Proposed Emmarentia Development

October 7th, 2016 Posted by Alerts, General News 107 comments

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:


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 sos@emmarentia.co.za 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.

107 comments

Cassim Boorany says:

From: Colin Shapiro
Date: 05 October 2016 at 16:25:56 SAST
To: sos@emmarentia.co.za
Subject: Objection to a monstrosity

To whom it may concern

Regarding the proposed 5-storey building opposite Doppio Zero in Greenside:
I recently attended the public meeting called by the Developer. I was shocked and horrified by the sheer gall of the proposal to build a 5-storey monstrosity in Greenside. This proposal goes against everything that Greenside residents have held to be valuable for our suburb.

If this building goes ahead as proposed, it will be the thin end of the wedge and will simply lead to a huge and ugly ever-growing sprawl of tall buildings.

Greenside and Emmarentia are well-known for being leafy and green, not for slabs of concrete.
If this developer wants to build something, then let him revise the proposal down to 2 or possibly 3 storeys. Then we can re-assess.

Regards
Colin Shapiro
Greenside Resident

Cassim Boorany says:

On 7 October 2016 at 19:22, Susan Stos – APPLY Ethics wrote:
I cannot object strongly enough to the rezoning application.

1. Emmarentia is a very special suburb, perhaps the original suburb in Johannesburg;
2. The Geldenhuys family left land for the use of all people and that should be sacrosanct;
3. This land is as important as Central Park is to New York, i.e. it is the green lungs of Johannesburg;
4. If this suburb is rezoned and big development is permitted, there is no doubt that this is opening the door to even more development; that a precedent will be set.
5. The character and flavour of this green, leafy suburb will be compromised.
6. Nowhere in this area are there developments of this height and nature. Not only will it not fit in, I anticipate it will become a white elephant.
7. What anchor tenants will the development attract? We already have a Checkers, Pick ’n Pay and 3 Woolworths shops within a km or 2. Without such anchor tenants this development will become like Northcliff centre – full of junky little shops that keep turning over and many unlet with papered over glass.

I beg of you to PLEASE consider this zoning application very seriously. If we get this wrong, it cannot be remedied.

Susan Stos

Lyn says:

I agree with the comment above. The last pages of the developers plan – not the pages before, which seem to show deceptively leafy walkways etc- show what a hideous Non- green development this will be. High density, horrendous architecture, ‘it doesn’t fit in at all with the surroundings. To me Just another greedy bunch of developers who don’t live in this suburb.

Lyn says:

I agree with the comment above. The last pages of the developers plan – not the pages before which seem to show leafy walkways etc- show what a hideous Non- green development this will be. High density, horrendous architecture, ‘it doesn’t fit in at all with the surroundings. Just another greedy bunch of developers who don’t live in this suburb.

Shiraz says:

I agree with all the commemts above. We strongly object with proposed plans. Increased traffic on already busy roads. The disruption during construction.
Structure not suited for the area, there are already enough shops in this area already. It will not suit the suburb. The area is very homely amd green and this development will interfere with the calmness greenside and Emmarentia is known for.

Please stop.

Extremely concerned

Steve Adams says:

I strongly object to the proposed amendments to the Precinct Plan and Rezoning application in respect of this development.
We do not want or need any more Retail Shops in the area ; Emmarentia is a residential area and must remain as such.
Furthermore, we certainly do not want ANY DEVELOPMENT that exceeds 3 stories in height, as this will inevitably lead to further high developments nearby.
If this developer had come to the last meeting with a proposal that was :
1. residential
2. maximum 3 stories in height
there would have been no objections to his plans ; i.e. adhere to the precinct plan.
As it was, there was not one resident at the meeting in favour of this monstrosity

Steve Adams
5 Vaal Road
Emmarentia

Cassim Boorany says:

From: Susan Stos – APPLY Ethics
Date: 7 October 2016 at 19:57
Subject: objection to the proposed development on Linden/Gleneagles roads
To: sos@emmarentia.co.za

I believe this development is a folly. As outlined previously, who would the anchor tenants be? The grocery stores are all well served already in the area. I don’t believe a big clothing chain would take up residence there. And when there is not an anchor tenant, the development becomes like 27 boxes in Melville, which is clearly NOT a success.

Perhaps the developers anticipate that there will be a lot of restaurants and bars in the development? If so, we have even more grist for our mill. The suburb is already so noisy, with endless walks/runs/cycles in the area, concerts at the dam and every weekend it seems there is something with head-banging music coming from Mark’s Park.

The residents have had enough of this noise pollution and we certainly will not stand for more.

Re-think this development. I can’t see that it will be successful in any way.

Susan Stos

Jay Prag says:

I find this extremely arrogant to build a 5 storey building. The aesthetics of the area will be destroyed and what little is left would be a disaster to keeping Greenside and Emmarentia GREEN. Rethink the plan based on the aesthetics of the area

Gillian Cross says:

I agree with the comments above. The design considers ‘no negative shade impact’ by the structure, however, what about the visual impact of a structure so high? Has a noise impact study been done and what type of retailers will be included on the levels below. If it is anything like the existing strip of restaurants with flats about, Greenside has become a well known student-party spot and drinking hole on the weekends … a bit like the old Melville, which noise pollutes the area after hours on Friday and Saturday nights particularly. With noise, comes the chance that tenants/apartments above the retail space become unviable to live in. It also increases the risk of associated problems with night-time retail spots, such as drug trafficking, organised crime moves into the area etc. I lived 2 houses down from Grant Avenue in Norwood and experienced first hand the slide described above. The precinct also seems to replicate what we already have in terms of retail and apartments on Gleneagles Road already, which has high turn over of retail businesses.

Gillian Cross says:

Objection to development on Linden/Gleneagles roads
Gillian Cross
15 Komatie Road
Emmarentia

Fareed Chothia says:

I strongly object to the proposed 5 storey multi-purpose development on the corner of Linden and Glen Eagles roads. This will put additional strain on a failing infrastructure in our area – roads are already in a bad state; electricity grid is under pressure; traffic congestion all round. Not to mention the bad elements that come along with these type of developments – crime, etc. There are enough shopping centres and restaurants in the area- we don’t need this unsightly development. Our suburb is world renowned for its “green rating” – don’t destroy it.

Please stop this !

Pierre Viviers says:

Agreed. I object.

Tom Eden/Rita Thom says:

Agreed. We object.

James van den Heever says:

I support the objections to this development. The precinct plans are developed with the consent of the local residents to ensure that development takes place in an orderly way and everybody’s rights are respected as much as possible. If the City is going to allow these plans to be circumvented in an underhand way, it cannot expect residents to adhere to its bylaws and pay their rates. This is symptomatic of fraying of the social compact and the flouting of the rule of law that has been going for some time, and we should make every effort to halt it.

James van den Heever says:

I support objections to this development, which is most unsuitable for our area and contrary to the precinct plan. The precinct plans are developed in partnership with residents to ensure that development takes place in an orderly way, and to be fair to everybody. If the City continues to countenance the underhand circumventing of this process, as it appears to be doing, it should not surprised to find that residents undertake acts of civil disobedience. This is of a piece with the flouting of the rule of law and lack of respect for citizens which has killing our country.

Cassim Boorany says:

On 8 October 2016 at 13:49, Kamil Ballim wrote:

Dear ERA

I have reviewed the developers plans and feel they are not conducive to the development of the suburb. I hereby log my objection.

Kamil Ballim
Owner of x Xxxxx road, Emmarentia
08xxxxxxxx (cell)

Sent from my Samsung device

Cassim Boorany says:

From: Julian Levin
Date: 8 October 2016 at 15:04
Subject: Objection to development
To: sos@emmarentia.co.za

We object vehemently to the proposed development for numerous reasons, inter alia:

1. The suburb of Emmarentia was donated to the RESIDENTS of the suburb and not to transient DEVELOPERS.
2. The developers are driven only by the potential short term financial gains and are not concerned about the long term destruction of the unique nature of the suburb and the resulting negative impact on the present residents;
3. Already there is traffic congestion along Gleneagles Road and this development will only exacerbate the situation adding to the inconvenience of the residents;
5. The addition of another 200 cars (2 per unit plus additional cars for offspring of driving age) will result in interminably long delays for the present residents at peak hours;
6. These additional delays will result in significant extra costs to the country and to the residents in wasted petrol and non-productive man-hours;
7. The original infrastructure of the suburb was not intended for a concentration of housing units but for the suburb as it exists at present;
8. As a result, approximately an extra 200 residents confined to a small, congested area will overburden the existing infrastructure;
9. This will result in an extra financial burden for the residents while the developers, once they have made their profits, will have moved on and will not be in the least concerned about the destruction they had engineered of a once beautiful suburb;
10. The way the Planning Division of the City Council has been involved in this proposal makes one wonder if their priorities are not what is best for the suburb but what is best for other parties who can be swayed by gains of a different kind.

Jean and Julian Levin
Emmarentia

Cassim Boorany says:

From: M. V. Slabbert
Date: 8 October 2016 at 15:20
Subject: Erection of new building in B. Herzog & Gleaneagles Roads
To: sos@emmarentia.co.za

Chairman,
Emmarentia Residents Association,
Emmarentia.

Dear Mrs Connolly,

I have attended all the meetings held in connection with the proposed new building, planned for the triangle of land behind the Shell Garage.
Briefly I remain entirely opposed to this development, in its entirety.

There have been many claims made by the representatives of the property developer, and numerous diagrams displayed over an extended period.
Everything reflects the intention here for the developer to make a lot of profit from exploiting this site – irrespective of any suggested ideas about ‘meeting market demands’ or similar jargon.

The design and intended plan of this building is entirely out of keeping with the area … I personally consider it monstrous and devoid of any aesthetic appeal as well.
Existing shopping centres in the vicinity, in various directions, are more than sufficient to meet the needs of the suburbs and residents living in the surroundings – and for many years to come.

Nor is there any special service, or any unique product being offered here.
To the contrary, there is likely to be destruction on a significant scale: from the degradation of the site itself to disruption of the traffic, overloading of the existing infrastructure, to consequential damage of the environment.
Such a large building, in a suburban setting ~ particularly one where the existing emphasis is on the “green” parklike nature of the surroundings ~ is utterly inappropriate for this site.

For the City Council to be involved in this development and apparently supporting it, reflects a hidden agenda.
Officials on the Council, need to explain their actions and be made aware that they do not have absolute power to gloss over major deficiencies in the developer’s plans.
[Refer to the Gupta residence in Saxonwold, and the long saga of the fight there by the residents association … City Council decisions this year are clearly questionable, and suspicious to say the least].

