Human Settlements Directorate Backs Central Rezoning Applications

NOVEMBER 5, 2014

The Human Settlements Directorate has recommended that two rezoning applications for properties in Central should be approved.

In a report to the Human Settlements Committee, the directorate recommends that approval should be given for the rezoning of 5 Raleigh Street from residential to Business 2 so that the premises can be used as offices.

The Spatial Planning sub-directorate in its comments says that the proposal is “favourable from a town planning point of view and will have no detrimental effect on the surrounding amenity and is in line with the strategic objectives of the Inner City Local Spatial Development Framework”.

Approval is subject to the consent of the Eastern Cape Heritage Resource Agency being obtained if the existing building is to be altered.

The directorate has also recommended that the application to rezone 18 Park Lane from residential to business so that it can be used for offices should also be approved by the committee.

In its comments on the application, Spatial Planning points out that although the property is earmarked and zoned for high-density residential in terms of the Inner City LSDF but that its size “does not allow for what it is earmarked for”.

It says it is not considered that the proposed change will have a negative impact on the neighbouring erven.

In addition, it notes, it is a “low key development and not anticipated to be detrimental to the character of the area”. - MetroMinutes.

 

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