2. Scrutinise the title deed to identify any restrictive conditions that will have an influence on the proposed development. In older townships, some title deeds contain specific conditions of a “town planning scheme” nature, building-line restrictions and servitude information and restrictions. As the title deed conditions overrule any other conditions prescribed by an operating town planning scheme or re-zoning procedure, it will be wise to identify such restrictive conditions as soon as possible, as it can be a long process to get such conditions cancelled by the provincial authority.
3. In the case of buildings to be erected, a proper “base plan” is required that indicates:
|a) The contours at intervals between 0,50 and 0,25 metres, depending on the slope of the terrain. Where the property has a steep slope, land surveyors are suitably equipped to assist in the design levels for buildings and engineering services in order to minimise “cut and fill” volumes. Unnecessary earthwork can be avoided, saving money and time. For the positioning of the buildings, exclusive use areas and services, the land surveyor can give useful inputs and provide guidance in order to ensure that there are no encroachments and that the common property and exclusive use areas of the scheme is well defined.b) The position of existing roads and services (water, sewer, electrical, telephone, storm water, etc.) where the new development will connect onto. It is not uncommon to find that the available “as built” plans that are provided are actually “as planned”, and not “as built”.|
6. Where new buildings are erected, it is a good idea that the contractor and land surveyor coordinate their efforts in order that the middle of walls can be measured (fixed) during construction. (Middle of walls generally defines the boundaries of sections). This will save some time and simplify the calculation of areas of sections as well as the compilation of the survey records that are to be lodged with the Surveyor-General.
Article reference: Paddocks Press: Volume 6, Issue 9, Page 3
Martin Coetsee is a professional land surveyor – Coetsee Nel incorporated
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