What is Physical Planning Division?
Physical Planning is the people combining resources and ideas/knowledge to facilitate economic development upon land. It is the spatial expression of the desired form of social and economic development.
Development Planning prepares or facilitate preparation of physical development plans for urban, provincial and local areas of Papua New Guinea .
The role of the OCPP is give advice and assist with statutory procedures, preparation of TOR and monitor the progress evaluate and report to the National Physical Planning Board.
Development plans should be prepared by the provincial governments, Local Level Governments or private consultants, with assistance, advices and directions from the Office of Chief Physical Planner
The framework formulates physical planning policies in land use, urban resettlement, subdivision design, infrastructure and urbanization. It also sets planning guidelines and monitors planning standards through preparation or review of circulars and handbooks and inspections of performance of offices and boards.
• Sustainable Land Use Policy being drafted.
• National Urbanization Policy being drafted.
Respective Boards are required by the Physical Planning Act to deliver decisions of the Board within 14 days from the date of the decision.
The zoning of land in each town is referred to each respective zoning plan of towns declared physical planning areas.
It is the requirement of the Physical Planning Act, Section 15 (2) that the Boards must meet once every quarter of each year if there are applications to be considered.
Applicants are required to lodge their planning applications at each provincial physical planning offices nationwide.
The fees payment depends on the type application forwarded. The Development assessment coordinators in each province should assist applicants to calculate the amount of fees required.
Applications should be considered within 3 months of receipt, acknowledgement and registration by the Physical Planning Offices
Conforming Use applications and Deem permission applications are issued with certificates by development assessment coordinators in each province without going through the Board system.
Non compliant applications are considered either by the Provincial Physical Planning Boards, the NCD Physical Planning Board or the National Physical Planning Board respectively depending on where the development takes place.
Appeals are made for the following circumstances:-
• Refusal of applications by Boards.
• A condition imposed on approval of planning permission
• An order for the preservation of trees.
• A requirement by a Board to supply additional information
• Non determination within the prescribed time
• A Stop Work Notice under Section 99 (1).
• A Demolition Notice under Section 99 (2).
• The declaration of a zone under Section 71, (except as provided under subsection (3), provided that in the case of paragraph (f) and (g), the appeal may only be used on the grounds that the operations are authorized under the Act.
Appeals are valid if submitted to the Tribunal within three months from the date of the decision.
The revised Physical Planning Regulation 2003 has included fees for appeals and it is K500.00.
It is the requirement of the Physical Planning Act that the Tribunal must meet once every quarter if there are appeal matters to be considered.