Plans for around 400 houses to be developed on three Kommetjie erven have been turned down by the City of Cape Town’s Spatial Planning, Environment and Land Use Committee (Spelum).At a meeting of the committee last week, it was decided that it was premature to approve the plans, based on traffic constraints in the far south.The area is considered to be the third most congested in the City.Subcouncil 19 chairperson Felicity Purchase says the issues were primarily around traffic, with concerns raised that the traffic impact assessment study did not conform to the spatial development plan, as it “did not include the cumulative impact of the entry and egress into the area, specifically Ou Kaapse Weg”.In addition, it was argued that the current road network is not able to cope with the amount of traffic in the area.Although projects are underway to improve congestion in the far south, these have yet to be completed and would only bring a minor improvement due to the capacity constraints of Ou Kaapse Weg, Purchase says.R200m has been budgeted to improve congestion along Kommetjie Road (“Building the road to development”, People’s Post, 21 June) in a three-phase project.The first and second phase is planned for June next year and will see Kommetjie Main Road between Ou Kaapse Weg and a point just west of Capri Drive change to a four-lane dual carriageway with shoulders or cycle-ways and sidewalks for pedestrians.The second phase will include the upgrade of Ou Kaapse Weg between Kommetjie Main Road and a point just north of Noordhoek Road to a four-lane dual carriageway. The third phase will see Kommetjie Main Road between Capri Drive and Houmoed Avenue upgraded to a similar cross-section as in the first phase, Herron says.A traffic plan is currently being carried out and will include Simon’s Town, Scarborough, Glencairn, Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay, Kommetjie, Ocean View, Sunny Dale, Masiphumelele, Capri, Sun Valley and Noordhoek. The plan will provide guidance to short-, medium- and long-term transport interventions associated with development (“Cars to be counted”, People’s Post, 15 December).“Each development could have been approved on its own. Each one, by itself, would not have been significant. But the cumulative 400 houses is almost half the current number of houses in Kommetjie,” Purchase says.“The question is not if there should be development, but rather if this is the right time and if the infrastructure is adequate. The traffic study may show it is adequate, but until then a decision to approve would be premature.”A number of conditions on the development were drafted by Spelum, including that development will not start until the completion of the project to improve infrastructure. The application still has to appear before the Mayoral Committee for a final decision.