ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
10 NOVEMBER 2017
 
Public Invited to Comment on the Densification Implementation Plan for EThekwini
 
EThekwini Municipality will be hosting public consultation meetings to allow interested and affected members of the public to comment on the Central Densification Strategy.
 
The Strategy provides policies and guidelines on building and planning for the City, which informs densification proposals to ensure eThekwini remains a progressive City in which people enjoy living, working and investing.
 
The Densification Strategy also aims to make the City more efficient, sustainable and a place that offers a broader range of living environments.
 
The public meetings will provide detailed information on the location of densification areas, urban design, typology, incentives and scheme controls to facilitate densification.
 
Interested parties are invited to attend the public meetings scheduled as follows:
 
•11 November at Woodhurst Library, Galaxy Place in Chatsworth from 2pm to 5pm,
•12 November at Bonela Secondary School, 31 Bonela Road from 2pm to 5pm and,
•13 November at Pinetown Civic Centre from 1pm to 5pm.
 
The Municipality is conducting a feasibility study of the Strategy on the Urban Core (outer boundaries i.e. the connections between Pinetown, Durban CBD and uMlazi) in order to ensure sustainable resource use and the creation of sustainable human settlements.
 
A key aspect of the Strategy will involve the identification of land parcels and detailed land use changes at scheme level to effect the objectives of the study through the selection of pilot sites to test densification.
 
EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede said the Municipality developed the Central Densification Strategy to ensure that while facing these challenges, the City remains a premier place in which people will choose to live, work, invest and visit.
 
“The Strategy will inform where detailed densification should take place, why those areas were selected and how it will assist the City to respond to areas under pressure for densification. At the time it will ensure that the natural environment is protected,” she said.
 
Mayor Gumede said the Strategy will assist the Municipality to meet the needs of housing of different income levels.
 
It will also assist to restructure the built environment in a more efficient, equitable and convenient manner for residents. At the same time it will promote high quality living environments by providing people with access to economic and social opportunities.
 
For more information and enquiries contact Devoshini Konar or Fazal Ebrahim on 031 3117717/7904 or email: Devoshini.Konar@durban.gov.za or Fazal.Ebrahim@durban.gov.za
 
ENDS
 
Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Head of Communications, Tozi Mthethwa.
 
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