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Directorate says “no” to South End business rezoning request

SEPTEMBER 23, 2014
Directorate says “no” to South End business rezoning request

The Human Settlements Directorate has recommended that an application to rezone 94 Balfour Street, South End from residential to business should be refused.

In a report to the Human Settlements Committee, the directorate notes that the approximately 2 000 square metres “forms part of the strategic land parcels for the Baakens Valley Precinct plan”.

Further, it says, the application is “not in line “with the proposals contained in the Local Spatial Development Framework (LSDF), adding that the LSDF envisages the site being developed for medium density residential purposes.

The directorate says that the Mandela Bay Development Agency advised that the current zoning should be retained.

This was because of its “prominent location and recent transportation upgrades making it part of the strategic land parcels that will be critical in the development of the Baakens Valley Precinct Plan”.

The directorate has, however, recommended that an application for the removal of restrictions on a 2 367 hectare piece of land on the Kragga Kamma Road should be approved.

The owner wishes to use the property as a wedding venue in the future and the current conditions on the title deed prohibit the use of the property for this purpose. There are other wed-ding venues in the area. - metrominutes


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