Thousands comment on HPOZ

2019-03-12 06:00
Bo-Kaap could soon be included in the Heritage Protection Overlay Zone after over 2000 comments were received.PHOTO: Deon Raath (Die Burger)

Bo-Kaap could soon be included in the Heritage Protection Overlay Zone after over 2000 comments were received.PHOTO: Deon Raath (Die Burger)

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The City of Cape Town has received over 2000 comments about the proposal to include the Bo-Kaap area in a heritage protection overlay zone.

This was revealed by Cape Town mayor Dan Plato.

He said the fact that many residents and interested parties participated in the public participation process confirmed that they wanted to be part of the decision-making processes.

“I am pleased that we could provide a platform for everyone to be heard. Local government must do all they can to forge a close working relationship with residents,” Plato said.

The process was opened on Friday 18 January and closed on Friday 22 February. An outcome report of the public participation process will be heard before Subcouncil 16 and Mayco members soon. The report is also expected to be heard by the council at its next meeting on Thursday 28 March.

The Heritage Protection Overlay Zone (HPOZ) for the Bo-Kaap will only become effective if the council accepts the report and agree with the proposal.

“We have received 2 298 comments of which 2 271 are in support of the proposed HPOZ. The officials are still busy assessing the submissions, but I can confirm that at least 640 of the comments in support of the proposal were submitted by residents and affected parties within the Bo-Kaap itself,” Mayco member for spatial planning and environment Marian Nieuwoudt said.

She said she was heartened by the number of residents and interested parties who commented on the proposal.

The proposed HPOZ will have an impact on all those who own property in the Bo-Kaap, in particular as it relates to new developments, restorations, and the maintenance and alteration of properties.

Over 600 privately-owned properties in the Bo-Kaap will be affected by the City’s proposed HPOZ.

The main purpose of an HPOZ is to prevent inappropriate development and alterations within an area of significant heritage value.


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