Some serious issues are involved here: clearly the wishes of by far the majority of residents (who have to live with this final outcome) are being ignored, despite thousands of signatures testifying to their views..
The official plans governing the developments of land here are just as current as they have ever been – since they do indeed continue to represent the current wishes of the ratepayers of the areas involved.
Why should the residents now have to mount a campaign just to re-iterate the existing position?

There seems to be some significant omissions relating to this development: surveys and analyses, and research results as prescribed by law.
Where are they?
One aspect that requires considerable more explanation, is that of “land use” in the full legal sense of the term.

There has to be far greater support for us, the residents and ratepayers of the suburb(s) involved, by the Johannesburg Council since they are supposed to represent our vested interests.
Despite this, there has apparently been a considerable degree of secrecy and obfuscation relating to the actions being taken to promote this horrific development and likely downgrading of the site and surroundings.
How can the Council justify any of their actions to date?

Accountability and explanations must be provided by any Council employees involved in promoting this development, so that the full extent of this saga can be clarified and become transparent.
Only then can actions be taken to sort out the proper approach to the final decisions.

Regards,
M.V. Slabbert
Resident: xx, xxxxxxxx Road, Emmarentia Extension 1, Johannesburg 2195.

Cassim Boorany says:

From: Rina King
Date: 8 October 2016 at 23:14
Subject: Opposition to development behind Sunny Shell
To: sos@emmarentia.co.za

Dear ERA

There are many objections to the Development behind Sunny Shell and I agree with most of them:, especially increase in traffic congestion, the height and extent of the building is not in keeping with the suburb, shops are often left empty in the area, there is no need for extra shopping area. Furthermore, I would like to point out that this monstrosity will mar the view from the Emmarentia Dam Park. You can see the dome of the mosque from this Park and the building is going to be as high, if not higher than the dome. Hence, it is going to be very ugly, it will transform the look of the suburb as well and will devalue the area.

This should not be allowed.

Regards
Rina King

Cassim Boorany says:

From: Terry Marshall
Date: 9 October 2016 at 11:41
Subject: Proposed development ERVEN 1098 – 1104
To: sos@emmarentia.co.za

Dear sirs

RE:- OBJECTION TO THE APPLICATION IN TERMS OF THE GAUTENG REMOVAL OF RESTRICTIONS ACT 3 OF 1996 AS READ WITH THE RELEVANT PROVISIONS OF THE SPATIAL PLANNING AND LAND USE MANAGEMENT ACT 16 OF 2013 (SPLUMA) AND SIMULTANEOUS AMENDMENT OF THE JOHANNESBURG TOWN PLANNING SCHEME, 1979 TO REZONE ERVEN 1098 – 1104.

I am totally against allowing this development to be undertaken as it is completely out of style and character with the rest of the suburb of Emmarentia and will exacerbate the already chaotic traffic situations in the morning and evening rush hours, thus forcing residents to leave earlier and earlier to avoid being caught in the congestion.

In addition, the following issues need to be brought into focus and considered.

1. The developer’s latest proposal shows and states that there will be a five storey development block along Barry Hertzog and Gleneagles. Whilst correct in number, it seems to forget that the commercial spaces on the ground floor will be almost double volume, thus giving a height profile of a 6 storey development.

2. The developers sketches show only very limited parking spaces at ground level, therefore one can only presume that there will be underground parking that will need constructing. If this is indeed planned, then there will need to be a substantial amount of excavation and thus an enormous amount of spoil etc., to be moved out of the area in heavy trucks. The City has just paid in excess of R23 millions of ratepayers funds, to rehabilitate the dam wall after damage caused when a similar excavation was undertaken during the construction of the new Standard Bank building in Rosebank was constructed. During that time, literally hundreds of 40 tonne trucks were rumbling across the dam for weeks on end, causing severe damage to the 1900’s earth dam construction. This must not be allowed to happen again. Perhaps the ERA should consider applying for a load limit on the road across the dam!

Yours Sincerely

Terry Marshall
xx xxxxxxxxxx
Emmarentia 2195

Cassim Boorany says:

From: Ruxana Jina
Date: 9 October 2016 at 13:55
Subject: Objection
To: sos@emmarentia.co.za
Cc: Shafi Ghansar

Dear Sir/Madam

My husband Shafi Ghansar and I live at xx xxxxxx Road, Emmarentia and we are opposed to the planned development at Erven 1098 – 1104 for the following reasons:
The application is defective as it does not comply with several technical requirements imposed in terms of both the Gauteng Removal of Restrictions Act 3 of 1996 and the Town Planning and Townships Ordinance 15 of 1986.
The application to remove conditions from the title deeds that give the Louw Geldenhuys family rights in property on behalf of the public of Emmarentia is not in the public interest.
The application and the proposed land use are inconsistent with the planning principles set out in SPLUMA and the former DFA.
The proposed development is inconsistent with the approved Emmarentia and Greenside Precinct Plan, which plan is still relevant as it incorporates the policies of the City of Johannesburg (including residential densification along arterial routes) and which has and is currently shaping the transformation and densification of Emmarentia and Greenside.
The proposed land use is not sustainable from a traffic engineering, civil engineering and electrical engineering point of view, despite the applicant attempting to prove otherwise.
The proposed land use is also not sustainable from an environmental, socio-economic and economic point of view.
The proposed land uses and intensity of the development are inconsistent with the surrounding land uses and are unacceptable to the residents from a planning and land use perspective.
The nature of the site does not lend itself to the land uses and intensity of development proposed and there are no site specific conditions that warrant a departure from the approved Precinct Plan.
The approved Precinct Plan is very clear that business uses must be confined to existing nodes and this application intends creating an entirely new business node.
The application is not authorised by the relevant landowners.
The application, as submitted, was incomplete and should neither have been accepted by
the City of Johannesburg nor advertised.
The advertising procedures were defective.

Kind regards
Ruxana Jina

Robert Rawlings says:

Regarding the proposed development of Erven 1098 – 1104; and Precinct Plan amendment:

In addition to the issues being raised by ERA, which I am in total agreement, I have the following objection:

The current precinct plan has been endorsed by residents of ERA, and in particular by me. I still feel it is completely relevant. I categorically oppose any amendment, and now vehemently, as the approach being followed in my opinion is disingenuous, and smacks of collusion between the municipality and the developer. This is borne out by virtue of the fact that even though the residents have managed to raise 2479 objections to the development, the municipality is still thinking that it is appropriate to consider a precinct plan amendment that would benefit the cause of the proposed development. What has happened to the notion of democracy and listening to the voice of the people?

My request is that both the precinct plan amendment, and any plans for the proposed development that does not conform to the current precinct plan is stopped immediately!

Sincerely,
Robert Rawlings

Robert Rawlings says:

Regarding the proposed development of Erven 1098 – 1104; and Precinct Plan amendment:

In addition to the issues being raised by ERA, which I am in total agreement, I have the following objection:

The current precinct plan has been endorsed by residents of ERA, and in particular by me. I still feel it is completely relevant. I categorically oppose any amendment, and now vehemently, as the approach being followed in my opinion is disingenuous, and smacks of collusion between the municipality and the developer. This is borne out by virtue of the fact that even though the residents have managed to raise 2479 objections to the development, the municipality is still thinking that it is appropriate to consider a precinct plan amendment that would benefit the caused of proposed development. What has happened to the notion of democracy and listening to the voice of the people?

My request is that both the precinct plan amendment, and any plans for the proposed development that does not conform to the current precinct plan is stopped immediately.

Sincerely,
Robert Rawlings

David Hodgskiss says:

I am fully in agreement with the majority of the sentiments stated above. In our personal situation in Crocodile Road, in addition to the already stated objections, we will be destructively effected in numerous ways.
1. Crocodile Road, which is still in general a casual social quiet road with numerous cyclists, walkers and, in my case, a canoeist using it to safely access of the amazing Emmarentia Dam and Braamfontein Spruit, will become a busy dangerous thoroughfare feeding the proposed development. An accident/death waiting to happen.
2. The suggestion of a leafy, garden walkway to the Dam and Spruit is a complete lie. How can that be made possible without expanding the already over-crowded roads to construct these walkways? The roads will already have to be doubled to cater for the increased traffic? How will one cross Gleneagles, Vaal or Louw Geldenhuys Roads – bridges?
3. My privacy in Crocodile Road, and all those in the vicinity of the proposed development, will be
destroyed with a 5 story building over-looking our properties.
4. I believe, the value of my property will be greatly diminished.

The effect of the vast increase in the traffic will effect the whole of Emmarentia, Linden and Greenside with motorists attempting to find other routes to Sandton, Rosebank, Braamfontein, CBD, etc, will be devasting. The dam wall road won’t be able to cater for it, so use will be have to be made of Judith, Tana (which is often a traffic jam till around 9.00 a.m.) and into The Braids, Muirfield, Troon, etc.

This development MUST NOT go ahead.

Susan Errington says:

I completely agree
Please lodge an objection to the proposed development.
• We have not heard from the council post the last residents meeting.
• There are no plans for the infrastructure of the area i.e. traffic/ water/electricity.
• The plans proposed go against the bylaws for Emmarentia
• I believe the proposed plans are greedy developers, that are hiding behind the high density propositions from the government, and have no interest in the suburb or residents views.
• It is concerning that the council has had meetings with the developers behind closed doors, and the matters discussed are still unavailable to residents.

Imtiaz Patel says:

We strongly object to this proposed largely retail development which cuts into the heart of a leafy , nature filled , park filled suburb. The instrinsic nature and values of this beautiful suburb will be ruined .

Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh says:

Regarding the proposed development of Erven 1098 – 1104; and Precinct Plan amendment:

We are Emmarentia residents and our opinion should count be considered in the proposed developments of this area. We object to the rezoning of the area as well as to the size and scale of the proposed development. We object to the proposed retail development and want to retain the suburban quality of this neighbourhood.

The proposed land use is not sustainable from a traffic engineering, civil engineering and electrical engineering point of view, despite the developer attempting to prove otherwise. The proposed land use is also not sustainable from an environmental, socio-economic and economic point of view.

Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh

The reason we bought our home in Emmarentia was because of the good schools, green lung and tranquil nature of the suburb.
I will exercise my rights as a citizen in objecting to the proposed new development which will change the tranquility of our suburb and which is not in line with the Precinct Plan.
Our citizens are mobilizing in this new era of respect and compliance.

