Over 100 Items On Human Settlements Agenda For Tuesday

NOVEMBER 20, 2014

There are more than 100 items on the agenda for Tuesday’s Human Settlements Committee agenda, matters that have been carried forward from meetings scheduled for September 19 and October 28 that were postponed.

It will be the committee’s final meeting of the year ahead of the last Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Council meeting on December 4, after which Council goes into recess.

One of the major issues that will come up for debate is the de-densification of Walmer Township, one of the largest human settlements projects currently confronting the metro, .

This is because it involves the relocation of people into temporary relocation areas, while houses are built.

The project is also faced with the need to get environmental authorisation both for the land between the Walmer Country Club and Arlington Racecourse and land near Driftsands before the relocation exercise can get underway.

Also on the agenda are a host of applications for the sub-division and rezoning of properties across the metro as well as the sale of land owned by the municipality and the removal of restrictions on title deeds.

Among the “sale” items is an 11.83 hectare piece of land in Strandfontein Road.

The land is wanted for the purpose of extending the existing filling station and shop.

The Human Settlements Directorate has recommended that the land should be sold, although no valuation has been included with the agenda as it must still be valued.

The directorate recommends that if there are objections or other expressions of interest in the property then the matter should be deferred for further consideration.

Also on the agenda is an application for the purchase land in Wells Estate for business purposes for which a rezoning from community use will be required.

An upset price of R.38 million has been placed on the 6 580 square metre property which is currently vacant The directorate says it supports the rezoning. - MetroMinutes