SRA could broaden

2017-12-05 06:00

The Green Point Improvement District (GPCID) has been mandated to begin a process to expand its footprint.

At GPCID’s annual meeting on Thursday, proposals to expand the improvement district’s oversight area toward Green Point and the Bo-Kaap were ­unveiled.

The expansion, should it be voted for by businesses and residents in the proposed areas, will include properties along the south of Main Road up to Varneys Road. There is also a proposal to expand the improvement district’s area between Buitengracht and Rose streets up to Wale Street.

Any expansions would be financially self-sufficient and would not affect the current improvement district’s members.

Last year, the GPCID was given the go ahead to investigate the expansion as a way to address crime and antisocial behaviour along Somerset Road.

GPCID CEO Marc Truss said complaints had been received of mostly petty crime by a group of people who operated in the area between Varneys and Vespre­dene roads. The incidents ranged from theft out of cars to snatch-and-grab robberies and remote jamming (“Pushing boundaries”, People’s Post, 4 October 2016).

Business and property owners had shown strong support for extending the boundaries served by the GPCID, Truss previously told People’s Post.

“We as the GPCID have looked at this possibility for the residents and businesses to enjoy the benefit of an improvement district in their area. We have for several years provided a light service in having our security members visit the area on a daily basis in addition to having the area cleaned on a regular basis as there is no direct entity that manages it.”

Truss said he believed the GPCID, with its more than 15 years’ experience, was in the best position to provide a high level of top-up services and infrastructure to combat antisocial behaviour.

The Special Rating Area (SRA) Bylaw outlined the process that needed to be followed to extend the boundaries of an improvement district, Truss previously ­explained.

“In short, [with] buy-in from the property owners within a defined area with a view to establish an SRA, a representative would approach the City of Cape Town to start the process. This involves a public participation process, public meetings, advertising, budgets and business plans. Once all property owners have agreed and signed the formation of an SRA within the stipulated period, the City would go through their pre-approval process and interact with the committee or entity established. Then once the City is happy that all the necessary information is correct, they would then table the extension of an existing improvement district at a full council meeting.”

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