Division: Spatial Planning
The Division Spatial Planning consists of a Spatial Planning Unit, a Heritage Unit and a GIS Unit.
1. Spatial Planning Section
The purpose of spatial planning is to provide a framework for the spatial vision and form of Drakenstein Municipality. The approved Spatial Development Framework (SDF) provides guidelines for future development and growth of the Municipal Area in a predictable manner to enhance the quality of life of its residents. The SDF is currently on review and will be finalised in the 2014/2015 financial year with the main priority being to guide new investment, give effect to the principles as stated in the Integrated Development Plan and identify priority areas for strategic intervention.
The spatial planning unit is responsible for the following activities:
• Developing Spatial Development Framework
• Developing policies and strategies guiding the long term development of the municipality.
• Identifying land for development.
• Processing of Land Application.
• Heritage Recourse Management.
2. Heritage Section
The purpose of heritage is to identify, protect and manage the heritage (built form) of the Drakenstein Municipality. A key project was the completion of a heritage resources survey which was approved by Heritage Western Cape in 2013. Another project completed was the issuing of heritage guidelines booklets to residents, developers and professionals involved with the build environment.
3. GIS Section
The purpose of the GIS Section is to provide and maintain the geographical information system for planning services within Drakenstein Municipality; to actively participate in the development and maintenance of corporate Drakenstein GIS Services such as Web-based Intranet Services; Integrated Business Systems; and Web-editing Business Support Services. A major project was participation in the design, development testing and implementation of a new more stable, robust and adaptable Geographic Information System for Drakenstein.
4. Operational Projects
Spatial Development Framework (SDF):
The SDF Review Process as a core component of Integrated Development Plan in terms
of Section 26(e) of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, No. 32 of 2000 was initiated by the Spatial Planning Division in January 2014. The timeframe for completion of the project is set for 14 months and an approved SDF is planned for June 2015. The SDF will give guidance on overarching planning principles and profile proposals for strategic interventions for specific precincts identified within Drakenstein Municipality.
Klapmuts North Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA):
The Spatial Planning Division finalised a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for the Klapmuts North Area in order to provide guidance on the development potential of land in the area. This SEA will inform the next phase, being a Precinct Plan for the Klapmuts North Area.
Wellington Industrial Park SEA:
The Spatial Planning Section embarked on a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for the Wellington Industrial Park in order to explore possible expansion of the industrial area and to identify areas of conservation within the area. The first round of the public participation was concluded and Specialist Investigations were also conducted which led to the compilation of the Draft SEA.
The following steps will now take place to complete the project:
• Presentation of findings to municipality
• A follow up focus group meeting to present the findings and request comment
• Compilation of final report and submission thereof to Council for approval.
The project is envisaged to be completed by the end of November 2014.
Simondium Rural Settlement Precinct Plan:
The Precinct Plan assesses the opportunities and constraints of the precinct as a whole (study area) as well as the node of Simondium. The study area is characterised by agriculture (mostly wine), tourism (natural & cultural heritage) and transport (road and rail linkages between Paarl, Klapmuts, Franschhoek, Pniel & Stellenbosch). The Precinct Plans’ recommendations are based on building on these opportunities.
The need for housing (due to farm worker evictions and informal settlements) within the Simondium node was also affirmed. The Precinct Plan provides for various options where the future development (including possible housing) of the Simondium Node should take place. These options were divided into short, medium and long term options.
Heritage Guideline Booklet
The compilation of heritage guidelines for Drakenstein Municipality was finalised in the 2012/2013 financial year. These heritage guidelines were being featured in a user-friendly heritage booklet in the 2013/2014 financial year. These booklets were distributed to residents, developments and professionals involved in the build environment.
The GIS component participated in the design, development, testing and implementation of a new Geographic Information System for Drakenstein including business systems integration; Intranet web-based services; and business support
5. Operationl projects in Progress for the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 financial year
Spatial Development Framework
The purpose of the SDF is to guide future growth and development of the municipality based on an agreed vision and principles. The SDF is now available to the public for comment from 22 January-20 February. Open House events will take place on 29 January and 5 February. The project has gone through an extensive consultative process and will be submitted to Portfolio Committee, MAYCO and Council by June 2015.
Arboretum Urban Design Framework
The project was identified in the Drakenstein SDF and the goal of the project is to provide guidance on the future development and re-development of the Arboretum. This would include revitalisation, integration, upgrading, beautification and improved functioning of this open space.
The project is expected to be finalised in June 2015.
Wellington CBD Urban Design Framework
The project was identified in the Drakenstein SDF and the goal of the project is to provide guidance on the future development and re-development of the CBD of Wellington. This would include revitalisation, integration, upgrading, beautification and improved functioning of the CBD on various levels.
An overall urban design framework for the whole study area must be compiled and detailed planning and urban design must be done for various areas (precincts), as to be identified, within the CBD study area, with an implementation plan as an end product.
The project is expected to be finalised in October 2015.
Policy for the Naming & Renaming of Streets, Public Places, Natural Areas, Artefacts and Council-Owned Buildings & Facilities.
A formal request was received from the public to rename Klein Drakenstein Road. Seeing that there is no formal municipal policy dealing with the renaming of a street, the Planning Department identified the need for a policy addressing this issue.
The policy sets out criteria and rules for the evaluation of proposed names for new and existing features. Features refers to streets, public places, natural areas, artefacts and Council-owned buildings & facilities.
The policy further sets out the processes to be followed for each type of application and provides for the establishment of a Renaming Committee and Panel of Experts.
The draft policy will be submitted to the Portfolio Committee in May 2015.
Compilation of heritage guidelines for identified heritage overlay zones and the incorporation of Grade 3 heritage resources in the proposed integrated zoning scheme
The National Heritage Resources Act, 1999, (Act no 25 of 1999) (NHRA) was introduced to conserve, protect and manage the cultural landscape of South Africa. In terms of NHRA Section 30(5) it is a legal requirement for local authorities to compile an inventory of heritage resources within their area of jurisdiction. When read with Section 34 of NHRA, this includes the identification, mapping and grading of structures older than 60 years.
The required end result of this project is to provide guidelines and a by-law for the protection and management of the Grade III heritage resources and the overlay zones within the Drakenstein Municipal area.
A draft document will be available by end of January 2015, whereafter this office will engage with the Portfolio Holder and MAYCO to discuss the proposals.
A physical survey will be conducted to establish the number of backyard shacks within Drakenstein. The Survey is done in order to understand the living conditions of occupiers residing in these backyard structures and information needs to be gathered on the level of municipal services, number of people occupying the structure, the type of structures used for habitable purposes and its economic benefits/challenges.
The information gathered will be used to recommend a policy and a way forward in addressing and improving the living conditions of the occupants.
The pilot project (Chicago area) will be completed between April-May and thereafter the rest of the municipal area will be surveyed in phases.
Identification of land on a ward-level
The project entails the identification of land for residential, crèche, church & other community uses per ward. The aim of the project is to develop a pro-active approach in dealing with land applications thus promoting the use of land in a holistic manner (sustainable development of land) rather than dealing with land applications on an ad-hoc manner.
Project to be submitted to Council between August-September.