Activists concerned

The executive director of compliance and auxiliary services, Gerhard Ras, said: “The process is… clumsy and lengthy and has caused delays in respect of council’s policy, by-laws and decision-making processes” The new proposal would allow the mayor to decide on the way that public engagement should take place.

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Be afraid, be very afraid!

Presumably he refers to developers, whom the city seems ever more anxious to please and appease, hence the mayor’s Red Tape to Red Carpet battle cry. It is apparent 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 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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Policy will ‘deny’ Public Voice

The City confirms it is considering an amendment to its System of Delegations for the Economic, Environmental and Spatial Planning matters. The GCTCA, which represents 160 civic organisations, has sent an open letter of objection to Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille. The GCTCA writes if these proposals are adopted, they will “virtually shut down entirely the present space for public participation”.

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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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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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Let’s talk Turkey

Is this not a lesson for our city and provincial governments who seem to be hell-bent on tearing up the people’s hertitage to allow the building of a mall on the banks of Princess Vlei?

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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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Cape Fracking activist wins international environmental prize

South African environmental campaigner Jonathan Deal was today awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for his work in the fight against hydraulic fracturing in the Karoo.

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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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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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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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Retired Director of Legal Services interrogates the Western Cape Land Use Planning Bill 2013

We also see that until now most if not all consultation has been limited to Professional Institutes and other Organs Of State, largely to the exclusion of the man in the street.

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In the public interest: Western Cape Land Use Planning Bill 2013

My reading of this draft LUPA tells me that if it is promulgated in its present form, the WC Provincial government will have: * more or less removed any ability for community organisations to comment on land use matters in their localities; and * virtually completely written itself out of exercising any appeal function over municipal land use planning decisions in the future. As for appeals against land use planning decisions taken by the municipality, the ability of the general public to make their voice heard has been almost totally destroyed.

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Chappies plaza faces another court challenge

GREEN Party leader Judith Sole is bringing a new legal challenge against the toll plaza under construction on Chapman’s Peak. Sole said yesterday: “I have to do this otherwise we allow a precedent to be set where anyone is entitled to build in a protected area just by getting a signature.

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