Master Plan to be developed for Schauderville/Korsten

OCTOBER 27, 2014

The Mandela Bay Development Agency has issued a call for proposals for the development of a master plan for the environmental upgrading of the Schauderville-Korsten area.

In a recent presentation to the Economic Development, Tourism and Agriculture Committee, MBDA CEO Pierre Voges pointed out that there was “a general scene of decay and urban blight” in the area.

This was the result of low maintenance of houses, open spaces and other assets and buildings.

“Many vacant stands and empty plots can be seen which are currently used for garbage disposal or illegal activity,” so creating “a much neglected environment not attractive to live in”.

Voges said the MBDA had initiated a process of broad public engagement with community meetings and information workshops.

He said the Agency had hosted a team of consultants lead by the Cities Network to facilitate “experimental workshops” with residents from the two areas.

“Termed the City Futures project, it aims to confront the current challenges facing planning in South Africa by relooking at the way neighbourhoods are planned.

“A central idea of this experiment is getting the voices (narrative) of citizens to talk more directly to larger planning processes allowing citizens great influence over the future of the neighbourhoods they reside in.”

Voges added that the Master Plan will be used to lobby funding agencies and government to assist in the upgrade. - MetroMinutes.

Photo Caption: Economic Development, Tourism and Agriculture Committee, MBDA CEO Pierre Voges. Photo courtesy of www.mype.co.za