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VERKYKERSKOP MICRO SDF

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VERKYKERSKOP MICRO SDF

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  1. VERKYKERSKOP MICRO SDF First Consultation Session with Governmental Role-players 1March 2007

  2. Agenda • Welcoming and Attendance • Micro SDF Work Plan • Background • Legal Mandate • Micro SDF & Development Concept • Role Player Departments Inputs/ Requirements • Lunch • Site Visit

  3. Micro SDF Work Plan

  4. Legal Mandate • LMV was approved by Phumelela to compile a Micro SDF • Micro SDF preparation approved by Council in terms Section 120 of the Municipal Systems Act (32/2000) • First consultation with GOs and representatives of land owners and representatives of NGOs

  5. Background • Verkykerskop is a small services node to the surrounding agriculture community. • All of the involved land is privately owned • The study area for the MSDF is approximately a 1000 ha • Land is exclusively used for farming, although the agricultural potential of the larger portion is considered marginal • Current land uses include residential (60 families), guesthouses, commercial (general store & restaurants, Co-op), agricultural-related uses such as auction pens & VBV hall and institutional (SAPS) and post office

  6. Development ConceptSDF Structure: Urban • Inner village / town square • Commercial • apartments • “Dorp” residential erven • to cover economic spectrum • Subsistence / organic / gardens • Country-inn and guesthouses • Institutional • Agricultural: VBV • Sport, cultural tourism activities

  7. Development ConceptSDF Structure: Rural • Equestrian ranch and working farm • Nature reserve including residential • west: hunter’s lodge • east: game, birding and fly-fishing; health spa • Agricultural • Crop farming to continue on high potential agricultural land • Marginal and fallow fields to be rehabilitated • Urban fringe concept • Note: Residential density to decrease from urban centre • Sport, cultural tourism activities

  8. Development ConceptHousing • To cover broad economic spectrum • Various themes & Architectural style • Housing options • Variation of density and size

  9. Development ConceptEnvironmental Framework • GIS overlays of environmentally sensitive areas • Cultural heritage resources to be protected and capitalised on, e.g. archaeological sites • Biodiversity • Habitat protection and rehabilitation, e.g. wetlands, soil conservation and rehabilitation • Species conservation, e.g. cranes, bald ibis, sungazer lizards (“ouvolk”) • Reintroduction of rare endemic species, e.g. oribi’s • Capitalisation on resources, e.g. stargazing • Development opportunity zones, e.g. no-go zones, limited opportunity zones, etc.

  10. Development ConceptServices • Alternative renewable energy sources • Private provision of bulk services (utility company) • Water (investigate geo-hydrological options) • Central treatment of sewerage • Grey water usage • Solid waste removal • Electricity (renewable, supplementary to ESKOM power) • Roads and streets • Landing strip • Roads Project

  11. Development ConceptAgriculture • Agricultural guidelines in terms of National Legislation and local experience • Soil conservation and rehabilitation • High potential land to be utilised as working farm (subsistence farming) • Agricultural experimentation, intensification and diversity

  12. Development ConceptUrban Design Principles • Strong urban design influence resulting in: • Design places for people • Enrich the existing • Make connections • Work with the landscape • Mixed uses and forms • Manage the investment • Design for change • Examples

  13. Development ConceptTourism • Unlocking the potential of the northern section of the Maloti Tourism Route (establishment of a node) • Capitalise on existing resources • Catalyst / Partnerships • Tourist destination halfway between Durban and Johannesburg – just off the N3

  14. Development ConceptTourism: Existing • Vistas of the eastern escarpment, e.g. three scenic passes, snow in winter • Birding destination (linked with Memel – RAMSAR site, a wetland of international importance) • Braamhoek hydro-electrical scheme • Witkoppen Nature Reserve • Altitude (2 000 m plus) • Sites of archaeological significance • Adventure sport, e.g. rock climbing • Hunting/ wing-shooting

  15. Development ConceptTourism: Existing • Old Mill and general dealer • Organised equestrian activities • Autumn festival • Agro-tourism • Horse breeding, sports and auction • Cultural tourism / exploitation of indigenous knowledge • Flyfishing • Offroading • Existing Guesthouses & Restaurant in (Verkykerskop)

  16. Role Player DepartmentsInputs and Requirements

  17. Department of Agriculture • Protect farmer’s interests • Determine potential of agricultural land and no-go agricultural land using soil samples in consultation with Dept. of Agriculture (local advisor) – indicate as layer on GIS • No smallholdings • Agricultural land inside SDF area not excluded as Agricultural Land in terms of 70/1970

  18. Department of Tourism, Environmental and Economic Affairs • Confirm importance of detailed EIA process and EMP • Departmental input in SDF process • Concern on fly fishing • Impact of the development on surrounding area, e.g. light pollution • Policing to ensure compliance with EMP (environmental control officer by Home Owners’ Association) • Statement: [Developers/ land owners confirm that environmental setting is important to them and that it will be protected as such]

  19. Department of Tourism, Environmental and Economic Affairs • Concern regarding establishment of alien species • Concern regarding offroading • Availability of documentation • Protection of existing resources (“environmental attractions”) • Concern regarding impact on surrounding area • DTEEA to identify certain key environmental role-players • Tourism inputs to be gathered from DC (refer to existing study)

  20. Department of Public Works, Roads and Transport • Timeframe for development to allow planning on the side of the Department (estimated 2 years) • Pedestrians (development on both sides of the road) • Increased traffic • Consultation with road project engineers (Rudnat) • Traffic calming/ slowing down measures to be discussed with department • Building lines and building restrictions (relaxation possible) • Parking

  21. South African Police Service • Upgrading of facilities in progress (36 staff) • Existing facilities may be upgraded in future • Residential component is on site

  22. Department of Education • Inputs required from Dept. if schools are considired

  23. Department of Local Government and Housing (Spatial Planning Directorate) • More detailed required by Dept. before SDF can be assessed/ is approved • SDF to address area of development/ development densities/ define terms, e.g. mixed land use/ detail regarding development zones • Availability of bulk services and max. development potential • “Alternative” service provision options • Fresh approach (continuous liaison with department) • Origin of existing land uses (refer to title deeds, permits, etc.) • Impact of development on existing settlement/ service node