Urgent site meeting soon for proposed development in Raceview

PLANS FOR DEVELOPMENT

ALBERTON residents are asked to get involved in discussions over plans to develop medium density housing planned for Raceview.

At 09:00 on Wednesday, July 12, a site inspection will be held at 2 Joyce Street (corner of Phantom Street), followed by a hearing at the Alberton Town Council Chambers, Civic Centre, Alwyn Taljaard Avenue.

Developers are proposing the rezoning permitted for a piece of land (which the developer swapped from the Gauteng Department of Education) that is at this stage zoned for educational purposes.

At a residents meeting held in 2015, a general consensus was that use of property designated for education would seem to be irresponsible.

“Currently, the local schools are overloaded and overcrowded and are in need of additional educational accommodation for learners as well as additional space for learner recreation/sporting facilities,” said Gene Fivaz, a resident who is opposed to the development.

It was proposed at the 2015 meeting that the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality (EMM) in conjunction with the Developer will have to ensure that certain issues be effectively resolved and that the other half of the site will remain for education purposes for a period of two years in order to evaluate the need for educational facilities in the area, and to consider viable proposals.

Some of the issues mentioned were:

  • Adequacy of water supply – currently barely adequate.
  • Adequacy of sewerage systems – currently appears to be overloaded.
  • Control of storm water – currently inadequate especially in Phantom Street.
  • Traffic congestion – original traffic study appears not to reflect mid-school term congestion and current chaos in Jacqueline Avenue. In order to cope, the Alberante Randhart Security Enclosure will have to be opened up.

Members present at the meeting (2015) said that until all points pertaining to above issues were resolved, they would resist the development.

“It is very important that all residents attend on July 12 and please bring twenty copies of your objections, this development cannot be allowed to be pushed through like this,” says Fivaz.

The RECORD contacted the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality for comment but they failed to do so by the time of going to print.

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David Pienaar
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