Town Planning & Rezoning

PROPOSED GUIDELINES FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT IN WATERKLOOF (‘PRECINCT PLAN’) May 13 2017. Here are comments by the Waterkloof Homeowners Association (WHA) on the proposed 2017 RSDF and Submissions on a precinct Plan for Waterkloof:

RSDF Comments Precinct Plan Waterkloof WATERKLOOF TOWNPLANNING ISSUES Tshwane really started to change its approach to Town Planning in residential areas after publication of the ‘Compaction and Densification Strategy’ document in

  1. When that document is read – in conjunction with the Spatial & Regional Development Framework documents (RSDF) for Region 3 (which includes Waterkloof) and the UDF for the Brooklyn Node of 2013 onwards – the potential impact becomes apparent. See: Comments on the Content of the 2013 RSDF Document (Region 3) That is not to say that these documents were produced in secret. They were however not easy to access and feedback was completely ignored. A process of public participation was required with Waterkloof residents (including the diplomats). Public participation is suppose to be a two-way process which requires involvement from the community in which our input had to be considered objectively. This was not done.
    The net effect is that:
  2. Over almost the whole of Tshwane [with the exception of a few ridges in Muckleneuk, Lukasrand and Groenkloof] a blanket density of 25 dwelling units per hectare is in place/can be considered – it does not matter what your current zoning may be. Any application for 25/ha will be considered. That is 400m2 per dwelling compared to the current norm for Waterkloof of 1000m2 per dwelling.
  3. Albert Street / Crown Ave / Main Street / Waterkloof Road / Fehrsen Street / Dely Road have been identified as Public Transport routes and classified as ‘Mobility Roads eligible for medium to high density residential development coupled with Nodal mixed use development’. Main Street has also been classified as a Linear Zone where up to a 200m walking distance (that includes Julius Jeppe), a density of up to 80 units/ha should be promoted.
  4. Wherever Tshwane has identified a ‘Node’ i.e. Brooklyn Node, high densities and mixed [especially commercial] usage should be anticipated. We will continue to oppose any unreasonable rezoning application but are not optimistic as to the probable outcomes.
    In that process we will ensure that the conditions inserted in the ‘Annexure T’, which lists the conditions of approval, restrict the owner / operator to reasonable behaviour. That will give us a basis on which to complain to the responsible Municipal Authority for corrective action. Unfortunately those Authorities are infamous for their failure to apply their own rules.
    The Planning Committees restrict themselves to rezoning issues and do not take into account the frequent flagrant disregard of the rules by applicants.