Planners gather to discuss ‘way forward’

2016-09-15 06:00
Town planners mingling at conference (from, left) Vukani Mdluli, Olwethu Gumede, Payap Pakdeelao (Thailand), Mbali Chemane and Siwaporn Klinmalai also from Thailand (Thammasat University)PHOTO: precious gumede

Town planners mingling at conference (from, left) Vukani Mdluli, Olwethu Gumede, Payap Pakdeelao (Thailand), Mbali Chemane and Siwaporn Klinmalai also from Thailand (Thammasat University)PHOTO: precious gumede

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AS part of the 52nd International Society of City and Regional Planners (Isocarp) congress in Durban this week, planners and technicians gathered at Desroches Hotel in Margate to discuss developmental plans the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality has in order to develop some of the areas under them and the challenges the municipality faces. Delegates from Thailand and other countries were part of the conference themed “Cities we have versus cities we need”.

The conference incorporated visits to sites that need development as identified by the municipality - Alamein precinct and Masinenge, the Oatlands landfill site and Margate Airport.

Staff gave information about the sites and highlighted the challenges they face when it comes to developing them.

Ray Nkonyeni Human Settlements senior manager Simphiwe Nikelo did a presentation on the Masinenge and Alamein precinct settlement saying the area does not have spatial integration between the two settlements in Uvongo and Masinenge.

He said the development plan for this area includes that zoning remains the same in the residential area of Uvongo where residential and tourism development is being promoted.

"The municipality must therefore institute legal action against owners involved in non-forming land uses,” said Nikelo.

He said the plan is the consolidation of Erf 253 and Erf 1923 and rezoning from “public building” to “low impact mixed use2” as part of developing the commercial and social facilities node.

For the Oatlands landfill site, Yandisa Mhlamvu said the site lacks funds especially when it comes to increasing the landfill airspace as stipulated the licence agreement.

She said the current airspace extends to July 2017 and in order for it to be compliant it must be upgraded. Margate Airport was the last site visited and Yolanda Van Rensburg from the airport said one of the challenges at the airport is that of infrastructure to accommodate bigger aircraft.

She said as part of the airport’s master plan, they want to establish a strategic direction for efficient economic development and infrastructure development.

After the site visits the delegates and department heads returned to Desroches Hotel to discuss the way forward.

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