WHAT IS THE IDP?
The Integrated Development Plan (IDP) is a five-year plan which local government is required to compile to determine the development needs of the municipality. The projects within the IDP is also linked to the municipality’s budget. The most recent IDP for Knysna covers the planning period 2012 to 2017.
Because things can change very quickly, the IDP is reviewed annually. It does not only determine the status of the identified projects for the previous year but also whether the remaining projects are still relevant and priority.
The review process incorporates public participation, which gives citizens opportunity to highlight and prioritise their development needs. While not all projects may make it onto the budget, there are other ways (such as an annual R200 000 for every ward) in which some of these needs can be met. The municipality encourages citizens to participate in IDP meetings to ensure that their needs are made known. Citizens can also communicate via their Ward Committees and Ward Councillors.