Cassim Boorany says:

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Rob Thomson
Date: 10 October 2016 at 09:55
Subject: Proposed development
To: sos@emmarentia.co.za
Cc: Winty Thomson

A “development” is something that is either needed or wanted. This building is neither needed nor wanted. It is not a development. Oh yes, people will live there. But we won’t. And oh yes, people will shop there. But that doesn’t mean we need it. We are well served with shops. We don’t want to live in a shopping centre. And oh yes, the “developers’” videos were beautiful. But the bicycles won’t be there; the cars will. And whether the “developers” ultimately create the indigenous ecosystem that their very imaginative architect envisages will be entirely determined by their bottom line.

The residents of Emmarentia are the key stakeholders in this matter. We don’t want it and we don’t need it.

The meeting we had on 27th September was not a consultation. It was presented as an information session with questions and answers, as though all the “developers” had to do was to explain to a passive audience what they were going to do to our environment. Objections were not on their agenda and they did not envisage the objections they got. In fact, though the “developer” himself was there, he didn’t even deign to address us; he got his lackeys to do it all for him.

One of the fundamental arguments put to us was that the precinct plan was already 13 years old and was therefore out of date. Presumably the “developers’” time line does not go beyond 2019. Many of us have lived here for decades. Many of us intend to live here for decades. We don’t want a building on our doorsteps that decays because the maintenance has become too costly for the people who are still screwing money out of us in competition with all the other “developers” who will have climbed on the bandwagon by then.

Regards
Rob Thomson
xx xxxxx Road
Emmarentia

Paul Fallon says:

I strongly object to the proposed development as it will severely damage the character of the area. There are already issues with the shops and restaurants in Greenside; extensive traffic congestion; and parking problems. We must avoid adding to these issues. In addition I object to amendments to the Precinct Plan and Rezoning Application in respect of this development.

Taryn Hinton says:

To Whom it May Concern

The Owners of 2C Gambia Road, Emmarentia strongly object to the proposed amendment to the precinct plan and the proposed development for the following reasons:

The steps taken by the developments and the City of JOhannesburg to hold meetings in the absence of the ERA and GRA Associations is underhanded and shows a lack of bone fides and good faith when dealing with issues at hand particularly in light of the 2400 plus objections received from Residents in Linden, Emmarentia and Greenside Surrounds.

The Development has taken little to no regard of these objections and the amendments made are merely cosmetic and do not deal with the deeper issue of the failure to comply with the provisions of the exisiting Precinct Plan.

The application is defective as it does not comply with several technical requirements imposed in terms of both the Gauteng Removal of Restrictions Act 3 of 1996 and the Town Planning and Townships Ordinance 15 of 1986.
The application to remove conditions from the title deeds that give the Louw Geldenhuys family rights in property on behalf of the public of Emmarentia is not in the public interest.
The application and the proposed land use are inconsistent with the planning principles set out in SPLUMA and the former DFA.
The proposed development is inconsistent with the approved Emmarentia and Greenside Precinct Plan, which plan is still relevant as it incorporates the policies of the City of Johannesburg (including residential densification along arterial routes) and which has and is currently shaping the transformation and densification of Emmarentia and Greenside.
The proposed land use is not sustainable from a traffic engineering, civil engineering and electrical engineering point of view, despite the applicant attempting to prove otherwise.
The proposed land use is also not sustainable from an environmental, socio-economic and economic point of view.
The proposed land uses and intensity of the development are inconsistent with the surrounding land uses and are unacceptable to the residents from a planning and land use perspective.

The nature of the site does not lend itself to the land uses and intensity of development proposed and there are no site specific conditions that warrant a departure from the approved Precinct Plan.

The approved Precinct Plan is very clear that business uses must be confined to existing nodes and this application intends creating an entirely new business node.
The application is not authorised by the relevant landowners.
The application, as submitted, was incomplete and should neither have been accepted by
the City of Johannesburg nor advertised.

The advertising procedures were defective.

The developer’s latest proposal shows and states that there will be a five storey development block along Barry Hertzog and Gleneagles. Whilst correct in number, it seems to forget that the commercial spaces on the ground floor will be almost double volume, thus giving a height profile of a 6 storey development.

Yours faithfully
Mike and Taryn Hinton

D.Hall says:

We , Mrs U.Hall of no 15 Malopo road And Mr.D.Hall of no 3 Malopo road strongly agree and support the objection to the development in order to keep our suburb a residential green suburb..
We also would like that Mr.Lorrimer acts on the City bylaw that the pavement area is not an extended building site for rubble and construction purposes.

Robert Domijan says:

We, as long standing residents of Emmarentia nad Greenside agrre with the above objections and we to totally and outrightly object to this proposed development. There are new suburbs with vacant and undeveloped land that require this sort of development, and not this suburb which functions and has been functioniong effectively for many years.
We object this outright in the strongest possible terms!
Rob Domijan

Cassim Boorany says:

On 12 October 2016 at 16:35, Robert Crichton wrote:
Hi

I would like to raise objection against both the proposed development & amendment to the precinct plan:

Emmarentia and surrounding areas have no future requirements for new shopping areas, as there are many shopping complex’s in the surrounding areas with capacity (emmarentia node, linden nodes, greenside nodes etc)
Limitations to potential infrastructure capacity does not support excessive traffic and other requirements related to such a massive development
My view on acceptable changes

No changes to precinct plan
Development in line with current precinct plan
Kind regards,

Robert

Cassim Boorany says:

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From: Tony
Date: 14 October 2016 at 22:01
Subject: DEVELOPMENT OF ERVEN 1098 – 1104 AS A MIXED USE, MULTI STOREY DEVELOPMENT
To: sos@emmarentia.co.za

Response to ERA email YOUR SUBURB NEEDS YOU!!!, of 7 October 2016

My reasons for objecting remain the same as in my submission of November 2014. They are:

· The township is one of the 1st from the CBD to have a purely residential character at a relatively low density. This should be retained.

o The scale and nature of the proposed development is inappropriate to the character of the township.

o The proposed development is likely to set a precedent and be followed by similar developments.

· It has become increasingly slower to leave the township for the office every morning. Densification on this scale should not be permitted until a solution has been found to this traffic problem which has yet to stabilize.

Tony Cross
x xxxxxx Road

Andrew Errington says:

As a resident of Crocodile Road, Emmarentia, I once again object to both the proposed amendment to our Precinct Plan and the application for Rezoning the use of the site.
I think it is important to examine the City Transformation and Spatial Planning strategic document adopted on 23rd June 2016.
This document is less of a “spatial” plan and more of a social engineering enterprise which is redolent of Communist East Germany and of which George Orwell would have been proud. It makes certain (questionable) assumptions about population and economic growth and suggests integrated frameworks for Greater Johannesburg up to 2040.
A key deliverable is stated as the “Enhancement and protection of residential environments”, together with “Support of viable service and infrastructure provision”.
Contained in the report are utopian drawings of mixed use high rise buildings with pedestrian precincts. These look very much like the plans drawn up by the Emmarentia Developers, which is clearly not a co-incidence and they obviously believe this will enhance their chances of council approval.
There is no doubt that parts of the plan could be applied to some areas of Johannesburg where there is need of better access to shops, offices, medical services etc.. Emmarentia is not one of them.
One of the Plan’s other requirements is “Retention and consolidation of existing viable business and economic centres”. The Developer appears to have conveniently ignored this part.
It is clear to me that the Developer has taken parts of the plan which suit him in an attempt to force through an unwanted and unnecessary amendment to a perfectly sound existing arrangement. Piecemeal amendments to Precinct Plans are not appropriate except in some sort of emergency, which we do not have. There is no pressing need to densify the area in question and certainly no need for more offices and shops. It is interesting that the “research” on these needs and indeed the infrastructure (electrical, waste removal, plumbing, traffic) have not been made available or independently verified. The matters of environmental and noise pollution also bear further investigation.
In my view our Council should stick to its mandate and not be persuaded to cave in to wealthy developers who do not have the interests of the majority at heart and certainly cannot claim any “Urban enrichment” high ground. Not having the planning process in their budget is no excuse.
We say NO.

Andrew Errington.

Cassim Boorany says:

Subject: Proposed Development
Date: Mon, 17 Oct 2016 07:54:27 +0200
From: Hinton
To: sos@emmarentia.co.za

To Whom it May Concern

The Owners of Xa & Xb Xxxxxxx Road, Emmarentia strongly object to the proposed amendment to the precinct plan and the proposed development for the following reasons:

The steps taken by the developments and the City of Johannesburg to hold meetings in the absence of the ERA and GRA Associations is underhanded and shows a lack of bone fides and good faith when dealing with issues at hand particularly in light of the 2400 plus objections received from Residents in Linden, Emmarentia and Greenside Surrounds.

The Development has taken little to no regard of these objections and the amendments made are merely cosmetic and do not deal with the deeper issue of the failure to comply with the provisions of the existing Precinct Plan.

The application is defective as it does not comply with several technical requirements imposed in terms of both the Gauteng Removal of Restrictions Act 3 of 1996 and the Town Planning and Townships Ordinance 15 of 1986.
The application to remove conditions from the title deeds that give the Louw Geldenhuys family rights in property on behalf of the public of Emmarentia is not in the public interest.
The application and the proposed land use are inconsistent with the planning principles set out in SPLUMA and the former DFA.
The proposed development is inconsistent with the approved Emmarentia and Greenside Precinct Plan, which plan is still relevant as it incorporates the policies of the City of Johannesburg (including residential densification along arterial routes) and which has and is currently shaping the transformation and densification of Emmarentia and Greenside.
The proposed land use is not sustainable from a traffic engineering, civil engineering and electrical engineering point of view, despite the applicant attempting to prove otherwise.
The proposed land use is also not sustainable from an environmental, socio-economic and economic point of view.
The proposed land uses and intensity of the development are inconsistent with the surrounding land uses and are unacceptable to the residents from a planning and land use perspective.

The nature of the site does not lend itself to the land uses and intensity of development proposed and there are no site specific conditions that warrant a departure from the approved Precinct Plan.

The approved Precinct Plan is very clear that business uses must be confined to existing nodes and this application intends creating an entirely new business node.
The application is not authorised by the relevant landowners.
The application, as submitted, was incomplete and should neither have been accepted by
the City of Johannesburg nor advertised.

The advertising procedures were defective.

The developer’s latest proposal shows and states that there will be a five storey development block along Barry Hertzog and Gleneagles. Whilst correct in number, it seems to forget that the commercial spaces on the ground floor will be almost double volume, thus giving a height profile of a 6 storey development.

