OUR FUTURE IN THE BALANCE CAMPAIGN

APPEAL FOR DONATIONS FOR LEGAL COSTS 

The recent Gatvol Petition was signed by over 4000 Far South residents.  We are all totally frustrated by the traffic congestion within, and in and out of our area, as it negatively impacts our daily lives.  The City has acknowledged that utilisation of Ou Kaapse Weg has exceeded capacity.  Yet the authorities continue to approve ever more development in the area targeting upper and middle income buyers.

Quoting the City’s own District Plan: “major new developments in the far south sub-district must be dependent on the availability of sufficient and adequate service infrastructure for the sub-district as a whole and to this extent Traffic Impact Assessments (TIAs) on major new developments should take into consideration traffic impacts …on key access routes out of the valley, and particularly Ou Kaapse Weg”.

Riverside Glen Extension (the first 107 of 400 houses) in Kommetjie has recently been approved based on a Regional Traffic Impact Assessment which does not meet the requirements of our District Plan. Right of appeal was denied.  The Kommetjie Residents and Ratepayers Association (KRRA) have recognised that, if this development is allowed to go ahead, it will set a precedent that will open the flood gates for further development. There are already more than 4000 new dwelling units approved in the Far South, over 3200 of which are developer-driven new upper and middle class homes; and there are several thousand more in the pipeline.

Previous objections to irresponsible development have been ignored by the City. There has been no response from the Mayor as yet to the Gatvol Petition. It is now clear that the only way to get the City to follow its own plans and protect its own interests is to take legal action. The KRRA have obtained legal advice which indicates that there are reasonable prospects of a legal challenge succeeding.

As this issue affects us all, the Far South Peninsula Community Forum has undertaken to support the KRRA and assist in bringing this to the attention of all Far South residents.  Legal costs are estimated at R350,000. Taking the crowd-sourcing model, we appeal to all to make a contribution, with a deadline of end July 2016.

Think of the future. Think of it with another 4000 ++ homes in our area – another 8000 cars on the roads. And the schools? The clinics? The social services? Law enforcement?  This is our only chance to stop irresponsible development which benefits developers, and costs the rest of us time, money and health. How much are you prepared to invest to protect our area from the irrevocable chaos that results from over development?   We owe it to ourselves and our children.

Donations by end July to:
Far South Peninsula Community Forum (FSPCF)
A/c number: 374216428;   Standard Bank Fish Hoek;
Bank code 036009 for deposits
Bank code 051001 for electronic payments
Reference: Your surname, Gatvol.
Email: aroseinn@icloud.com  for a receipt

You can read more on the facts behind this campaign HERE and
traffic and  infrastructure facts HERE.

Letterhead FSPCF

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The ‘Gatvol’ Petition has 3000 signatures! Now please attend the follow up meeting

INVITATION

More than 3000 people signed the ‘Gatvol’ Petition!!

ALL RESIDENTS AND BUSINESS OWNERS IN THE FAR SOUTH PENINSULA
are invited to a meeting with officials from the City of Cape Town
Monday 18 April, 18h00hrs
Fish Hoek Town Hall

Residents are asking the City why traffic is at a standstill, why schools in the Far South are overflowing, why there are insufficient clinics in the area, and why the Far South is being neglected when it comes to public transport?

Why does the Mayor continue to approve new developments in the congested Far South Peninsula?

This is your chance to express your concerns and suggest solutions to City Officials. All are welcome.

Far South – Sign the “Gatvol” Petition Now!

“GATVOL” PETITION: Please sign by Sunday 3 April 2016

The Far South Peninsula Community Forum is dissatisfied with the uncontrolled development occurring in the Far South Peninsula and the lack of attention (iro infrastructure, Ocean View and Masiphumelele) being given to the Far South Peninsula by the City of Cape Town.

