THE DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING
Among the salient functions of the Department of Planning include: identification of vacant land for immediate and future development; creation of plots provision of information to the public on land use; socio-economic planning; environmental planning; HIV/AIDS mainstreaming; gender mainstreaming.
The department is headed by the District Planning Officer who supervises the following sections;
- Socio-Economic Planning Section
- Physical Planning Section
- Public Health Section
- District AIDS Coordination Advisor Unit
Socio Economic Planning Section
The Socio Economic Planning Section undertakes planning in order to enhance implementation of Council development plans and programmes. The section therefore integrates physical and socio-economic planning approaches in strategic planning and development planning of the district and council while aligning them to provincial and national plans. The main role of the Section includes:
- Planning of socio-economic programmes in order to improve the wellbeing of the residents in the district. This includes among others coordinating projects life cycle at district level for projects under Constituency Development Fund, Ward Development Fund and other projects in the district.
- Capacity building of community members in order to enhance participation in development programmes.
- Monitoring and evaluation of development programmes in order to facilitate implementation of appropriate interventions.
- Preparation of project proposals in order to enhance developmental programmes.
- Conducting effective and efficient research on prevailing socio-economic conditions in order to recommend appropriate interventions.
- Managing the financial and material resources to enhance the operations of the section.
- Gender mainstreaming in the district.
Physical Planning Section
The section undertakes land use planning in order to achieve coordinated development, aesthetically acceptable local environment and the enforcement of relevant laws by the buildings inspectorate in order to ensure compliance with building standards and regulations.
- Coordinates and undertakes timely the grant of Planning Permission so that new developments are done in accordance with the required standards within the right zoning.
- Coordinates and undertakes effectively the design of draft local area plans in order to inform the development plans.
- Facilitates and undertakes the submission of new layout plans for numbering in order to enhance land identification.
- Prepares timely enforcement notices on illegal developments in order to guide on demolitions of buildings.
Public Health Section
The Public Health Section is responsible for the delivery of public health services and enforcement of laws on environmental health in order to minimize health and safety hazards. In order to achieve this, different key result areas are done in order to prevent diseases and promote good health.
- Legal enforcement: Under this area, the section is responsible for the undertaking effectively the enforcement of the Public Health Act Cap 295 and other related Acts of the Laws of Zambia in order to ensure compliance.
- Inspection of trading premises: In order to ensure that public health standards are maintained, the section is responsible for carrying out inspection of premises and monitoring of pollution levels in the district in order to ensure adherence and compliance to environmental laws.
- Food sampling: Meat and other foods are a great source of disease transmission through their consumption in an unfit condition. In order to curb this, the section is responsible for taking samples to the Food and Drugs Control Laboratory in order to ensure that the food people are consuming is fit for human consumption. Regular inspection of meat and other foods is also done.
- Prevention and control of communicable diseases: The control of communicable diseases.
- Disposal of the dead. It is the role of the Public Health section to see to it that the disposal of the dead is controlled in the township by allocation of grave spaces, provision of burial permits and also disposal of destitute in an event of having unclaimed bodies.
- Maintaining the township clean in order to ensure that the district is clean and free from debris which causes harm or danger to the body and environment.
- Regulation of the sale and use of liquor in the district.
District AIDS Coordination Advisor Unit
- Provide policy guidance to Local Authorities on the National decentralized multi sectoral response and support the Planning Department and sub-district structures to interpret and facilitate implementation of Government mainstreaming policies on HIV/AIDS in all departmental programmes.
- Liaison, Information sharing and Co-ordination – Support the local Authority through the HIV and AIDS Committee to effectively co-ordinate the local response in line with the priorities of the National HIV and AIDS Strategic Framework.
- Support the Local Authority in the preparation of costed District Developmental Plans and ensure mainstreaming of HIV and AIDS in sector developmental plans.
- Co-ordinates and supervises the activities of the decentralized HIV multi-sectoral response at District and sub-district level
- Support the undertaking of HIV and AIDS research activities and the sub national level and participate in the generation of evidence based plans based on the research findings
- Facilitate the collection, storage, retrieval and analysis of the local data on HIV and AIDS for planning and decision making at various levels of the local Authority
- Participate in annual horizontal and vertical management function of the Local Authority
- Provide expertise and technical assistance to implementing Partners at District and sub-district level on HIV/AIDS
- Facilitate staff development and training in HIV/AIDS and Gender mainstreaming at District and sub-district levels.