Yours faithfully

Terence & Susan Hinton

Cassim Boorany says:

Subject: Proposed development: Gleneagles Road, Linden Road and Barry Herzog Avenue, Emmarentia.
Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:04:26 +0200
From: Rose
To:

Dear Chairperson: ERA
With respect to one and all, I hereby oppose the proposed development and change in the respective precinct plan, because
1. The development is far too big for the actual land (surface area) upon which it is to proposed to take place, as we are dealing with a strictly suburban area and not a “city area”, viz Emmarentia cannot be compared to (say) Braamfontein/Millpark/Auckland Park, etc., etc., where it would be more appropriate. Indeed, the height of the development is extremely undesirable in all respects.

2. The development will result in the degradation of the area as a sought after residential area and, in fact, is busy doing so, as a visit to the area would confirm.

3. An expert on development advised that the ERA should help the developer in that the area lends itself to a duplex development and I therefore propose that the ERA advise the developer accordingly. This advice (“free of charge”, of course) could well be in the financial interests of the developer, as one of the objectors has already pointed out to the ERA in a current objection.

Regards and thanks for your hard work.
MB MICHAELS

Heike Ludewig says:

As a resident living in Crocodile Road I strongly agree and support the objection to the development in order to keep our suburb a residential green suburb

Cassim Boorany says:

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Tineke Wulffers
Date: 20 October 2016 at 11:25
Subject: re: Objection to the proposed changes to the Emmarentia Precinct plan and the proposed development of erven 1098 – 1104, Emmarentia Ext 1
To: sos@emmarentia.co.za

From: Dr Tineke Wulffers, Std xxx, Emmarentia Ext 1

Attn: Executive Director: Department of Development and Planning
P O Box 30733, Braamfontein, 2107

Dear Sir / Madam

I have lived in Emmarentia since 1980, and I agree with all the objections outlined by my fellow Emmarentia and Greenside suburbians in the Emmarentia Residents Association website.

More specifically, I hereby completely object to any proposed changes in the Emmarentia Precinct Plan without the approval of the Emmarentia Residents Assocation (ERA). It is clear from the 28 page ERA submission on the proposed addendum to the precinct plan on Erven 1098-1104, Emmarentia Ext 1, submitted to you in November 2014, that our precinct plan currently still adheres to the City of Johannesburg’s Strategic and Spatial Development policies, and there is therefore no need to amend this Precinct Plan for the benefit of one developer, and possibly other entities, to the detriment of the suburb itself, and the property owners and residents who have invested in our suburb.

I therefore wish to remind you again not to ignore the lawfully democratic processes in our country, as enshrined in our constitution, and more specifically, I re-iterate the following :

1. The Precinct Plan is approved council policy, and was approved with the residents’, myself included, inputs and support.

2. The City is custodian of the Precinct Plan, and they should not be agreeing to support changes to it with, or for a single developer, whilst not consulting with residents, which is what you are effectively doing behind our backs!

3. The existing precinct plan is not out of date, despite having been first prepared in 2003 and development is responding to the proposals in the Precinct Plan.

4. Changing the Precinct Plan to allow for mixed use development should not be done without independent specialist studies on the impact of such a development will have on traffic, engineering services and most significantly, on the existing commercial/business nodes of Emmarentia, Greenside and Victory Park.

Finally, I wish to note that we, the residents and property owners in Emmarentia and Greenside, had submitted approximately 2 500 objections to this proposed development to you in November 2015, which you have apparently outright ignored.

I trust that you will seriously reconsider your stance in this matter, and take note of our responses.

Kind regards

Tineke Wulffers (Dr)

Mohamed bhamjee says:

I strongly object to the proposal.

Sunil Narian says:

I object to the development. there seems to be no need for it and its impact has neither been adequately debated nor investigated.

Cassim Boorany says:

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Mike O’Connell
Date: 21 October 2016 at 18:11
Subject: Proposed development on Gleneagles Road/ Barry Hertzog Road – Objection
To: sos@emmarentia.co.za

Good day

Please add a further two residents to the list of objectors to this proposed development.

The reasons for our objection are:

1. The developers have not changed or altered their proposal in any cogent or meaningful way

2. There has not been any discussion with any residents or their technical representatives by the City Council who seem to have ignored the thousands of objections lodged with them.

3. The precinct plan has not been referred to by the developers and they are trying to change this plan to suit their proposals.

Regards

Mike O’Connell and Petra Visser

xx Xxxxxxx Road, Emmarentia.

Gloria says:

I object also to the proposed amendments to the Precinct Plan and Rezoning application in respect of this development.
I certainly do not want or need any more Retail Shops in the area ; Emmarentia and greenside are residential areas and must remain as such!
Furthermore, i certainly do not want ANY DEVELOPMENT that exceeds 3 stories – that does Not fit the area and will lead to further high developments nearby.
If this developer had come to the last meeting with a proposal that was :
1. residential
2. maximum 3 stories in height
there would have been no objections to his plans ; i.e. adhere to the precinct plan. Not one resident I have spoke to is in favour of this hideous development

Priti Nagar says:

Goodday,

Please note that there are 5 more objections to this commercial eyesore!!!

Please note the area you are planning to build a complex in has been invested in by residents due it being solely a RESIDENTIAL housing suburb! I do not understand why objections are being ignored – are the zoning officials not following protocol?

This kind of structure in our peaceful neighbourhood will not be accepted EVER!!!

Kind Regards,
Greenside Resident of 28 years.

Cassim Boorany says:

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Anne Askew
Date: 21 October 2016 at 14:38
Subject: FW: Objection to the proposed changes to the Emmarentia Precinct plan and the proposed development of erven 1098 – 1104, Emmarentia Ext 1
To: Emmarentia Residents Assocation

From: Anne Askew

Attn: Executive Director: Department of Development and Planning
P O Box 30733, Braamfontein, 2107

Dear Sir / Madam

I have lived in Emmarentia since 1992, and I agree with all the objections outlined by my fellow Emmarentia and Greenside suburbians in the Emmarentia Residents Association website.

More specifically, I hereby completely object to any proposed changes in the Emmarentia Precinct Plan without the approval of the Emmarentia Residents Assocation (ERA). It is clear from the 28 page ERA submission on the proposed addendum to the precinct plan on Erven 1098-1104, Emmarentia Ext 1, submitted to you in November 2014, that our precinct plan currently still adheres to the City of Johannesburg’s Strategic and Spatial Development policies, and there is therefore no need to amend this Precinct Plan for the benefit of one developer, and possibly other entities, to the detriment of the suburb itself, and the property owners and residents who have invested in our suburb.

I therefore wish to remind you again not to ignore the lawfully democratic processes in our country, as enshrined in our constitution, and more specifically, I re-iterate the following :

1. The Precinct Plan is approved council policy, and was approved with the residents’ inputs and support.

2. The City is custodian of the Precinct Plan, and they should not be agreeing to support changes to it with, or for a single developer, whilst not consulting with residents, which is what you are effectively doing behind our backs!

3. The existing precinct plan is not out of date, despite having been first prepared in 2003 and development is responding to the proposals in the Precinct Plan.

4. Changing the Precinct Plan to allow for mixed use development should not be done without independent specialist studies on the impact of such a development will have on traffic, engineering services and most significantly, on the existing commercial/business nodes of Emmarentia, Greenside and Victory Park.

5. Changing one section of the precinct plan to benefit one developer to make a profit is outrages! This suggestion is making a mockery

of the people who drew up the precinct plan and the very essence of the plan.

Please don’t waste the residents time by showing us drawing of the building. The building plans simply are not in alinement with the precinct plan.

Finally, I wish to note that we, the residents and property owners in Emmarentia and Greenside, had submitted approximately 2 500 objections to this proposed development to you in November 2015, which you have apparently outright ignored.

I trust that you will seriously reconsider your stance in this matter, and take note of our responses.

Kind regards

Anne Askew
Emmarentia Resident

Cassim Boorany says:

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Carol Crosley
Date: 22 October 2016 at 08:07
Subject: DEVELOPMENT OF ERVEN 1098 – 1104 AS A MIXED USE, MULTI STOREY DEVELOPMENT
To: “sos@emmarentia.co.za”

I have been a resident of this area for the last 16 years and live two blocks away from the proposed development . I must add my voice to those objecting to this as a I have witnessed over the years the negative impact such developments have on the suburb which is meant to be residential in nature. My understanding is that this is contrary to the spirit and letter of the original title deeds.

Besides the intense densification which this will bring and concomitant traffic congestion the impact on the character where families walk, ride bicycles, access Emmarentia Dam for recreational purposes will be substantially diminished .

Regards

Carol Crosley

Cassim Boorany says:

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Baboo Singh
Date: 22 October 2016 at 11:52
Subject: Erection o 5 storey mixed use complex
To: sos@emmarentia.co.za

I would like object on the above development. My reasons are as follows.

1) Values of properties in the area will decrease. Rezoning has a negative impact of the neighborhood.

2) Traffic on already busy roads will get worse.

3) We bought in these areas so that we could spend our pensionable years in a quiet residential suburb with no flats.One of the main reasons for a lifetime investment.

I hope my comments are taken into account.

B Singh

Cassim Boorany says:

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From: Corrin Magowan
Date: 22 October 2016 at 17:39
Subject: The proposed development between Gleneagles and Linden Roads
To: Era

Good afternoon,

I am a the owner of xx Xxxxx Road, Emmarentia Ext. This road meets up with Crocodile Road in the geographic triangle between Barry Herztog Avenue, Tana Road, Gleneagles and Linden Road. The impact of of the proposed development between Linden Road, Barry Hertzog and Gleneagles will be huge on the triangle in terms of traffic – the roads in the area cannot handle the extra traffic the development will generate nor can the area sustain such municipal service overload as proposed.

What annoys me about this development is that most of the residents of this suburb have objected to it and the the developer and the City of Johannesburg continue to ignore these objections. The City of Johannesburg and the developer have, at no time, other than when presenting to the residents what they consider a fait accompli in a few public meetings, considered the residents or our expectations or lifestyle. Not once have they tried to engage with the residents in the immediate vicinity of the development to canvas their thoughts and feelings about the impact the proposed development will have on them. I have not seen a questionnaire or any other attempt at research about what the residents suggest for the upgrade of the area, although I live here. The developer does not.

As a long time resident of the the area I object to this seemingly comfortable relationship between the developer and CoJ. As a resident I have no objection to the redevelopment of the area into two story townhouses, but a 5 story multi-use development with 2 floors of underground parking as presented at the last residents meeting is totally unacceptable. The area is not zoned for this kind of development.

We did not invest in this area to sit back and allow the City of Johannesburg and a developer to ruin our investment.

