Review move for Hilton

2014-09-16 00:00

IN an innovative move, the Hilton Ratepayers Association (HRA) has appointed planners to review the current planning and development in the suburb.

This is against a backdrop of increasing number of developments along the N3 corridor that could impact on the “village ambiance” of the area. The move is also timely as uMngeni Municipality is currently amalgamating, revising and extending its town planning scheme.

The municipality held a meeting in the townhall last week and residents were perturbed by recommendations that future town planning schemes will retain erf sizes at a minimum of 1 500 square metres. In Winterskloof, where erf sizes currently go up to 8 000 square metre, it is recommended that plot sizes will not be bigger than 4 000 square metres. This is in keeping with a countrywide plan for greater densification in and around urban areas, to accommodate growing populations.

Colin Johnston, chairperson of the HRA, told The Witness their planning initiative aimed to use the consultative process offered by the municipality and to contribute positively to the process.

“As representatives of the ratepayers it is the responsibility of the HRA to ensure that development in Hilton is carried out in such a way that all ratepayers are fully informed regarding the consequences of these issues, and that the interests of the ratepayers are protected,” Johnston said

Explaining why HRA engaged its own planning team, Johnston said that planning provisions for Hilton as a future growth point were due to such factors as its location on major transport networks, available land for development and provincial economic development programmes. However, they had been advised that the spatial planning being used to guide development in Hilton was in excess of five years old, and that these plans were based on outdated paradigms in terms of more modern approaches being used in spatial planning.

“In the light of the growing pressures for development in Hilton and allied to these changing approaches to planning, it was suggested that a Precinct Plan or Urban Design Framework would be beneficial to the long-term interests of the Hilton community.

“The aim was to overcome inefficiencies arising from the past and in the process avoid the negative challenges that these pose in the future,” he said.

A key consideration will be creativity — to identify and enhance the sense of place in Hilton, “which could be a blend of the old with the new and of differing cultures and values”, he added.

Hilton residents are invited to contribute to the planning process. Questionnaires have been e-mailed to residents on the HRA database. There are also hard copies available at the two Spar shops in the area.

For more information go to the HRA website:


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