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Comment on environmental impact of proposed Strandfontein coastal node development<p>​The Strandfontein coastal node is located on the False Bay coastline at the southern end of Strandfontein Road, to the north of the tidal pool and pavilion, and east of Fisherman’s Lane. It is approximately 26 ha in extent.</p><p>‘The City has, over the past few years, identified areas along the False Bay coastline that could be developed into high quality urban nodes to the benefit of the surrounding communities. Some of these nodes include areas at Monwabisi, Mnandi, and Strandfontein.</p><div>‘A lot of planning and community participation have already happened around the proposals for Strandfontein, and now the immediate community and other interested parties have another opportunity to submit comments on how the proposed development will impact the coastal and natural environment. The National Environmental Management Act requires an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for this coastal site given that the proposed development falls within 100m of the high water mark. This is a very important process and I encourage residents to participate,’ said the City’s Deputy Mayor and Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Eddie Andrews. <br></div><div><br></div><div><img src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Images%202/Strandfontein%20coastal%20urban%20node.jpeg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:880px;" /><br></div><div><br></div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>The public is encouraged to attend an open house on 17 April 2024 at the Strandfontein Community Hall, and to submit comments by 6 May 2024. </div><div><br></div><div>The proposed development framework for the Strandfontein coastal urban node includes:</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>residential and retail opportunities, including possible conference and hotel facilities</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>recreational facilities, including a picnic area, walkways, and terraces</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>a public space to accommodate markets </div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>to retain the natural wetland areas </div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>to rehabilitate the natural environment through stabilising the dune area, among others</div><div><br></div><div>‘The proposed development will occur mainly on the northern, western, and central sections of the site; the eastern section is preserved for biodiversity and the southern section includes the Strandfontein Pavilion and tidal pool.</div><div><br></div><div>‘Our intention is to create a high quality coastal urban node; a destination that will attract economic opportunities, assist with job creation and economic growth, together with the provision of well-located residential opportunities. Same as other areas along our coastline, we want to see a Strandfontein that is used and enjoyed by local residents and visitors all-year round. At the same time, we have to ensure the proposed development is sustainable and sensitive to our coastal and natural environment,’ said Alderman Andrews. </div><div><br></div><div>The City appointed an independent environmental consultant to undertake the EIA related to the proposed development and required statutory processes.</div><div><br></div><div>All are invited to attend the open house to learn more about the proposed development:</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>On Wednesday, 17 April 2024</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Attend any time between 15:00 and 19:00</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>At the Strandfontein Community Hall</div><div><br></div><div>How to participate and comment</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Register as an interested and affected party by sending an email to comments@infinityenv.co.za or</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Send a WhatsApp message to 060 524 7676</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Read the background information document about the proposed Strandfontein Coastal Urban Node Development online at www.infinityenv.co.za/strandfontein</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>The closing date for comments is 6 May 2024</div><div><br></div><div>‘This is an exciting proposal which leverages Strandfontein’s unique location, set in a vast landscape with wide-angled views of False Bay, the distant mountains and sand dunes. The proposed development re-imagines this node beyond recreation to include housing and retail, while also protecting the sensitive marine and natural environment,’ said Alderman Andrews. <br></div><div><br></div><div>End<br></div>2024-04-08T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#37a8eeb9-5706-43ae-96b3-7b3f04962af0;L0|#037a8eeb9-5706-43ae-96b3-7b3f04962af0|urban;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#40a3fc81-398b-4b43-9ae5-09062453094e;L0|#040a3fc81-398b-4b43-9ae5-09062453094e|planning;GP0|#6ea692aa-a5ef-408f-b41e-0c34b64dcdcb;L0|#06ea692aa-a5ef-408f-b41e-0c34b64dcdcb|coastal;GP0|#12172a04-58cb-441a-9cfc-4a182d1d8b3b;L0|#012172a04-58cb-441a-9cfc-4a182d1d8b3b|strandfontein10

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