Regards
Corrin Magowan

Cassim Boorany says:

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Carol Slabolepszy
Date: 22 October 2016 at 18:33
Subject: objection
To: sos@emmarentia.co.za

To whom it may concern,
I am raising our objection (my husband and I) to the proposed development at the triangle on Barry Hertzog and Linden Road….this does not fit with the precinct plan which was worked on and approved by members of the community in Greenside and Emmarentia…it will dramatically affect the traffic, it is totally out of keeping with the essence of leafy suburbs. The design is, quite frankly, totally out of place in this area.
Let sense prevail and leave our leafy suburbs alone….this is outrageous.
Regards
Carol Slabolepszy

Cassim Boorany says:

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Dimitri Vratsanos
Date: 23 October 2016 at 09:06
Subject: Objection to proposed precinct plan changes.
To: sos@emmarentia.co.za

To whom this concerns
As greenside resident (xxx xxxx road) I object to changes proposed by the developer to amend the existing precinct plan in respect of their intent to develop erven 1098 to 1104 in emmarentia extension 1. My objections are articulated in the formal objection lodged by the Emmarentia Residents Association.
Dimitri Vratsanos

Cassim Boorany says:

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Nouraine Yachad
Date: 23 October 2016 at 09:56
Subject: Please share: Proposed development
To: sos@emmarentia.co.za
Cc: crog@netactive.co.za, Khalil Goga

To whom it may concern

As residents of Emmerentia Palms (xx xxx Road) we (Nouraine Yachad and Khalil Goga) object to the development being proposed. The development as illustrated by the ERA will create heavy congestion and will ruin the suburb.

Emmarentia Palms will be the development most affected by any development as we will be next to the building. The building will destroy the views that we currently have of the greenbelt around JHB. This will reduce the value of the property substantially. There is a body of case law in which there has been compensation for such a loss. However, the loss for us will be greater than just financial. The building will also ruin all sense of privacy that we have as the building will overlook us. This creates a major problem for us as part of the reason we purchased the property was for the seclusion.

We would have no complaints with a smaller less obtrusive building that maintains our views and privacy and does not cause undue harm to the congestion and the liveability of the suburb. How, the development in its proposed form does exactly that and should not be built. Putting the interests of developers above that of residents goes against the values of the city and what it seeks to achieve.

Thanks

Nouraine and Khalil

Cassim Boorany says:

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Steve Chaitel
Date: 23 October 2016 at 06:22
Subject: Proposed 5 story Development – Erven 1098 – 1104 Emmarentia Extension 1
To: sos@emmarentia.co.za

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

As a resident living at xx xxxxxx Road Emmarentia, I object in the strongest terms to the above development for the following reasons:

Vehicle movement:
Komati Road runs parallel to Barry Herzog Ave but one apart. Barry Herzog is already congested especially at peak hour and Komati Road is being used as the overflow road for taxis and trucks. Barry Herzog will be the main access road to the proposed development which means that Komati Road will become even busier – an untenable situation
The additional traffic has accelerated the deterioration of the road surface of Komati Road. The additional traffic that will be generated by the proposed development will only aggravate an already bad situation.
Utilities:
As an old suburb the infrastructure of Emmarentia is already strained. The proposed development will only make the situation worse.
5 Story Building Development:
Currently, a maximum of 2 stories is permitted on any building which helps regulate the quiet nature of the suburb. A 5 story development, with the additional people and vehicles, will serious disturb this position.
In addition, if permission is granted for this development, it sets a precedent for other developments of this nature. Where does level stop – at 10 stories, at 20 stories!!!! Where????

A DEVELOPMENT OF THIS NATURE MUST NOT BE ALLOWED

Thanks & regards

Steve Chaitel

Errol & Sheila Joffe says:

We have read the above and agree with all said.

Restrict the building to three stories (include the ground floor) and lose the modern look. Cut out all the glass facade as well as on the balconies – the purchasers will have no privacy. And make it part of the purchase agreement that no washing lines will be on the balconies (it is illegal anyway). They will be an eyesore.

The present shops with flats above are ugly enough already. We don’t need more.

Parking and traffic congestion will be horrendous.

Cassim Boorany says:

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Frances Paton
Date: 23 October 2016 at 14:30
Subject: FW: Proposed Development in Emmarentia
To: sos@emmarentia.co.za

Good day

The objections submitted by my husband and myself via the Greenside Residents Association following the previous meeting are attached for your information. Having listened to the latest presentation on behalf of the developer last month we do not believe that the developer has paid any meaningful attention whatsoever to the objections put forward by the residents. Accordingly all our previous objections remain. We do not propose to repeat them here. In short, we are opposed to –

· Any ad hoc amendment of the Precinct Plan to address the requirements of the developer;

· Any rezoning of the affected erven; and

· Any approval of the developer’s application. The project has potential benefit only for the developer and is likely to be catastrophic for the immediate area and only marginally less so for the remainder of the surrounding suburbs – Greenside and Emmarentia.

The latest proposal provided to residents on 27 September 2016 contained no improvement from the previous proposal and merely served to insult the intelligence of all present.

We have read the submissions appearing on the Emmarentia Residents Association website and are in agreement with them.

Regards
Frances Paton

Cassim Boorany says:

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: jane adams
Date: 23 October 2016 at 14:56
Subject: Proposed Development: Emmarentia/Greenside
To: sos@emmarentia.co.za

I strongly object to this proposed development, which is totally at odds with the
precinct plan, and quite frankly would destroy the entire residential suburb of Emmarentia.

I object to the proposed precinct plan amendment, and to any plans for the proposed development that do not conform to the current precinct plan .

Regards
Jane Adams?

Cassim Boorany says:

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Robyn Magowan
Date: 23 October 2016 at 17:40
Subject: Development Emmarentia – Gleneagles – Linden Road – Barry Hertzog stands
To: “sos@emmarentia.co.za”

To the Emmarentia Residents Association

I strenuously object to the proposed 5/6 floor block of low cost flats and strip mall development between Barry Hertzog, Gleneagles and Linden Roads.

The developer has presented an un-researched and un-suitable development without consulting the people living in the adjacent area. The Johannesburg council appears to approve of this development but to my knowledge, no consultation has taken place ‘at grass roots’ among the people it impacts most. I have lived in Shengwedzi Road for 23 years. I have not been consulted by the developers and I do not know anyone in this area who has. I am fully aware development and progress is essential and that the stands in question need re-development and upgrading but not in the way the developer prescribes.

There are enough shops and restaurants in the Greenside. I do not want another restaurant ‘party venue’. There are enough and the noise pollution from their ‘events’ is already difficult to cope with. I do not want the servicing of ‘clients’ up against cars after the restaurants close to spread into the Crocodile/Shengwedzi Road triangle.

I do not want the Crocodile Road/Shengwedzi Road triangle to become a waiting area for refrigerated delivery trucks delivering to the proposed retail outlets or restaurants as happens in Komatie Road outside the back of Checkers and in the street outside the Victory Park Pick n Pay.

I do not want existing retail outlets and restaurants to go out of business. This will destabilize the area.

I do not want Crocodile/Shengwedzi Roads to become a a taxi rank or access point for shoppers, visitors and residents of the proposed development. I can envisage taxis speeding down Barry Hertzog, left onto Tana, left into Crocodile and Gleneagles and back into Barry Herzog tooting continuously.

I do not want our security to be compromised by people often found around taxi ranks such as hawkers and thieves.

I do not want Crocodile and Shengwedzi Roads to become the primary access to the proposed strip-malls’ off-street convenience parking with the entrance opposite Crocodile Road, as proposed in the recent presentation. This is a quiet, stable, family neighbourhood and it should be allowed to stay so.

I do not want an increase in traffic in our area. The peak time traffic speeding through these two streets to avoid traffic lights is already dangerous. The traffic congestion during the week in the surrounding streets is already too high. The side streets around the development are narrow and cannot cope with the existing load.

I do not want a 5/ 6 story low-cost low-rent block of flats in this area. Emmarentia is not a low-cost flats type of suburb.I do not want accommodation for students and other transitory people who have nothing to contribute to the community.

I would like 2 story town-houses with gardens for families, like we see being built along Barry Hertzog, for stable people who want to live in Emmarentia for years and commit to the suburb. This type of development will not devalue our properties that we have taken a lifetime to pay off and maintain.

This development has the potential to change the character of our suburb from a stable, safe, middle to upper-middle class family suburb to a suburb where ‘anything goes’. The development has not been thought through adequately and is, as presented recently, a cheap and nasty quick-fix solution at odds with the people and the suburb around it.

Robyn Magowan

Judith Ancer says:

We, Andrew Brouard and Judith Ancer, strongly object to the proposed amendment to our precinct plan by a speculative developer. We re-iterate the objections we submitted with regards to the application for a change in the title deeds and rezoning of the sites in November 2015.

We attended the meeting called by the developer on September 27th 2016 and were shocked that the professional town planner employed by the developer considered it sufficient to simply present a superficial presentation of an idealised design to the community and call this a consultation regarding amending our precinct plan.

We believe this proposed development, which is in contravention of the current precinct plan and regional spatial development framework for the area, endorsed by residents , is unnecessary, unwanted and will create huge problems for our suburbs. The developers have shown contempt for the needs of residents and existing business owners. They argue in their submission that development is a natural extension of the Greenside business area, however in reality this development will in effect create a new node which will inevitably weaken the existing nodes with resulting adverse impact.

It will provide unnecessary competition to the business areas of Greenside that needs all the support it can get after residents have been struggling for years to deal with illegal businesses in that strip. Now that the city is supporting the Greeenside Residents Association in ensuring only legally compliant businesses operate on the strip, this proposed development will threaten these vulnerable legal businesses and if they are unable to succeed, this leaves the strip open to renewed decay and degradation and will be a great disservice to current residents and business owners.

In addition we are concerned about the huge strain on already inadequate infrastructure, traffic management and the natural environment that this proposed development will bring.

We are appalled that the developers believe that they can manipulate the City into approving this development with such complete and callous disregard for the concerns of residents whose previous objections they have ignored.

We reserve our right to express concerns during any hearings and/or other public engagement forums regarding this matter. Please advise us of the date and time of any hearings and/or meetings pertinent to this objection.

Yours
Judith Ancer and Andrew Brouard
Greenside

Cassim Boorany says:

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Jeff Epstein
Date: 23 October 2016 at 20:36
Subject: Proposed removal of restrictions of Erven 1098-1104 and their simultaneous rezoning
To: sos@emmarentia.co.za

My original objections to the proposed removal of restrictions of Erven 1098-1104 and their simultaneous rezoning still stand. The developer’s amended sketch offers no material changes from the original proposal. Developer’s sketches/artist impressions are meaningless in that they do not accurately reflect the true scale of the development or how really small the units will have to be in order to incorporate the number of proposed units. They also reflect large amounts of fictitious greenery intended to mislead the public and officials.

