Slow pace in cre­at­ing her­itage zone

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - YAZEED KAMALDIEN

THE BO Kaap Ratepayers and Civic As­so­ci­a­tion has been bat­tling property de­vel­op­ers, claim­ing the area’s her­itage is at risk of gen­tri­fi­ca­tion for sev­eral years.

But the civic as­so­ci­a­tion has had a meek bite to its bark as it has been un­able to en­force her­itage pro­tec­tion. It has lob­bied the City of Cape Town to as­sist.

To this end, city of­fi­cials have pro­posed to im­ple­ment a her­itage pro­tec­tion over­lay zone.

Weekend Ar­gus re­ported on the city’s plans for this con­ser­va­tion management mea­sure in Novem­ber 2015.

At the time, the city said the zone would es­sen­tially pro­vide a management plan for pro­tect­ing the Bo Kaap’s his­tor­i­cal build­ings. Bo Kaap homes and mosques date back to the Cape’s colo­nial pe­riod.

How­ever Weekend Ar­gus this week ques­tioned the city on the zone’s progress and found the process is mov­ing at a slow pace.

Coun­cil­lor Brett Her­ron, the city’s may­oral com­mit­tee mem­ber for trans­port and urban de­vel­op­ment, re­peated the same words the city is­sued as com­ment in 2015.

“Work has started on a con­ser­va­tion management plan for Bo Kaap to pro­vide a shared com­mon vi­sion for the fu­ture management of the her­itage of the Bo Kaap,” said Her­ron.

“Fur­ther ac­tion on the zone will fol­low af­ter the adop­tion of the city’s re­vised Spa­tial De­vel­op­ment Frame­work which is to be is­sued to the pub­lic for com­ment later this year.”

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