Cape Town’s South Peninsula will welcome a new mixed-use development. Located near Imhoff Farm in Kommetjie, the public participation process is set to commence mid-July 2020 as part of the required Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).
The proposed development site comprises of 58,63 hectares of Cape Farm 1529 and it will include retirement, residential, retail, and educational amenities with close to 22 hectares set aside as a conservation area.
Landowner and developer, Red Cliff Property Pty Ltd. has developed numerous smaller residential estates in Kommetjie, including Imhoff’s Gift and Bluewater Estate.
Managing Director, Gerhard van der Horst says that their vision is to “sensitively develop the remainder of Cape Farm 1529 to address the future needs of our growing community.” The application for the rezoning of the land to ‘sub-divisional area zone’ is underway and consistent with the City of Cape Town’s forward planning. The ‘Master Plan’ application is to create a sustainable community where people can live and to work, integrated with those in the surrounding areas.
“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 it will act as a link between the Ocean View
and Kommetjie communities. 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 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, promoting job creation and increasing income levels as well as contributing to the struggling local economy” explains Van der Horst.
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.
The proposed site will include a retirement village of over 200 units with a security estate and three-storey apartment blocks. Supplementary amenities such as shops, offices and a school will complement the residential elements and 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.
Van der Horst says the proposed development is designed to achieve a balance between providing much-needed housing and protecting the environment. Homes will be built on land with lower ecological sensitivity and will be sufficiently set back from the sensitive wetland habitat to the north of the site. The houses will be located to minimise their visual impact on the site. Close to 55% of the total development area will comprise of open space which supports the vision to retain the area’s rural aspect.
According to the recently completed environmental scoping report, the proposed development site is undeveloped and contains some indigenous vegetation including 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.
The Public Participation Process (PPP) is due to begin in July and it will enable interested and Affected Parties (I&APs) to engage with the process and to help identify issues and concerns that need to be addresses. 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.