The existing roadways, particularly Gleneagles road can no longer carry the existing traffic and any development of this size will certainly worsen the problem. There are already access/egress problems to/from Emmarentia via Vaal Road which is badly congested at various times of the day. This will inevitably force the city to the expense of having to expropriate property in order to upgrade the intersection: Komatie Road is already being used extensively by “rat-runners” in order to avoid the traffic lights in Barry Hertzog Avenue. Redevelopment of Erven 1098-1104 as proposed will worsen this.

J W Epstein

Cassim Boorany says:

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: nagdadabhay
Date: 23 October 2016 at 21:17
Subject: Proposed development in the Emmarentia area
To: sos@emmarentia.co.za

Good eveming

As residence residing in the Emarentia area, we are strongly against the development that will be taking place.

As it is we are already experience traffic along Gleaneagles road and Crocodile road during peak traffic. Having the development along this route will cause major congestion making it difficult for residence to go in and out of their properties.

Cassim Boorany says:

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Dadabhay, Shehnaaz
Date: 24 October 2016 at 07:57
Subject: Re the development
To: “sos@emmarentia.co.za”

The development must be stopped.
We don’t need the extra traffic and noise in the area.
It will course our area becoming another Rosebank.
We need to keep it green and not allow developments of these nature to go ahead.
We also do not require any more shops and restaurants.
Let’s keep our area a family friendly area.

SHEHNAAZ DADABHAY

Mariano Castrillon says:

Sirs,

I strongly object to your proposed monster development. We live in Greenside, Clovelly Road, and the country-like peaceful surroundings here is what attracted us to this expensive suburb. Our peace will be shattered and the place will be converted into a hell of traffic, taxis, beggars, loafers and noise to make our life a misery.

We do not need new shopping centres, new shops, parking facilities, flats, apartments or anything that will make our life uncomfortable.

Yours

Mariano S. Castrillón

Gloria Castrillon (Senior) says:

Sirs,

I strongly object to your proposed monster development. We live in Greenside, Clovelly Road, and the country-like peaceful surroundings here is what attracted us to this expensive suburb. Our peace will be shattered and the place will be converted into a hell of traffic, taxis, beggars, loafers and noise to make our life a misery.

We do not need new shopping centres, new shops, parking facilities, flats, apartments or anything that will make our life uncomfortable.

Yours

Mariano S. Castrillón

Alyssa Vratsanos says:

Sirs,

I strongly object to your proposed monster development. We live in Greenside, Clovelly Road, and the country-like peaceful surroundings here is what attracted us to this expensive suburb. Our peace will be shattered and the place will be converted into a hell of traffic, taxis, beggars, loafers and noise to make our life a misery.

We do not need new shopping centres, new shops, parking facilities, flats, apartments or anything that will make our life uncomfortable.

ClaraVratsanos says:

Sirs,

I strongly object to your proposed monster development. We live in Greenside, Clovelly Road, and the country-like peaceful surroundings here is what attracted us to this expensive suburb. Our peace will be shattered and the place will be converted into a hell of traffic, taxis, beggars, loafers and noise to make our life a misery.

We do not need new shopping centres, new shops, parking facilities, flats, apartments or anything that will make our life uncomfortable.

Yours

Mariano S. Castrillón
137, Clovelly Road
Greenside

Nico and Mary Vratsanos says:

Sirs,

I strongly object to your proposed monster development. We live in Greenside, Clovelly Road, and the country-like peaceful surroundings here is what attracted us to this expensive suburb. Our peace will be shattered and the place will be converted into a hell of traffic, taxis, beggars, loafers and noise to make our life a misery.

We do not need new shopping centres, new shops, parking facilities, flats, apartments or anything that will make our life uncomfortable.

Yours

Myrtle & Norman McFarland says:

We, Myrtle & Norman McFarland from Notwani Road Emmarentia strongly object to the proposed development.

Michael Language says:

Gleneagles Rd is a main arterial route to Rosebank and Sandton. Construction will cause greater delays for morning and afternoon traffic. There will be an increase in crime and noise. Crocodile Rd will become congested with construction vehicles. A 5 storey building is not within character with the suburb of emmarentia. It should be no higher than 3 storeys. Has an impact study been made???

Cassim Boorany says:

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From: Rebecca Arata
Date: 24 October 2016 at 13:24
Subject: Objection to the development and rezoning of erven 1098-1104
To: “sos@emmarentia.co.za”

To Whom it May Concern:

Please regard this e-mail as a formal objection by myself, Rebecca Arata, and my husband, Kevin Crowley.

As residents and property owners in Greenside (xx xxxxxx Road) – adjacent to Barry Hertzog and the proposed development in Emmarentia – we have grave concerns about the effect of this development and, by extension, the amendment to the precinct plan it would require.

1. Height of the Development: The six-storey proposed building is in no way in keeping with the single- or occasionally double-storey architectural character of the Emmarentia and Greenside areas. Local residents are required to keep all of their renovations aligned with the character of the neighborhood – as we’ve done with our house, originally built in 1944 – and I see absolutely no reason why a commercial developer should be exempt from doing the same.

2. Residential Density: Our concern regarding the introduction of 89 residential units to the area is twofold. First, this will have an immense and negative impact on the traffic which is already an issue on Barry Hertzog and Gleneagles Road. Second, this is a disproportionate multiplication of the existing residential population. Our own street in Greenside is made up of 14 houses (only two of which are double-storey) with approximately 30 adult residents. This development could easily house quadruple that amount, indicating just how far out of alignment it is with the average residential proportions in the area. Moreover, given the nature of the residential units (apartments) there is likely to be a higher number of tenants than owners, particularly in comparison to the area average. In an owner-dense area such as Emmarentia/Greenside the introduction of short-term residents and non-resident landlords is deeply undesirable.

3. Impact on Property Value: Greenside and Emmarentia are highly desirable areas and the price of residential property reflects that. Much of this desirability is related to the low-density neighborhood, which in turn creates a safer environment for young families such as ours. The construction of a high-density commercial and residential development reduces that desirability and introduces a number of concerns for potential buyers that will deflate property prices, including traffic, high volumes of non-owner-occupiers, and the resultant safety concerns with any large mixed-use development. In the event that this development impacted property prices, we would seek financial redress from the developer.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you require further clarification on any of the points raised above.

Sincerely,
Rebecca Arata

Kevin Crowley

Cassim Boorany says:

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From: Candace Rivett- Carnac
Date: 24 October 2016 at 14:31
Subject: Objection to Proposed Amendments to the Precinct Plan and Rezoning of Erven 1098 to 1104, Emmarentia Ext 1
To: “sos@emmarentia.co.za”

xx xxxxxxx Road
Greenside
Johannesburg

I wish to strongly object to the proposed amendments to the precinct plan and rezoning of Erven 1098 to 1104, Emmarentia Extenion 1 for the purpose of redevelopment.

I am a Greenside resident and my family and I will be impacted by the proposed development for the following reasons:

1. Most residents choose to live in Greenside and Emmarentia due to their residential, low-density and family friendly character. This development will severely affect the suburb if it goes ahead.

2. Traffic congestion is already an issue in the area and this will be further strained by this development.

Candace Rivett-Carnac

Liz Brinkmann says:

I am a resident of Emmarentia Ext 1 and I am opposed to the proposed changes to the precinct plan which was approved by the residents of Greenside and Emmarentia. Furthermore, I object to the proposed development which would necessitate changes being made to the precinct plan. The height of the proposed development is excessive for this area and would result in undesirable increases in traffic and noise.

Cassim Boorany says:

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From: Liz Von Mollendorf
Date: 24 October 2016 at 15:31
Subject: Object to the proposed amendments to the precinct plan and rezoning of Erven 1098 to 1104, Emmarentia Extenion 1 for the purpose of redevelopment
To: sos@emmarentia.co.za

To whom it may concern

Object to the proposed amendments to the precinct plan and rezoning of Erven 1098 to 1104, Emmarentia Extenion 1 for the purpose of redevelopment:

I, together with my family have been Greenside residents for over twenty years. I have grave concerns regarding this development and must add my voice to those objecting.
My understanding is that this is contrary to the spirit and letter of the original title deeds.
Besides the intense densification which this will bring and terrible traffic congestion, there will be an undesirable impact on the character of these suburbs.
Most residents choose to live in Greenside and Emmarentia due to their residential, low-density and family friendly character. This development will severely affect these suburbs if it goes ahead.
The original infrastructure of the suburb was not intended for a concentration of housing units as shown in the development, but for the suburb as it exists at present. As a result, approximately an extra 200 residents confined to a small, congested area will severely overburden the existing infrastructure.
The character and flavour of this green, leafy suburb will be compromised. Nowhere in this area are there developments of this height and nature. Not only will it not fit in, it will become a white elephant.

Kindest regards

The von Mollendorfs
Greenside

Cassim Boorany says:

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From: kenneth clarke
Date: 24 October 2016 at 17:32
Subject: Objection to Development
To: sos@emmarentia.co.za

Kenneth C Clarke of xx xxxxxx Road hereby wish to register his complete objection to the current proposal for the site. The site in question is directly opposite Dopio Zero and stretches down towards the Emmarentia Dam.
The project will not only impact on the style and character of the area but will attract traffic volumes which will put additional strain on the roads and the residents. The area around Dopio Zero provides the beat evidence.
Developers should improve on the character of the neighbourhood rather than contribute towards its degeneration.
Sincerely

Cassim Boorany says:

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From: Nazima Nagdee
Date: 24 October 2016 at 18:03
Subject: Emmarentia Development PROTEST- Save our Suburbs
To: sos@emmarentia.co.za

As a resident of Emmarentia I would like to appose the proposed development at the top of our street Crocodile Road. The development will unfairly create chaos in the community. There is already great strain on the infrastructure and resources as well as major traffic congestion on the surrounding roadways; Glen Eagles and Barry Hertzog.
Our community needs to preserve what we have. We do not need a 6 Storey Development in a small area to cause greater grief and strain on the residents. There is nothing that the development will bring to better enhance our community. The development is not concerned with the community and will only bring greater grief to us all.
Please save our Suburb

Thank you kindly
Nazima Nagdee
xxxxxx Road
Emmarentia

Ahmed Mokgopo says:

To whom it may concern,

I wish to strongly object to the proposed project in Emmmarentia Ext 1. I know the site well and believe this plan has not adequately considered the consequences for this area. The design fails to take opportunities to improve the character and quality of this area and the way it functions.