We are not against development per se, but we believe that over-development and extending urban areas into areas not previously zoned for development – without the necessary infrastructure and facilities – is one way of killing off the Far South Penisula. It is our unique mountain and coastal topography that is the driver of our economy based on tourism and recreation and we do not want this to be destroyed.

The FSPCF has launched a petition campaign – “Gatvol Petition”.  The purpose of this petition is two-fold:

-to get across to the City, the DA and the Mayor how we feel in the Far South Peninsula about some of their decisions;
-to raise local awareness in the area about the huge negative impact that current and future development will have/is having in the Far South Peninsula.
You can read more and sign the petition here:  http://community.avaaz.org/petitions/the-far-south-is-g-a-t-v-o-l

Far South Peninsula Community Forum

Far South Peninsula Community Forum Report : Facing Facts

The Far South Community Forum is the joint voice of several civic, community and environmental member organizations in the Far South Peninsula; Clovelly, Fish Hoek, Imhoffs Gift, Kommetjie, Misty Cliffs, Noordhoek, Ocean View, Scarborough, Simon’s Town, Smitswinkel Bay, Sunnydale, Sun Valley.

What is the Far South?  The Far South comprises the Cape Peninsula south of
Chapman’s Peak, Silvermine Mountain and Kalk Bay, and its 85 km of coastline.
The Far South is characterised by spectacular mountains, varied coastlines, wetlands, dunes. and one of the richest assemblages of biodiversity, including plants, mammals, and marine, insect, amphibian, bird and reptile species.  85% of the Far South has been declared protected land in terms of various national and international legislation: World Heritage Site, Table Mountain National Park, Cape Peninsula Protected Natural Environment. A population of approximately 100 000 people inhabits the remaining 15% of land.

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New Development – Partridge Point, Smits Winkel Bay,Simon’s Town

Communities are invited to comment on the Final Basic Assessment Report (BAR) for the proposed development of Partridge Point on Portion 2 of Farm 1024, Smitswinkel Bay, Simon’s Town.

  • Partridge Point forms part of the :
    The buffer zone of the Cape Floristic Region World Heritage site
    The Cape Peninsula Protected Natural Environment (CPPNE)
    The Coastal Protection Zone
    Falls outside of the urban edge

In order to comment you need to register as an I&AP by contacting Kim Wyngaardt on Tel: 021 762 3050.

Copies of the report are available for review at Simon’s Town Public Library or you can view the report online at :

http://www.chand.co.za
Click on Enter Site/Projects /Private Housing/Partridge Point

Please  fax your comments to :021 762 3240 or email
info@chand.co.za.

The deadline for comments is 20 October 2014.
All correspondence must include the reference number:
D:EA&DP: 16/3/1/1/a6/79/2096/13

 

ERF61 Proposed Retirement Village – Further Details

Further to the previous blog on the further public participation on the ERF61 Proposed Retirement Village, please find some links to further documents relating to this proposed development below.

People, who have not submitted their objection previously, can still register to comment. Please email the senior consultant, Jenna Theron (jenna@dougjeff.co.za), dealing with this proposed development. The period to register your objections is from 23 January – 14 February 2014.

Letter to DEA&DP Response
Appendix A Rejection of BAR
Appendix B Service Capacity
Appendix C Revised Layout

Erf 61 location map

ERF 61 Proposed Retirement Village further Public Participation.

Dear Interested and Affected Party

NOTICE OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PROCESS

RE: ADDITIONAL INFORMATION – THE PROPOSED RETIREMENT VILLAGE ON A PORTION OF REMAINDER ERF 61, SIMONS TOWN.

DEA&DP REF NO: E12/2/4/1-A5/182-2066/11

Please refer to:14.01.20 Notification Letter Additional Information

Kind regards,

Jenna Theron (BA, MPhil)
Senior Consultant

Doug Jeffery Environmental Consultants
PO Box 44, Klapmuts, 7625
Tel: 021 875 5272
Fax: 021 875 5515
Website: www.dougjeff.co.za