations operating in the region; and

   (e)   two representatives of the civil society organisations operating in the region.

   (3) The Minister shall, when appointing members under sub-section (2), ensure equitable gender representation.

   (4) The Minister shall appoint the chairperson and the members shall elect the Vice-Chairperson of the regional planning authority from among the members of the regional planning authority.

   (5) A member of the regional planning authority shall hold office for such period as may be prescribed.

   (6) A person shall not be appointed a member of a regional planning authority if that person—

   (a)   is an undischarged bankrupt; or

   (b)   has within a period of five years preceding the proposed appointment—

      (i)   been convicted of an offence involving fraud or dishonesty;

      (ii)   been convicted of an offence under any law and sentenced to imprisonment for a period exceeding six months without the option of a fine; or

      (iii)   been found guilty of professional misconduct under any law.

   (7) The Minister may, by statutory instrument, delimitate the area in a region for purposes of national development, prescribe the procedures, reporting structures and administration of regional planning authorities.

   (8) The Minister shall cause to be published in the Gazette the names of the members of an ad hoc regional planning authority, constituted under sub-section (1), and the markings of the boundaries constituting the region.

   (9) The Director shall—

   (a)   be the secretary to the regional planning authority; and

   (b)   coordinate the nomination of members of the regional planning authority and recommend the members for appointment by the Minister.

 

10.   Functions of regional planning authority

   (1) The functions of a regional planning authority are to—

   (a)   coordinate the preparation of the regional development plan;

   (b)   advise and assist planning authorities within the region on the preparation of development plans to ensure compliance with the regional plan and the National Planning Framework;

   (c)   plan and coordinate the provision of infrastructure and facilities for the region;

   (d)   conduct research required for regional planning;

   (e)   recommend to the Minister such measures as may be necessary to comply with the principles and standards specified under section 3; and

   (f)   carry out such other functions as are incidental and necessary to regional planning.

   (2) A regional planning authority shall furnish the Minister with such returns, reports, plans and other information relating to its functions as may be determined by the Minister.

   (3) The expenses of a regional planning authority shall be met by the Ministry.

 

11.   Provincial planning authorities

   (1) There is established for each Province a provincial planning authority.

   (2) A provincial planning authority shall consist of the following members appointed by the Minister—

   (a)   five members qualified in planning, public health, law, land surveying, architecture or any other related fields, nominated by the local authorities in the Province;

   (b)   two representatives of the chiefdoms in the Province, nominated by the Chiefs in the Province;

   (c)   two representatives of business organisations operating in the province; and

   (d)   two representatives of civil society organisations operating in the Province.

   (3) The Minister shall, when appointing members under sub-section (2), ensure equitable gender representation.

   (4) The Minister shall appoint the Chairperson and the members shall elect the Vice-Chairperson of the provincial planning authority from among the members of the provincial planning authority.

   (5) A member of the provincial planning authority shall hold office for three years and is eligible for appointment for a further and final term of three years.

   (6) A person shall not be appointed a member of a provincial planning authority if that person—

   (a)   is an undischarged bankrupt; or

   (b)   has within a period of five years preceding the proposed appointment—

      (i)   been convicted of an offence involving fraud or dishonesty;

      (ii)   been convicted of an offence under any written law and sentenced to imprisonment for a period exceeding six months without the option of a fine; or

      (iii)   been found guilty of professional misconduct under any law.

   (7) The Minister may, by statutory instrument, prescribe the procedures, reporting structures and administration of provincial planning authorities.

   (8) The Provincial Planner shall—

   (a)   be the Secretary to the provincial planning authority; and

   (b)   coordinate the nomination of members of the provincial planning authority and recommend the members for appointment by the Minister.

 

12.   Functions of provincial planning authorities

   (1) A provincial planning authority shall be responsible for all planning activities for the province and shall—

   (a)   monitor and advise on the planning, drafting, adoption and review of integrated development plans and local area plans;

   (b)   facilitate the coordination and alignment of—

      (i)   the integrated development plans of local planning authorities within the Province; and

      (ii)   the integrated development plans and local area plans of local planning authorities with the National Planning Framework and regional development plans;

   (c)   take appropriate steps to resolve disputes or differences relating to the planning, drafting, adoption or review of integrated development plans and local area plans between local planning authorities in the Province, as may be prescribed, and refer the disputes that are not settled to the Minister;

   (d)   assess integrated development plans and local area plans in terms of adherence to the principles, requirements, standards and planning guidelines provided for under this Act;

   (e)   oversee all planning activities in the Province;

   (f)   assist local authorities in planning, drafting, adopting, implementing and reviewing their integrated development plans and local area plans; and

   (g)   perform any other functions relating to planning in the Province as directed, in writing, by the Minister.

   (2) A provincial planning authority shall, where a local planning authority fails to perform its functions under this Act, recommend to the Minister the suspension or revocation of the local authority as a planning authority.

   (3) A provincial planning authority shall, where the appointment of a local authority as a planning authority is revoked or suspended pursuant to sub-section (2), perform the functions of the local planning authority.

 

13.   Establishment of local authorities as local planning authorities

   (1) A local authority shall, for the purposes of this Act, be designated as a planning authority for its area by the Minister, by statutory instrument.

   (2) The functions of a local planning authority are to—

   (a)   regulate, control and plan for the development and use of land and buildings within its area;

   (b)   prepare and implement integrated development plans, local area plans and sectoral plans in accordance with this Act;

   (c)   receive and process applications for planning permission for the development of land;

   (d)   operate services and maintain infrastructure in its area;

   (e)   promote and facilitate sustainable land use in accordance with this Act and any other written law; and

   (f)   perform any other planning and development functions as are necessary for the implementation of this Act.

   (3) A local planning authority shall furnish the Minister with such returns, plans, documents or any other information relating to its activities under this Act as the Minister may request or as may be prescribed.

   (4) The Minister may, by statutory instrument, designate local authorities as local planning authorities, prescribe the procedures, reporting structures, secretariat services for, and administration of, local planning authorities.

 

14.   Establishment of planning committees

   (1) The standing committee of a local authority responsible for planning shall be the planning committee for purposes of this Act.

   (2) The Provincial Planner shall be an ex officio member of all the planning committees within the Province.

   (3) A local authority shall, within 10 days of the establishment or appointment of a planning committee, submit the names of the members of the planning committee to the Provincial Planner for submission for information to the Minister.

   (4) Where a local authority does not establish a planning committee in accordance with this section or does not meet the requirements of this Act, the relevant provincial planning authority shall perform the functions of the planning committee under this Act.

   (5) The planning department of a local authority shall provide the secretarial and administrative support to the planning committee.

 

15.   Functions of planning committees

   (1) A planning committee shall—

   (a)   recommend for adoption the integrated development plans, local area plans and any other plan prepared by the local planning authority in accordance with this Act;

   (b)   recommend modifications or changes to the integrated development plan, local area plan and any other plan prepared by the local planning authority in accordance with this Act;

   (c)   consider and make planning decisions on applications for development as prescribed; and

   (d)   monitor the implementation and enforcement of the integrated development plans, local area plans and any other plan prepared by the local planning authority in accordance with this Act.

   (2) A planning committee shall, in performing its functions under this Act, have regard to the reports and recommendations of the planning department of the local authority.

   (3) A planning committee shall report to the council of the local authority.

PART III
PLANNING FRAMEWORK AND SYSTEM

 

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