Regards,
Ahmed Mokogpo

Gys and Martie Landman says:

We strongly object the newly proposed development in Emmarentia. This
is going to change the nature of our suburb.
Gys and Martie Landman

Cassim Boorany says:

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From: Faheemah Patel
Date: 24 October 2016 at 18:43
Subject: Emmarentia Development
To: sos@emmarentia.co.za

I object to the development along gleneagles and linden road. As it is there is traffic congestion in the morning along crocodile road and gleneagles. Having a development will cause major traffic and congestion along this route.

Cassim Boorany says:

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From: Dale Nussey
Date: 24 October 2016 at 18:43
Subject: OBJECT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
To: “sos@emmarentia.co.za”
Cc: Laura

Dear Sirs

Please note our strongest objection to the proposed development of the parcel of land behind the Sunny Shell Garage!!!

Many thanks

Dale Nussey

Jessie Moehl says:

The numerous comments already made strongly indicate the love the residents of Emmarentia have for their tranquil, leafy and above all, limited commercial suburb. It is a disgrace that developers who are solely driven by the money motive want to invade our suburb with hideous commercial developments. The area has already more than enough commercial activities, so there is no further need for still more. Hopefully now that the uncaring ANC administration is no longer in control of the city some sense will prevail with the new administration.
I would, therefore, strongly add my voice to those opposing this development.

Rudesh Patel says:

Dear ERA,

I oppose the proposed development due to the following:
1. The proposed development plans go against the by-laws for Emmarentia.
2. No infrastructure plans have been considered for traffic congestion and electricity supply.
There is no need for any additional offices or retail outlets as there is currently sufficient rental stock available between Emmarentia, Greenside, Greenacres Office Park and Victory Park Shopping Centre. Our priority should be to support existing infrastructure rather than build new ones if not these vacant spaces may be occupied by vagrants occupying these spaces, leading to additional problems for the broader community.

Cassim Boorany says:

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From: Sumaya Mokgopo
Date: 24 October 2016 at 19:58
Subject: Objection over propsed development in Emmarentia
To: sos@emmarentia.co.za

As a resident who lives in the close proximity of the proposed developement, I strongly object against the proposed development. As it is, there are numerous shops and shoping complex surrounding Emmarentia withe Vioctory Park shopping centre and Greenvilliage just up the road.

The development will cause major traffic congestion, as it is traffic is a nightmare in the mornings. With the development it will just cause havoc within the area.

Regards,
Concerned resident

Cassim Boorany says:

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From: Feroza Lekota
Date: 24 October 2016 at 19:59
Subject: Proposed Development
To: sos@emmarentia.co.za

To whom it may concern

I object to the development of the shopping centre on Gleneagles for the following reasons:

1) There are already too many stores and resturants on this road which causes a lot of noise pollution

2) We already have a lot of traffic on this road. Having this development in such a densely populated area will cause more chaos

Kind Regards
A concerned resident

Kashmeera Makan says:

I object to the proposed development for all the reasons detailed below,

Cassim Boorany says:

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From: Rob Croll
Date: 24 October 2016 at 20:14
Subject: Proposed development behind the Sunny Shell Gargare
To: sos@emmarentia.co.za

Please note my strongest objections to the proposed development. It is against the underlying precinct plan for the area, which only allows for residential development. I attended the meeting on 27th September, and was horrified to learn that meetings between the Council and the Developer had taken place without any input or liaison with the Emmarentia Residents Association. Surely this goes against the core constitutional rights of transparency and communication?

Rob Croll
xx xxxxRoad
Emmarentia

Ian Sinclair says:

I strongly object to the proposed development of the 5 storey shopping center, which is too big for the Greenside and Emmarentia suburbs.

Nicholas Wessels says:

To whom it may concern,

I strongly object against this development on Glen Eagles road!

Like many has pointed out already, we have enough grocery, restaurants, DIY, bottle stores, décor shops in the general area of Greenside and Emmarentia. The “night live” in this specific area is already a nuisance, which detracts from the type of neighbourhood we are.

A great concern for me, is the increase of traffic this development will cause. Barry Hertzog and Glen Eagles is already a terribly busy and dangerous road. I’m speaking out of recent experience, where my wife just went to Woollies on a Saturday afternoon and ended up in Mill Park ICU for 7 days!
A development like this, and future developments, will just put more pressure on these roads, and our neighbourhood’s back roads, leading to more accidents and fatalities.
Will this only stop once a 3 or 6 year old kid gets run over and killed outside his own house?!?!

What makes Emmarentia and Greenside special is our green leafy neighbourhood, that is unlike many of the other high density areas of Johannesburg. It has a focus towards the botanical gardens and the dam, where families takes their kids and dog for a walk. It has a charm of a old existing village, a place that isn’t as fast paced as the rest of Johannesburg, where different race and religious villagers live peacefully together and that is filled with friendly residents.

Should this development go ahead, it will set a precedent. Slowly but surely more and more of these very high density areas with little shops and bars will come up. It will become a rat race village, that will destroy the village which Greenside and Emmarentia once were.

I agree with some people who say that we need more “young blood” in our neighbourhood and that property prices are too expensive for young families to invest in Emmarentia and Greenside. So I would consider a small town house complex with 2 to 3 bedroom units, with a garden, that isn’t more than 2 storey high. Where the developer takes into account the direct neighbours wishes. And also invest in our road, storm water and sewer infrastructure!

Please listen to the residents of Emmarentia and Greenside! This is their area where they invested in, because they also believed in the village that Emmarentia and Greenside is!

Nicholas Wessels
Cell: +27 seven eight 46o oo18
9 N1ger road
Emmarentia

Vaunn Kelly says:

I object to this proposed development for the following reasons:
– this proposed development goes against the approved Precinct plan;
– this proposed plan is out of place with the character of the suburb and existing surrounding suburban housing;
– at 5 storey’s high this proposed building will be significantly higher than any other building in the neighbourhood – scarring the visible landscape and is therefore too high to ensure a suitable fit with the neighbourhood;
– this proposed plan will create a significant burden on current infrastructure – e.g. roads, water, electricity etc. that are already suffering from increasing congestion;
– the proposed development has not conducted and shared an independent, qualified and transparent traffic impact assessment. I believe the proposed development will result in a significant increase in density congesting the roads (especially around the existing congestion on Glen Eagles Road) and related infrastructure above already excessive levels;
– the number of vehicles that will be introduced by this development will have a wider negative domino impact on traffic across Greenside and Emmarentia and potentially beyond;
– the proposed development has not catered for sufficient road space to ensure that double lane traffic can be catered for in both directions, nor sufficient walkway to cater for pedestrian and cycling traffic in an area that is a major thoroughfare and will become increasingly so under this proposed development;
– the number of units proposed in this development is too high resulting in unsustainable densification and pressure on existing infrastructure;
– this development will lead to a reduction in property values – due to the above reasons – jeopardising most residents single largest and most important investment.

Please formally include my objections to this proposed development.

Regards

Vaunn Kelly

ANTHONY LIGHTFOOT says:

The Emmarentia area does not have the infrastructure for a development of this magnitude. The roads, the traffic patterns, the sewage and the recreational facilities are all totally inadequate to cater for a large number of new residents and their cars. Emmarentia is a quiet, family -orientated suburb and there is no demand nor need to make it into a second Hillbrow or Berea. The commercial development in Greenside are already causing problems with traffic, parking and drug related problems. One such high-density development, if approved, will set a precedent and allow other similar developments to be approved by Council. I strenuously object to the proposed development on Linden/ Barry Hertzog and Gleneagles Rds.

Yusuf Kharva says:

I strongly object to the proposed amendments to the Precinct Plan and Rezoning application in respect of this development.
We do not want or need any more Retail Shops in the area ; Emmarentia is a residential area and must remain as such.
Furthermore, we certainly do not want ANY DEVELOPMENT that exceeds 3 stories in height, as this will inevitably lead to further high developments nearby.
If this developer had come to the last meeting with a proposal that was :
1. residential
2. maximum 3 stories in height
there would have been no objections to his plans ; i.e. adhere to the precinct plan.
As it was, there was not one resident at the meeting in favour of this monstrosity

Yusuf Kharva
47 Komatie Road
Emmarentia

Adilla Saloojee says:

I object to this proposed development for the following reasons:
– this proposed development goes against the approved Precinct plan;
– this proposed plan is out of place with the character of the suburb and existing surrounding suburban housing;
– at 5 storey’s high this proposed building will be significantly higher than any other building in the neighbourhood – scarring the visible landscape and is therefore too high to ensure a suitable fit with the neighbourhood;
– this proposed plan will create a significant burden on current infrastructure – e.g. roads, water, electricity etc. that are already suffering from increasing congestion;
– the proposed development has not conducted and shared an independent, qualified and transparent traffic impact assessment. I believe the proposed development will result in a significant increase in density congesting the roads (especially around the existing congestion on Glen Eagles Road) and related infrastructure above already excessive levels;
– the number of vehicles that will be introduced by this development will have a wider negative domino impact on traffic across Greenside and Emmarentia and potentially beyond;
– the proposed development has not catered for sufficient road space to ensure that double lane traffic can be catered for in both directions, nor sufficient walkway to cater for pedestrian and cycling traffic in an area that is a major thoroughfare and will become increasingly so under this proposed development;
– the number of units proposed in this development is too high resulting in unsustainable densification and pressure on existing infrastructure;
– this development will lead to a reduction in property values – due to the above reasons – jeopardising most residents single largest and most important investment.

Please formally include my objections to this proposed development.

Regards
Adilla Saloojee
47 Komatie Road
Emmarentia

Cassim Boorany says:

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From: LEN BRINKMAN
Date: 25 October 2016 at 05:02
Subject: Proposed development
To: sos@emmarentia.co.za

Hi,
Please find below my comments regarding the proposed development:

1) adherence to the precinct and spatial development plans need to be enforced (residential end density)
2) height restrictions needs to be adhered to

Kind regards
Len Brinkman
xxxxxx Road

Cassim Boorany says:

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From: Pat Deacon
Date: 25 October 2016 at 08:01
Subject: Objection to development in Emmarentai
To: sos@emmarentia.co.za

I live in Emmarentia, a green leafy and cultural hub. We have so much traffic on Barry Hertzog already, schools in the area and of course the walks, cycles, canoeing, and activities at the dam, Marks Park and the Botanical gardens. We have plenty of shops and restaurants in the area and do not require more, especially as parking is very restricted. Go find somewhere else where there are already high rise and probably a lot of empty buildings! Leave our beautiful suburb alone!
Pat Deacon

Cassim Boorany says:

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From: Mark Fitzpatrick
Date: 25 October 2016 at 08:06
Subject: Objection to proposed development.
To: sos@emmarentia.co.za

To whom it may concern

I would like to put my objection on record to the proposed five story mixed use complex. It is not in line with the precinct plan, and should it go ahead will open the door for future similar developments. Emmarentia is a residential suburb used by vast amounts of people for recreational activities. This will erode should densification be allowed to take place. A massive five story building will also be an eyesore in the green suburb.

