Backlash over city’s planning

There is no intention to refer any land-use planning matter to any interested and affected party, only to the landowner

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Vexing Development

THE letter by Garreth Bloor, “City will still engage communities and bolster sub-councils” (June 14), follows a withdrawal of the item on the city’s agenda at its May council meeting to reduce the role of sub-councils (due to resistance from DA councillors), and is an attempt to lull the public into a false sense of security, while the city goes ahead with its efforts to fast-track development at all costs.

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The City’s ‘spin’ about the removal of subcouncils’ powers concerning land use planning

From the political polemic in his letter it appears that what the DA really wants is a free hand to do what it wants in Cape Town land use planning matters, by closing down the space presently afforded for constructive public comment and participation in the workings of local government; the comment and participation which provides the checks and balances on authoritarianism essential in a properly working democratic political system.

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Open letter to Mayor De Lille: Another potential blow to democratic local government

We find it even more disturbing that your agenda for the Council meeting of 29 May 2013 contained not one but two items, to be debated one after the other, which, if they had been adopted, would have virtually shut down entirely the present space for public participation in the workings of the City of Cape Town.

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ONE MAN’S DECISION?

Cape Town – Applications for large-scale developments and other land-use plans may soon be pushed through council without any opportunity for consultation or objections from affected parties.

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Alliance between city and developers undermines rights

A NUMBER of events lead me to a firm conclusion that environmental planning and developmental analysis in this city is under unprecedented attack through collusion between political and commercial interests.

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Open letter to Mayor De Lille: The Essence of Democratic Local Government

Concentrating in one official’s hands all power of decision regarding matters central to local communities’ lives, such as land use planning, without any involvement of the people concerned, is the converse of democracy. Democratic and accountable government for local communities entails public participation in the exercise of local government. To take away the delegation to subcouncils of the power to review a land use planning application and hence remove the ability of Interested & Affected Parties to comment on such applications is to deny the essence of democratic local government.

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Tygerdal Dumpsite: Truck Activities – MUST NATIONAL GOVERNMENT INTERVENE?

Good Day Premier As per my letter attached written on the 26th April 2013 and as per the ongoing abomination that this community has to face this is totally unacceptable yet your administration continues to ignore the plight of this community. Trucks thunder late into the evening to drop off refuse.

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Editorial: Poll road

It may be that the MEC – and can this be the same Robin Carlisle who favours the construction of a huge toll plaza and office block on Chapman’s Peak Drive? – has bitten off more than he can chew.

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Uitkamp row heads to court

The Durbanville Community Forum has vowed to fight the state’s decision to approve development on “historic” farmland outside the urban edge.

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Approved eco-estate raises ire

A controversial eco-estate, at the foot of the Hottentot’s Holland Mountains near Sir Lowry’s Pass Village, has received environmental approval from the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEADP), despite numerous objections received during the public participation process.

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Environment Conservation Group say developers proposal a logical absurdity, a clear case of putting the cart before the horse

This proposal is a logical absurdity and is a clear case of putting the cart before the horse. Land Use Approvals are predicated on the specific Environmental Authorisation (EA) for the proposed development and thus the former must take all the conditions specified in the EA into account.

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99.99% of Western Cape not engaged in unconstitutional planning legislation says Alliance

The need for the Province to achieve the necessary public familiarity with the proposed legislation has been incredibly underestimated. The fact that the department only received “56” submissions previously, out of a total Western Cape population of 5,822,734 (according to Census 2011), indicates that with a .001% engagement rate, attempts at achieving sufficient public participation has clearly failed.

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Vlei mall developer accused of fraud

RESIDENTS have laid a charge of fraud against individuals involved in the controversial shopping mall planned to be built at Princess Vlei. Members of the Princess Vlei Forum, a group opposed to the planned shopping mall and taxi rank to be built on public land, said the developers had “misrepresented themselves” on two occasions, and said there were serious irregularities in the development.

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Environment Conservation Group say WC Land Use Planning Bill is Unconconstitutional

The ECG has received legal advice from more than one source that the draft Act contravenes the Constitution in a number of respects. In particular it removes the right of community organisations and interested and affected parties to be consulted about planning applications and to submit comments on applications to the authorising body.

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Parliament: Civil society and citizen oversight excluded from the Western Cape Provincial Development Forum

It is clear from the MEC’s reply that there’s no room for community organisations in this matter; there’s no room for nongovernmental organisations and there’s no room in this forum for environmental organisations, many of which are also professional organisations and have their own professional bodies.

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