Rezone Objections

Reference points

CalgroM3 web site
a) R1,356 Billion tender awarded in 3 Nov 2010

Comaro Chronicle 13 Apr 2011
b) First and only public meeting held in 8 Apr 2011
c) Initial proposal was for 2,800 units
d) Initial proposal did not include RDP housing
f) Concerns raised wrt excessive number of units
g) Concerns raised wrt negative effect on values of surrounds

11-South-Hills-Extension2-Memorandum-in-support-of-the-application-for-Township-Establishment.pdf - Nov 2011
h) Memorandum has 5,161 units
i) Memorandum has RDP/BNG/GAP units
j) Memorandum has 3-4 storey units

Summary of Objections
 NumberObjectionReason
 1
Loss of community heritage park land
This is against the wishes of forefathers as expressed in the title deeds - "The land is to be used solely for the purposes of a public park" – Rezoning Moffat Park sets a very bad precedent, what's next - rezoning Rhodes Park, Mellville Koppies, The Wilds?

Moffat Park is used for hiking, mountain biking, camping, bird watching, etc, by residents of surrounding suburbs.
 2Loss of park that serves the community for recreation with health and well-being benifits
Moffat Park is a good quality, accessible green space and provides many health and well-being benefits. The most significant of these can be grouped into three broad categories: (1) increased life expectancy and reduced health inequality; (2) improvements in levels of physical activity and health; (3) promotion of psychological health and mental well-being.  Associations have been found between access to green space and raised levels of physical activity, which in turn improves individuals’ health. Green spaces also have a beneficial impact on mental well-being and cognitive function.
 3Loss of open natural, environmentally friendly green space with associated climate change impact
Moffat Park has an important role in supporting the adaptation of people who live in the surrounding suburbs and city to a changing climate.  It provides shade, cooling and wind interception and an insulation role in the winter. It also mitigates the risks from climate change-induced reductions in air and water quality; and it provides a buffer for habitats and species, whilst contributing to attainment of sustainable urban drainage and controlling upstream water flows to reduce flood risk. Effectively harnessed, Moffat Park has the potential for informing people about climate change. Moffat Park can also be used to promote an appreciation of the impacts of climate change and lifestyle changes needed to reduce further effects and/or to adapt to them.
 4Loss of wildlife, bird life and habitatsEcological benefits of urban green infrastructure are largely related to the provision of habitat. Species from the very common to the very rare make use of all types of green areas like Moffat Park.
 5Enhancing social cohesion
Moffat Park has the potential for enhancing social cohesion; it can bring people together, and can create community cohesion as different social groups engage with each other whilst making use of the park for recreation.
 6The current plan’s educational facilities are inadequate to accommodate the children of 5,161
families.
Schools in the surround are already over capacity
Tertiary education is non-existent
The proposal has educational facilities as part of phase 2
Educational facilities need to be built first to prevent event further over-crowing in surrounding schools.
The development must not start until educational facilities are built.
 7The current plan does not sufficiently cater for public transportation provisioning
Public transportation in the south is currently very limited.
The proposed BRT, will not adequately cater for the high density development
Recommend Gautrain be provided to the South
 8The development will have a negative effect on values of surrounding properties.
The current proposal of RDP/BNG/GAP units have values well below the values of surrounding suburbs (The Hill, Linmeyer) whose units which vary from R1m to over R2.5m. This will result in unit values being depressed in surrounding areas, and residents losing money in their most valuable investment.
 9Lack of consultation
Tender was awarded 5 months before public participation
One poorly advertised and attended meeting was held
Requests for meetings have been ignored
Notices were placed in difficult to locate locations
Insufficient periods were provided for objections - only 28 days
 10The current plan does not cater for rehabilitation of surrounding suburbs or communityNo investment is being made in uplifting existing suburbs. R1,356 Billion would be better spent uplifting suburbs like Welfare Park, South Hills, Moffat View, etc
 11The current plan does not address the social and economic needs of the 5,161 families and surrounding suburbs.
The current plan for 5,161 units is 6.88x more dense than the surrounding suburbs.
This will result in overcrowding and unemployment, with unwelcome social and economic decline.
The increased density will have a detrimental social and economic effect on surrounding suburbs
 12The current plan does not address the inadequate road infrastructure & traffic congestion already
experienced on arterial routes around Moffat Park.
The estimated +10,000 cars will result in significant congestion during peak hours on arterial routes. During peak hours, congestion already exists on cnr East / Southern Klipriviersberg Roads During peak hours, congestion already exists on Vickers/Marjorie/M19 north all the way through to Heidelberg Rd into the city.
The traffic impact study was conducted during December/January - when roads are quiet.


Suggestions
  • Involve the community
  • Maintain the same unit density as surrounding suburbs - reduce the number of units from 5,161 to less than 1,000
  • No multilevel 3-4 storey units be allowed, only single family dwellings be allowed
  • All units to be "full title" and no "council/metro" rental housing
  • No RDP/BNG/GAP units
  • Improve public transportation, The proposed BRT is inadequate, recommend providing the Gautrain
  • All educational facilities to be completed before project starts (phase zero)
  • Don't build another "South Hills", rather uplift Welfare Park, South Hills, Moffat View, Roseacre, etc
  • Conduct a forensic audit of the tender process, as it seems that due diligence and due process was not followed

How to object

Download the objection templates and submit - see Templates

Send objections to:

Executive Director
Development Planning, Transportation and Environment
8th Floor, Room 8100,
Block A, Metropolitan Centre,
158 Loveday Street,
Braamfontein
Fax: 011-339-4000
Tinus Erasmus
Pr. Pln A/119/2009
Senior Town Planner
Calgro M3
33 Ballyclare Drive
Bryanston, 2021
Private Bag X33
Craighall, 2024
Tel: 011-300-7500
Fax: 086-687-2129
Email: tinus@calgrom3.com
Charles le Roux
Director CalgroM3
Calgro M3 / CTE
33 Ballyclare Drive
Bryanston, 2021
Private Bag X33
Craighall, 2024
Tel: 0861-Calgro (225476)
Fax: 086-687-2129
Email: charles@calgrom3.com
Petitions Officer
Office of the Speaker
City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality
P.O. Box 1049
Johannesburg, 2000
Tel: 011-407-7335
Fax: 011-403-1615
Email: petitions@joburg.org.za
Standard Bank
5 Simmonds Street
Johannesburg 2001
P O Box 7725
Johannesburg 2000
Tel: 0860-123-000
Tel: 011-299-4701
information@standardbank.co.za
LEAP
Dr Gwen Theron
P.O. Box 13185
Hatfield, 0028
Cell: 083-302-2116
Fax: 086-606-6130
Fax: 012-344-3582
gwen.theron@telkomsa.net


CTE Consulting Town & Regional Planners
CTE Consulting was incorporated into CalgroM3 in December 2007
P.O. Box 3374
Randburg
2125
011-3007500
charles@cteconsulting.co.za

Ward Councillors
Denis Jane
Johannesburg Ward 56
dkjane@global.co.za
Cell: 083-701-8856
http://www.mobilitate.co.za/pg/profile/DennisJane

Beverley Delyse Turk
Johannesburg Ward 57
beverleyt@joburg.org.za
Cell: 071-143-1712
http://www.mobilitate.co.za/pg/profile/BeverleyDelyseTurk

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