Verkykerskop SDF by gyvwpsjkko



First Consultation Session with
  Governmental Role-players
         1March 2007
• Welcoming and Attendance
• Micro SDF Work Plan
• Background
• Legal Mandate
• Micro SDF & Development Concept
• Role Player Departments Inputs/
• Lunch
• Site Visit
Micro SDF Work Plan
           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
• 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
            Development Concept
                 SDF 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
           Development Concept
                 SDF 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
   – Marginal and fallow fields to be rehabilitated
• Urban fringe concept
• Note: Residential density to decrease from
  urban centre
• Sport, cultural tourism activities
          Development Concept

•   To cover broad economic spectrum
•   Various themes & Architectural style
•   Housing options
•   Variation of density and size
         Development Concept
             Environmental 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.
          Development Concept
• Alternative renewable energy sources
• Private provision of bulk services (utility
   – Water (investigate geo-hydrological options)
   – Central treatment of sewerage
   – Grey water usage
   – Solid waste removal
   – Electricity (renewable, supplementary to ESKOM
   – Roads and streets
• Landing strip
• Roads Project
        Development Concept

• 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
           Development Concept
               Urban 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
         Development Concept
• Unlocking the potential of the northern section of
  the Maloti Tourism Route (establishment of a
• Capitalise on existing resources
• Catalyst / Partnerships
• Tourist destination halfway between Durban and
  Johannesburg – just off the N3
         Development Concept
                Tourism: 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
• 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
         Development Concept
                 Tourism: Existing
• Old Mill and general dealer
• Organised equestrian activities
• Autumn festival
• Agro-tourism
• Horse breeding, sports and auction
• Cultural tourism / exploitation of indigenous
• Flyfishing
• Offroading
• Existing Guesthouses & Restaurant in
Role Player Departments
  Inputs and Requirements
     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
    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
• 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]
    Department of Tourism, Environmental and
                Economic Affairs

• Concern regarding establishment of alien species
• Concern regarding offroading
• Availability of documentation
• Protection of existing resources (“environmental
• Concern regarding impact on surrounding area
• DTEEA to identify certain key environmental role-
• Tourism inputs to be gathered from DC (refer to
  existing study)
     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
• Increased traffic
• Consultation with road project engineers (Rudnat)
• Traffic calming/ slowing down measures to be
  discussed with department
• Building lines and building restrictions (relaxation
• Parking
   South African Police Service
• Upgrading of facilities in progress (36 staff)
• Existing facilities may be upgraded in future
• Residential component is on site
     Department of Education
• Inputs required from Dept. if schools are
  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
• “Alternative” service provision options
• Fresh approach (continuous liaison with department)
• Origin of existing land uses (refer to title deeds, permits,
• Impact of development on existing settlement/ service

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