CHAPTER 116
NATIONAL LAND USE PLANNING COMMISSION ACT

[PRINCIPAL LEGISLATION]

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   Section

Title

PART I
PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS

   1.   Short title.

   2.   Interpretation.

PART II
THE NATIONAL LAND USE PLANNING COMMISSION

   3.   Establishment of the Commission.

   4.   Functions of the Commission.

   5.   General powers of the Commission.

   6.   District and Regional Advisory Committees.

   7.   Director-General of the Commission.

   8.   Duties of the Director-General.

   9.   The staff of the Commission.

   10.   Delegation of powers of appointment.

   11.   Committees.

   12.   Commission may call for information.

   13.   Minister may give directions.

PART III
FINANCIAL PROVISIONS

   14.   Funds of the Commission.

   15.   Power of Minister to impose duty.

   16.   Commission may charge fees.

   17.   Annual estimates.

   18.   Accounts and audit.

SCHEDULE

CHAPTER 116
THE NATIONAL LAND USE PLANNING COMMISSION ACT

An Act to provide for the establishment of the National Land Use Planning Commission, to provide for its functions and for related matters.

[7th October, 1985]
[G.N. No. 316 of 1985]

Act No. 3 of 1984

PART I
PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS (ss 1-2)

1.   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the National Land Use Planning Commission Act.

2.   Interpretation

   In this Act, unless the context requires otherwise–

   "beneficial use" means a use of the land that is conducive to public benefit, welfare, safety or health;

   "Chairman" means the Chairman of the Commission;

   "Commission" means the National Land Use Planning Commission established under section 3;

   "Director-General" means the Director-General of the Commission appointed under section 7;

   "land use" means the purpose for which a lot, plot, parcel, or tract of land, building, structure or premises or part of it is used or occupied or is intended to be used or occupied;

   "Land Use Plan" means a land use plan required under this Act;

   "Minister" means the Minister responsible for matters relating to land administration.

PART II
THE NATIONAL LAND USE PLANNING COMMISSION (ss 3-13)

3.   Establishment of the Commission

   (1) There is hereby established a Commission which shall be known as the National Land Use Planning Commission.

   (2) The Commission shall be a body corporate and shall–

   (a)   have perpetual succession and an official seal;

   (b)   in its corporate name, be capable of suing and being sued;

   (c)   subject to this Act, be capable of holding, purchasing or acquiring in any other way, any movable or immovable property and of disposing any of its property for the purpose of carrying out the functions conferred on the Commission by this Act.

   (3) The provisions of the Schedule to this Act shall have effect as to the constitution and the procedure of the Commission and to other matters in relation to it.

   (4) Save for the provisions relating to the appointment of the Chairman, the Minister may, by order published in the Gazette amend, add to, vary, revoke or replace any of the provisions of the Schedule.

   (5) The Commission may, with the approval of the Minister, co-opt any additional members for a specified meeting or other purpose but no co-opted member shall have the right to vote.

4.   Functions of the Commission

   (1) The Commission shall be the principal advisory organ of the Government on all matters related to land use and, for that purpose, shall–

   (a)   formulate policy on land use planning and recommend its implementation by the Government;

   (b)   co-ordinate the activities of all bodies concerned with land use planning matters and serve as a channel of communication between these bodies and the Government;

   (c)   evaluate existing and proposed policies and the activities of the Government directed to the safe-guarding of land against its wrongful, wasteful or premature use of development and, on the basis of that, recommend to the Government policies and programmes which will achieve more effective protection and enhancement of the land quality and encourage better land use planning;

   (d)   recommend measures to ensure that Government policies including those for the development and conservation of land take adequate account of its effects on land use;

   (e)   stimulate public and private participation in programmes and activities related to land use planning for the national beneficial use of the land;

   (f)   foster co-operation between the Government, local government authorities and other bodies of persons engaged in land use planning programmes;

   (g)   seek the advancement of scientific knowledge of changes in land use and encourage the development of technology to prevent or minimise adverse effects that endangers man's health or welfare;

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