Den­si­fi­ca­ti­on key to Ge­or­ge’s de­ve­lop­ment

George Herald - - News - Mi­chel­le Pie­naar

The Draft S­pa­ti­al De­ve­lop­ment Fra­me­work (SDF) does not sup­port “is­land­li­ke” de­ve­lop­ments of low-cost housing in the ru­ral a­re­as a­round Ge­or­ge, such as Ou­baai. Such de­ve­lop­ments would s­how sig­ni­fi­cant long-term cos­ts to hou­se­holds which mig­ht al­re­a­dy be un­der fi­nan­ci­al pres­su­re. W­hat the SDF does pro­po­se, is den­si­fi­ca­ti­on within the ur­ban ed­ges of Ge­or­ge, the in­te­gra­ti­on of com­mu­ni­ties, and a fa­ce­lift for York S­treet.

Cat­her­i­ne S­to­ne of GAPP Ar­chi­tects and Ur­ban De­sig­ners ad­dres­sed in­te­rested mem­bers of the pu­blic at a pre­sen­ta­ti­on of Ge­or­ge’s Draft S­pa­ti­al De­ve­lop­ment Fra­me­work at the Ge­or­ge ban­quet hall on Mon­day 22 Oc­to­ber.

Re­si­dents ha­ve until 5 De­cem­ber to gi­ve their writ­ten in­put on the va­ri­ous pro­po­sals, as set out in the do­cu­ment (to view the do­cu­ment fol­low this link: http:// www.ge­or­ge.org.za/ re­sour­ce-ca­te­go­ry/spa­ti­al­de­ve­lop­ment-fra­me­work). T­he­re­af­ter the do­cu­ment will be re­vie­wed and re­vi­sed, and ta­bled for Coun­cil in the new y­e­ar.

In her ad­dress, S­to­ne said most pe­op­le in Ge­or­ge are wal­king, so the aim is to ma­ke it e­a­sier for them to walk.

“How do we ma­ke the qua­li­ty of their walk bet­ter? How do we ta­ke ad­van­ta­ge of the use of pu­blic spa­ce to cre­a­te e­co­no­mic op­por­tu­ni­ties and how do we build up in a­re­as so that li­fe is mo­re con­ve­nient for e­ver­y­bo­dy?”

She al­so no­ted that the qua­li­ty of York S­treet can be sig­ni­fi­cant­ly bet­te­red if the­re is “in­fill”. “A mo­re de­tailed stu­dy and a sur­vey of the use of the par­king a­re­as should be do­ne.” She said the qua­li­ty of Ge­or­ge is com­ple­te­ly lost in the qua­li­ty of York S­treet. The pro­po­sal in­clu­des co­sier s­treet spa­ce

and spa­ce for cy­cling and wal­king.

O­pen spa­ces, ro­ad­s­i­des

Ans­we­ring que­s­ti­ons from the floor, S­to­ne said lar­ge a­re­as a­round ex­is­ting schools that are not u­ti­li­sed by the schools them­sel­ves, may be ma­de a­vai­la­ble to de­ve­lop­ment. “The i­dea is to enga­ge with schools and find out w­hat land t­hey need, and re­le­a­se the rest of the land for de­ve­lop­ment,” said S­to­ne.

“It could ge­ne­ra­te re­ve­nue for the s­chool but al­so pro­vi­de op­por­tu­ni­ties for housing.” A mem­ber of the au­dien­ce sta­ted his con­cern a­bout the pro­po­sed den­si­fi­ca­ti­on al­ong the ro­ad­s­i­des, es­pe­ci­al­ly in the g­reen strip in front of La­va­lia, next to Knys­na Ro­ad. “You are i­den­ti­fying lar­ge a­re­as al­ong ro­ads that need to be den­si­fied. At pre­sent we can’t e­ven build a buil­ding be­cau­se we can’t com­ply with the par­king re­qui­re­ments. How on e­arth are you going to ge­ne­ra­te that ty­pe of den­si­ty with the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty’s par­king re­qui­re­ments and their ca­pi­tal con­tri­bu­ti­on re­qui­re­ments?” he as­ked.

Ad­dres­sing his con­cern, S­to­ne said that she ful­ly agrees with him and that a re­com­men­da­ti­on has been ma­de for a re­view of the par­king re­qui­re­ments in the zo­ning sche­mes. De­lia Po­wer, a se­ni­or plan­ner at the mu­ni­ci­pal di­rec­to­ra­te of plan­ning and de­ve­lop­ment, ad­dres­sed so­me tough que­s­ti­ons a­bout the old cro­co­di­le farm, the Ge­or­ge Ri­ding Club and the G­len­wood Golf Cour­se. Po­wer said that, alt­hough it mig­ht not hap­pen rig­ht a­way, re­si­den­ti­al de­ve­lop­ment will e­ven­tu­al­ly ta­ke pla­ce in the­se a­re­as.

Re­pre­sen­ta­ti­ons must be ad­dres­sed to the Mu­ni­ci­pal Ma­na­ger and be sub­mit­ted in wri­ting no la­ter than 5 De­cem­ber 2018 at: 5th Floor, Ci­vic Cen­t­re, York S­treet, Ge­or­ge, or mai­led to PO Box 9, Ge­or­ge, 6530 / dpo­wer@ ge­or­ge.gov.za.

P­ho­tos: Mi­chel­le Pie­naar

Al­bé S­try­dom (left) of Groe­ne­wei­de Park was very in­te­rested to find out w­hat’s in the pi­peli­ne for the de­ve­lop­ment of the old cro­co­di­le farm and the Ge­or­ge Ri­ding Club. With her is Bro­wen John­son, ward com­mit­tee mem­ber of Groe­ne­wei­de Park.

Cat­her­i­ne S­to­ne of GAPP Ar­chi­tects and Ur­ban De­sig­ners ad­dres­sed in­te­rested mem­bers of the pu­blic at a pre­sen­ta­ti­on of Ge­or­ge’s Draft S­pa­ti­al De­ve­lop­ment Fra­me­work.

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