A new mixed use development is being planned near the landmark Imhoff Farm in Kommetjie, with the public participation process being undertaken as part of the required Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process set to commence in mid-July.
The proposed development site comprises the remaining 58,63 ha of Cape Farm 1529 and will include retirement, residential, retail and educational amenities, with close to 22 ha set aside as a conservation area.
“Our vision is to sensitively develop the remainder of Cape Farm 1529 to address the future needs of our growing community,” says managing director Gerhard van der Horst.
‘Intergrated, mutual benefit’
The application for the rezoning of the land to ‘sub-divisional area zone’ which is also underway is consistent with the City of Cape Town’s forward planning. The ‘Master Plan’ application is to create a sustainable community where people are able to live and work, which is integrated with those in the surrounding areas, for mutual benefit, says Van der Horst.
“The planning process has been undertaken in terms of all applicable legislation and municipal and provincial requirements, as well as feedback from interested local parties. We have crafted a master plan for the sustainable long term development of the land and we expect the full project to take between 30 and 50 years to be completed.
The development site is located within the Southern Planning District urban edge and will act as a link between the communities of Ocean View and Kommetjie. Van der Horst says significant socio-economic benefits are anticipated, mainly due to increased temporary and permanent employment prospects as well as business opportunities.
“At present, most local residents work and spend their earnings outside of the area; our vision is to create a sustainable live, work, play environment. The development will attract new investment, promote job creation and increase income levels as well as contributing to the struggling local economy” explains Van der Horst.
‘Inject R1.56bn investment, more than 6 600 jobs’
It is estimated that the project will inject R1,56 billion into the area, and create more than 6 600 jobs during its construction phase. The operational phase will contribute R330 million to the local economy with a further 604 employment opportunities for locals.
Given its scenic quality, views and rural character and close proximity to the recently upgraded transport infrastructure in the South Peninsula, the proposed site is ideal for residential development. This will include a retirement village of over 200 units, as well as a security estate and three-storey apartment blocks.
Supplementary amenities such as shops, offices and a school will complement the residential elements. These facilities will be sustainably and locally accessible for future residents and tenants of the development, as well as the surrounding communities.
“The types of homes to be built – particularly the high component of retirement housing – are in line with local market needs. We have decided to kick off the development with the retirement phase,” says van der Horst.
He says the proposed development is designed to achieve a balance between providing much-needed housing and protecting the environment – a matter close to the hearts of Kommetjie residents. Homes will be built on land with lower ecological sensitivity and will be sufficiently set back from sensitive wetland habitat to the north of the site. They will also be located so as to minimise their visual impact on the site. Close to 55 percent of the total development area will comprise open space which supports the vision to retain the rural aspect of the area.
‘Ecologically sensitive areas’
According to the recently completed environmental scoping report, the proposed development site is undeveloped and contains some indigenous vegetation including critically endangered and endangered fynbos. The site’s ecologically sensitive areas will be set aside and secured as conservation areas that are specifically orientated to maintain ecological connectivity between the adjacent northern and southern parts of Table Mountain National Park (TMNP).
“Red Cliff is committed to the sustainable and responsible development of property in Kommetjie, preserving the sense of place, contributing to its economic growth and job creation for locals. We look forward to working with the community and other interested parties to help us achieve these goals,” says van der Horst.
The Public Participation Process (PPP) – due to begin in July – will enable Interested and Affected Parties (I&APs) to engage with the process and help to identify issues and concerns that need to be addressed. The PPP will entail the placement of relevant advertisements in local and regional media, on-site notices and direct notification of the immediately abutting neighbours and relevant public interest groups.
All relevant documentation is available from www.redcliff.co.za.