Cape Town spurns urban edge restrictions

The GCTCA subscribes to the principles of urban edge protection and in this regard supports the purpose and function of an urban edge as defined in the Provincial Spatial Development Framework.

The purpose of an urban edge is to manage, direct and phase urban growth pro-actively and to protect environmental resources outside of the urban area.

The function of an urban edge is two-fold, namely :

  • It is a growth management tool, used to limit sprawl and the outward growth of urban areas, in favour of responsible densification and infill development, to ensure the more efficient use of superfluous resources and land within the urban area ; and
  • It is a conservation tool, used to exclude certain elements of the environment from the urban area, in order to protect or preserve it, or to discourage its development in the short and medium term, while the long term implications are uncertain.

Cape Argus
16 April 2014

The City of Cape Town is a step closer to shifting the urban edge and rezoning agricultural land in Durbanville to allow for a mixed-use development on the historic Farm Uitkamp.

The mayoral committee has approved a recommendation, with conditions, that will allow Portion 18 of the farm to be designated land suitable for urban development.

It also recommended yesterday that the application for the subdivision of the land to allow for 646 residential opportunities, a school, a nature reserve, public open spaces, public roads and one commercial entity be approved.

The council will decide on the application at the end of the month.

Garreth Bloor, the mayoral committee for economic, environmental and spatial planning, said the detailed site development plan included conditions that would protect the area’s wetlands and ensure all environmental prerequisites were met.

News of the committee’s support came as a surprise to the Durbanville Community Forum, which has been fighting the proposed development for almost 10 years.

The forum has lodged an application in the Western Cape High Court to have the provincial government’s environmental authorisation for the development overturned.

It is concerned that this change to the urban edge would set a dangerous precedent for similar developments elsewhere in the city.



1 comment to Cape Town spurns urban edge restrictions

  • JP Liebenberg

    This development is a good idea.Durbanville is long ago not a farming community any more.There are also few security developments and even less suitable retirement villages…….. citizens do get older…..and where must they go??

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