EVS Planning is a town and regional planning firm and property consultancy and has no connecton with any other professional firm or group. For some specialised commissions, we work in collaboration with other respectable independent firms and individuals from other disciplines. Specialists such as economists, demographers, environmentalists, marketing researchers, land surveyors, engineers and architects are consulted if and when circumstances warrant it.
Our attitude is that the purpose of planning is not to produce plans, but to produce results on a consistent basis. Planning, clearly, is the means to an end and not a goal in itself.
The firm favours a comprehensive approach in the broadest sense to planning and development. For this reason, we favour a planning approach where community participation receives priority and full participation by interested parties and role players is encouraged.
We endeavour to follow an action-based process to ensure that there are reciprocal inputs, response and acceptance to our work. We believe that a planning project should be strictly co-ordinated and that close liaison with relevant role players is essential.
In Southern Africa, EVS Planning provides a broad range of services in consulting town and regional planning to private, corporate and government clients.
Specifically, our services include:
- Development Planning
- Integrated Development Plans
- Land Use Management Schemes
- Township Layout and Establishment
- Amendment Schemes/Rezonings
- Consent Use Applications
- Subdivisions and Consolidations
- Project Management in the Planning field
- Land Use Feasibility Studies
- General Property Consultancy and advice
Since its inception, EVS Planning has never discriminated against any person on the basis of race, gender or religion. It was, in fact, the first town and regional planning firm that, from 1978, made bursaries available, inter alia, to a disadvantaged student. This enabled him to obtain a Town and Regional Planning degree at the University of the Witwatersrand. The recipient, after qualifying, emigrated to the United States of America and where he is now residing.
In the area of training, we have adopted a policy of empowerment both outside and within the firm that we believe will bring long-term benefits to recipients. We are firmly committed to, and involved in, the practical application of the improvement of the lives of previously disadvantaged individuals.
The firm has a total staff of 6 persons and has established a Non Profit Company called Future EVS NPO. This NPO is a 51% shareholder in EVS Town Planning Pty Ltd where the beneficiary is Miss N S Mbuthu who is also regarded as part of the Executive Management team of the Company. The firm is therefore a Level 3 Contributor in terms of the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Act 53 of 2003 as Amended per Act 46 of 2013.
In the area of training, we have adopted a policy of empowerment both outside and within the firm that we believe will bring long-term benefits to recipients. We are firmly committed to, and involved in, the practical application of the improvement of the lives of previously disadvantaged individuals. The extensive knowledge and experience of our staff with public and private work ensures that our planning always retains that measure of realism, pragmatism and feasibility which is sometimes lacking in the often theoretical and experimental approaches followed with such processes and planning exercises.
We pride ourselves on the fact that apart from a large number of public bodies that we count amongst our clients, we are consultants to many of the largest and most prominent developers. Most of our planning of the past has largely been implemented and came to fruition.