THE Livingstone City Council has acquired a Geographical Information System (GPS) in a quest to provide and manage land effectively, Southern Province Local Government Officer Charlston Hamulyata has said.
Mr Hamulyata said the local authority had managed to purchase a GPS, an instrument which the local authority would use to plan for land so that only planned land should be given out to developers and other applicants.
He said in an interview in Livingstone at the weekend that the council would previously put an advert on plots but there was no size of land and numbers of plots that were planned.
Last week, Mr Hamulyata officiated Livingstone at New Fairmount Hotel yesterday when he officiated at the stakeholder validation workshop for the Livingstone City Council’s first ever Strategic Plan for the period 2017 to 2021.
“You cannot sell land that does not exist. If you get money from applicants on non-existent land, you are obliged to find land.
“The Strategic for the Livingstone City Council for the period 2017 to 2021 is trying to address some of the land challenges by coming up with a proper land policy so that the land here in Livingstone will be strategically documented using Geographical Information Systems.
“This will enable the council offload land to prospective developers. The process will be shorter online now,” Mr Hamulyata said.
He said the GPS would also help to formalise matters of infrastructure development.
“Using the GPS, we will know that this is a road reserve and we cannot give land. We want development to be demand driven. The local authority in Livingstone today is more reactive
“We should have a service charter on service management in terms of how we are going to manage waste,” he said.