Regards
Mark Fitzpatrick

Jackie Howard says:

Emmarentia is one of Johannesburg’s green lungs. It is my understanding that all renovations to residential property and developments have to be approved by ERA in order to ensure that they comply with the requirements of the Louw Geldenhuys Trust. The Emmarentia Residents’ Association (ERA) represents residents of our beautiful suburb.

Our built and natural environment and our architectural and social heritages are important elements of what makes the Emmarentia suburb desirable and amenable to us all, and are worth protecting and enhancing through judicious development.

ERA strives to act in a way that is positive, transparent, and equitable and results in the sustainable development of our suburb. ERA therefore has a role to play in ensuring this for all residents. As part of our brief we provide residents with information on building alterations, town planning requirements and heritage applications as well as act on behalf of the forefathers of our suburb – the Louw Geldenhuys Trust (LGT). The LGT has an integral role to play in ensuring that building plans, land use changes and heritage aspects comply with the conditions in a property’s title deeds. ERA, on behalf of the LGT, must therefore scrutinise every single building plan for house alterations in the suburb prior to building plan approval by the City Council – all of which must be done before anyone begins building on their site. ERA is also mandated by the Heritage Act to inspect those plans and properties which require Heritage Agency permits (any work to buildings, or on the same property as buildings, 60 years or older). This scrutiny is required by the Provincial Heritage Resources Agency ­ Gauteng (PHRAG) who will grant their approval, before plans can be submitted to the City Council for building plans approval.

Greenside and Emmarentia have sufficient mixed use developments already in existence. Many of them are vacant at any one time. In addition Victory Park, Linden and Parkhurst are a stone’s throw away from this development where offices, shops, restaurants are in abundant supply.

I don’t think any of the existing buildings are 6 stories high, which is in violation of the zoning of the properties. There are already significant traffic problems in the area and adding another development with this many expected owners/tenants will only aggravate the problem.

Perhaps the new mayor of Johannesburg should be made aware of this proposed development and how it violates all of the zoning and precinct plan regulations.

Maybe we have another example of “state capture” at local government level. It is inconceivable how a development can violate so many regulations and objections but still get approval.

Cassim Boorany says:

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From: Neil Berelowitz
Date: 25 October 2016 at 09:02
Subject: objection to new development
To: “sos@emmarentia.co.za”

Hi,
I am a concerned resident who has been living in Emmarentia for many years and object to a 5 storey complex being built in our lovely suburb.
The proposed site only has residential rites and not business rites. The corner of Barry Hertzog and Gleneagles will not be able to cope with the added traffic that this will bring as well as the added noise and pollution.

Thanks and Regards
NEIL BERELOWITZ

Cassim Boorany says:

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From: Jay Bhula
Date: 25 October 2016 at 09:06
Subject: My Objection to the proposed new development in Emmarentia.
To: sos@emmarentia.co.za

To Whom it May Concern

I have previously expressed my objection to the proposed mixed use development behind Sunny Shell Garage, and remain opposed to the latest modifications proposed.

It will inherently damage the character of the suburb, and further increase congestion.

This development must be stopped.

Jaiprakash Bhula

Cassim Boorany says:

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From: Laura
Date: 25 October 2016 at 10:14
Subject: RE : OBJECTION TO DEVELOPMENT
To: sos@emmarentia.co.za

Dear Sirs,

Please note my strongest objection to the proposed development of the parcel of land behind the Sunny Shell Garage!!!

Many thanks

Laura Nussey.

Cassim Boorany says:

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From: Kathleen Western
Subject: OBJECTION : ADDENDUM TO PRECINCT PLAN IN EMMARENTIA TO FACILITATE NON-COMPLIANT DEVELOPMENT ON ERVEN 1098-1104

Dear All

Attached hereto my annual objection to the persistent attempts to a private developer’s proposal to create an addendum to the valid Emmarentia/Greenside Precinct Plan for the purposes of facilitating non-compliant development in our neighbourhood.

Kindly acknowledge receipt hereof, and keep me informed of future developments.

Thank you.

Kathleen Western

Cassim Boorany says:

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From: Hannes Beyers
Date: 25 October 2016 at 15:36
Subject: Objection to Proposed Development
To: “sos@emmarentia.co.za”

Dear Sir / Madam,

I wish hereby to register my strongest objection to the proposed development of Emmarentia, the proposed changing of the Precinct plan and the proposed rezoning of erven 1098 – 1104 to Business 2.

Such a development would add to the already hectic traffic congestion and problems on Barry Hertzog Drive, especially over peak times. Noise pollution would without doubt increase exponentially.

Such a development would also destroy the historical character of our suburb, as well as the natural green and leafy character of our neighbourhood.

I support the Emmarentia Residents’ Association’s campaign against the proposed development.

Regards,

J.M. (Hannes) Beyers

Cassim Boorany says:

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From: Jenny Grice
Date: 24 October 2016 at 20:34
Subject: Objections to proposed amendment to the precinct plan and the proposed development on Erven 1098 – 1104 Emmarentia Ext 1
To: crog@netactive.co.za
Cc: sos@emmarentia.co.za

24 October 2016

Attention: Craig Pretorius

Dear Sir

Please find my objection to the above.

I have been checking regularly on your website for the EIAs for this development and I have not been able to find them. These were promised to us at the public meeting in September 2016. Perhaps I have been looking in the wrong place. Please send the url address so that I can access them.

Jenny Grice

Naomi Hill says:

To whom it may concern:
I would like to add my objection to those already tendered regarding the proposed development in Greenside.
I object in the strongest terms to a development which will fundamentally alter the character of the area, impact negatively on traffic and reduce the nature of Johannesburg’s largest green lung.
Regards, Naomi Hill
10 Mazoe Road

Tanvier Omar says:

To whom it may concern
We would like to add our voices to others objecting to the proposed mixed use development in greenside/emmarentia. We do not support ammendments to the precinct plan and object strongly to the re zoning application for erven 1198 -1104 Emmarentia for all the many reasons previously stated.
Tanvier Omar and Neil Martinson

Cassim Boorany says:

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From: Penny Finck
Date: 25 October 2016 at 17:28
Subject: Development in Emmarentia.
To: sos@emmarentia.co.za

To whom it concerns.

I tried to post a comment on the website but it will not take it.

I’m totally opposed to any further development in Emmarentia. It would impact on the traffic in a residential area!! Also the development is not in context with a quiet green area.

Many thanks
Penny Finck.

Cassim Boorany says:

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From: Ahmed Jooma
Date: 25 October 2016 at 19:14
Subject: Objection to five story development -Behind Sunnyshell
To: sos@emmarentia.co.za

Dear Sir/Madam

I would like to express my total objection to this development on the basis that:

It will cause a massive amount of traffic congestion, as it will increase the volume of traffic in and out of this area, which abuts two major arterial routes in this area; viz Linden Road, and Barry Hertzog. These roads, particularly Barry Hertzog, have a constant flow of traffic, and in particular, both have a severe flow during peak hours. The impact of the additional traffic used by residents of this proposed development, and the further increase based on patronage of the business use units in this complex, is likely to cause severe congestion. It will have a knock on effect on Tana Road which also carries significant traffic to the western suburbs.

It will change the character of the suburb which is relatively and largely one storey high. The mixed used development will significantly alter this character. Densification should not come at the expense of the infrastructural capability of this area. I have lived here for more than 15 years and have seen the suburb deteriorate under DA control. The roads are not maintained, and many other facilities that require maintenance are neglected. Thus it amazes that the City would permit densification, without optimising service maintenance.

Kind Regards
Ahmed Jooma

Cassim Boorany says:

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Paul Kapelus
Date: 25 October 2016 at 22:30
Subject: Objection
To: sos@emmarentia.co.za

I strongly object to the proposed amendments to the Emmarentia / Greenside Precinct Plan and Rezoning application in respect of this development.

I am lodging my objection to the above development. The development will place undue strain on existing infrastructure, especially the roads and will contribute to significant traffic congestion. The traffic studies have not adequately considered these impacts. The impact assessment further did not consider the aesthetic impact on the neighborhood and the changes to the heritage of the area. It is an unnecessary development and will set in motion higher density developments which will create significant social and economic impact for the residents of the neighborhood. There are woefully insufficient mitigation measures proposed and therefore the development should not be allowed to proceed. The plans have not considered the previous objections and identified impacts and are an insult to the residents.

Please do not allow the proposed development to proceed.

Paul Kapelus
Emmarentia resident.

Cassim Boorany says:

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From: Richard Devey
Date: 25 October 2016 at 23:18
Subject: Objection to proposed development of Erven 1098 to 1104 Emmarentia Extension 1
To: sos@emmarentia.co.za

To whom it may concern

As a homeowner in Emmarentia I object to the above development for the following reasons:

The proposed development contravenes both local Precinct Plans and the city Precinct Plans for areas designated for densification. It contravenes these plans in terms of number of storeys and density of units by area.

The development represents a significant threat to existing businesses in Emmarentia and Greenside.

The development is likely to have a significant negative effect on the value of homes in the surrounding area.

The development will lead to transport congestion and strain on infrastructure. Barry Hertzog Road is already congested during peak hour and Komatie Road is in poor condition because of overflow traffic. In the past year or two we have experienced water cuts due to pipes bursting and electricity outages due to substations catching fire. The infrastructure in Emmarentia is old and needs maintenance. The proposed development will add heavy demand to the already strained infrastructure in the suburb.

The development is presented as providing much needed residential and business units for members of the community. Other residents have rightly argued there is no demand for more business units (medical or otherwise) in the area. The argument that there is a need for residential units is stronger. However, the nature of this development – the number of storeys, the high density of units, etc. – suggests another, less social motive lies at the heart of this development – maximising profit. This profit is to be achieved by taking rent from a large number of residential and business tenants squeezed into a small space. Do we want this form of exploitation in our community?

My partner and another homeowner in Emmarentia also object to this development.

Dr Richard Devey

Cassim Boorany says:

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From: Gert
Date: 26 October 2016 at 06:56
Subject: Proposal
To: sos@emmarentia.co.za

Hi,

We do not agree with the development as proposed
Due to the height of the building as well as 30% being
Used for commercial use.

Best regards

Gert Imelmann

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