ACTIVITIES TO DATE
During September and October 2014 the developer held meetings with residents to tell us about his proposed development. The City had advised the developer to apply for an amendment to the existing Precinct Plan through an Addendum process. This is because the proposed development does not conform to the approved Precinct Plan. The developer submitted a report to the City on 15 April 2015 to motivate for a change to the Precinct Plan (click here to see that report from the developer) that would suit their development. The Emmarentia Residents’ Association (ERA), the Greenside Residents’ Association (GRA) and hundreds of residents objected to the proposed changes to the Precinct Plan (refer to the link below to see ERA’s objection to the developers proposed Addendum to the Precinct Plan). No formal response to these objections was ever received. In tandem with this, the developer also submitted a development application to rezone erven 1098 – 1104 to Business 2. The ERA and the GRA notified residents of this application and rallied support to object to the rezoning. Overall 2479 objections to the rezoning were submitted to the City. This process to decide the rezoning application takes a long time and the outcome will depend very much on whether the proposed amendment to the Precinct Plan is approved. In summary, there are applications for both an amendment to the Precinct Plan and a rezoning, to change the rights to retail, offices and flats from residential.
RECENT ACTIONS BY THE DEVELOPER
During the past year, the City’s Department of Transformation and the developer have had ongoing meetings and discussions to revise the design of the proposed development. This culminated in new plans that were presented to the public in a meeting on 27 September 2016 at Marks Park. The changes are cosmetic and are architectural and/or urban design in nature. (Click here to see the developers’ latest submission) The developer has NOT abandoned its aim of trying to get the City to change the Precinct Plan to accommodate the development it proposes. Despite this crucial issue, at the last public meeting, very little was mentioned about the proposed Precinct Plan amendment. Our approved precinct plan – developed with full public participation – does not provide for the development of additional commercial spaces that the developer is wanting. We urge all residents to make their voices heard by 25 October 2016 and to give your views and reasons on whether:
- the Precinct Plan should be amended, and
- the rezoning is supported or not.
Your views will be submitted to the Council, which is obliged to take our views into consideration. Details of the reasons why ERA and GRA have not supported the Precinct Plan amendment or the rezoning application are detailed in the following important documents:
- Click here for the submission by ERA on the Precinct Plan Addendum; and
- Click here for the ERA objection to the rezoning application.
We will post updates on news of progress and relevance to this proposed development on this website regularly. Many thanks for adding your voice – it is needed to safeguard our community. Please feel free to use text of the previous submissions in your own submissions. Please mail us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you do not want to (or cannot) post your views here. If you opt to share your views via email please indicate if we may publish these on the ERA/GRA website. We have until the 28 October 2016 to respond to the proposals which include both the rezoning application as well as the addendum to the Precinct Plan.